Heritage Award

Posted on: Thursday, 8 June 2017 at 8:12:23 PM



At the 2017 Heritage Council of Western Australia’s Heiritage Awards night on 2 June, the Monsignor Hawes Heritage Centre was announced as the winner of the “Interpretation Project” category.


Fr Robert Cross, Diocesan Director of Heritage, together with Mr Scott Watson  of Publik (who designed and installed the interpretive display) received the award from the Minister for Heritage the Honourable David Templeman MLA and Ms Anne Arnold , Chair of the Heritage Council of Western Australia.



Judge's citation:

This state-of-the-art interpretive centre within the grounds of St Francis Xavier's Cathedral in Geraldton captures the life, history and artefacts of Monsignor Hawes, priest, architect and builder. The contemporary and accessible exhibition uses Hawes’ own words, taken from his extensive records, drawings and diary entries to tell his story.

Visitors to the Monsignor Hawes Heritage Centre are invited into Hawes' personal memories as they learn about the important influence this priest and architect had through the Midwest and Gascoyne communities. The centre also serves as the gateway to the Monsignor Hawes Heritage Trail.

Geraldton’s Monsignor Hawes Heritage Centre (MHHC) is a state-of-the-art interpretive centre, within the grounds of St Francis Xavier's Cathedral, that tells the story of architect-priest Monsignor John Cyril Hawes through his own words.

By utilising Hawes’ diary entries, drawings and personal records, visitors are privy to Hawes' personal thoughts.

Large pull-out display drawers, designed to strict conservation standards, display a selection of Hawes’ original drawings and documents that wouldn’t otherwise be seen due to their delicate nature.

The MHHC complements the adjacent cathedral and is the gateway to the Monsignor Hawes Heritage Trail.


The Monsignor Hawes Heritage Centre Museum is open 7 days a week from 10:00 a.m.  - 4:00 p.m.

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