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 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 $5.50 at
Click here for Map Showing Hawes Sites in Midwest and Gascoyne WA