Opening of Monsignor Hawes Heritage Centre

Posted on: Wednesday, 19 April 2017 at 4:04:12 PM

On September 3rd 2016   the Monsignor Hawes Heritage Centre was officially opened by the Honourable Colin Barnett MLA, Premier of WA. and blessed by the Bishop  of Geraldton, the Most Rev. Justin Bianchini. 


The building includes a museum and cafe fronted by a large paved  piazza. The museum tells the story and displays artifacts associated with the priest and architect Monsignor John Cyril Hawes. It encourages the viewer to visit Hawes' unique heritage buildings spread throughout the Midwest and Gascoyne region of WA.

The foyer of the Centre is enhanced by a tryptic art piece titled Dolor, Spes, Sanatio et Redemptio (Sorrow, Hope, Healing and Redemption).  The piece was commissioned by the Diocese of Geraldton and created by Sabrina Dowling Giudici, Bonni Ingram and Anton Blume of Carnarvon based Fuse Art Collective.

The Centre was made possible by a $1.54m contribution from the Liberal National Government's Royalties for Regions programme, a $651,038 grant from Lotterywest and significant contributions from the Diocese of Geraldton and the wider community.

To see the photos associated with this milestone in the history of the Diocese, click here.



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