Meander to Melangata
22nd June 2019
A group of 60 people travelled out from Geraldton to visit the Hawes-designed Melangata Station Homestead. The building was commissioned by a Yalgoo storekeeper, Mr Caleb Williamson, who had purchased the lease of Melangata and wanted a home for his wife and 6 children. The home is built from locally quarried stone and some of its notable features are its breezeways, gable entrance, turret and chapel.
As part of the trip out to Melangata the group visited the St Hyacinth’s Chapel designed and built by Hawes for the Dominican Sisters in Yalgoo. This is the smallest of Hawes’ church buildings anywhere in the world.
On the return journey there was a stop in Mullewa to see the beautiful Our Lady of Mt Carmel Church, the Priesthouse, and a painting by Hawes on the wall of what had been the Presentation Sisters’ Chapel.