Priest and Architect

Monsignor John Hawes was a priest and architect who designed and built many inspirational churches and other buildings in Western Australia's Mid-West, Gascoyne and Murchison areas  between 1915 and 1939.  He was a kind, passionate, and determined man who struggled daily to balance his architectural work with his religious duties.
The Hawes Heritage Trail takes you on a journey to the buildings he created where you will discover the fascinating story of his life and work.
The Trail takes you through diverse landscapes ranging from  stunning beaches to the edges of the outback and colourful spring wildflowers.   Step back in time and imagine this countryside as it would have been in John Hawes' day.
We hope you enjoy exploring the beautiful Mid-West and the wonderful stories it has to offer.  Further information can be found at the Monsignor Hawes Heritage Centre Museum in Geraldton and the local Visitors Centres or Shire Offices.
Click on the links below to hear  the story and see  pictures of his life and work in the Mid-West of WA.
A brochure and USB, with the audio stories and a map showing all Hawes  Sites in the Midwest and Gascoyne, is available for $6:00  at
Monsignor Hawes Heritage Centre Museum
Mullewa Community Resource Centre
Northampton Visitors Centre
Geraldton Visitors Centre
Geraldton Library
Mullewa Priesthouse Museum
Perenjori Visitors Centre

Click here for Map Showing Hawes Sites in Midwest and Gascoyne WA