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Hawes Heritage Trail

Hawes Heritage Trail Map Final years: the hermit of Cat Island On the move: back to the Bahamas Mullewa’s Monsignor: a hard but happy life The conscious stones: his own church and priest-house Diocesan Architect: a busy builder indeed Geraldton and Mullewa: cathedral-builder and parish priest The outback missionary: horseman and good sport Rome and beyond: Beda College and Bishop Kelly Missionary man: the Bahamas and Catholicism Dual roles: Anglican priest and architect Home base: childhood and family, school and architecture

Waypoint 1

The young John Hawes enthusiastically devoted himself to studying architecture and learned to carve and model in clay and stone, skills that were later highly evident in his church buildings.

Waypoint 2

Mon. Hawes first posting to the Church of the Holy Redeemer in the Clerkenwell slums of London proved an ideal framework for the young curate, who quickly adopted a way of life that brought him into close contact with his poor parishioners. He lived a strict monastic life here – but still managed to find time to design substantial new buildings.

Waypoint 3

After a severe hurricane in the Bahamas wrecked all but two of 12 stone church buildings on Long Island, Mon. Hawes left England to help the rebuilding effort, but what were his 'growing doubts concerning the Church of England'?

Waypoint 4

What did Beda College offer Hawes, an older "independent minded" man of considerable life experience?

And why did Hawes respond to Bishop Kelly's 'call from afar', from the vast, untamed and empty Western Australia?

Waypoint 5

In typical resolute fashion, Hawes quickly adapted to these difficult circumstances and was soon recognised throughout his far-flung parish as "a good sport".

Spending countless hours in the saddle, ministering to the isolated areas of his parish, what did he come to make of his natural horsemanship?

Waypoint 6

Architect, foreman, labourer and fund-raiser, such was Hawes work load of the iconic cathedral. Hawes then split his time and energy between the construction project and his appointment to the parish of Mullewa. What simple altar did he create to engage the Aboriginal population of Mullewa?

Waypoint 7

Buildings in Morawa, Kojarena, Carnarvon, Geraldton, Tardun, Perenjori, Carnamah, Nanson and Bluff Point remain as a dramatic and alluring testament to the skill and productivity of this remarkable man. Which caused him considerable grief, due to an extended disagreement with the local priest?

Waypoint 8

It was not until his church in Mullewa was complete that Hawes responded to the Archbishop’s direction and drew up plans for his "priesthouse". Who, as a result of Hawes attention to detail, received their own private entrance, low down in one wall?

Waypoint 9

John Hawes was to be at Mullewa for from 1916 to 1938. In this time he became a highly respected and much loved member of the community. Even in the early years, while distracted by the Geraldton cathedral project, his devotion to his parish was extraordinary.

Waypoint 10

Six months after leaving Western Australia, some 29 years since he had sighted the Bahamas, Mon. Hawes returned to his beloved islands. The final phase of his extraordinary life was about to begin.

Waypoint 11

After a period of 'lurid publicity' and high demand for his architectural talent Mon. Hawes chose to retire to Cat Island. Now he could enjoy the quiet and peaceful life he so longed for – or could he?

  1. Home base: childhood and family, school and architecture
  2. Dual roles: Anglican priest and architect
  3. Missionary man: the Bahamas and Catholicism
  4. Rome and beyond: Beda College and Bishop Kelly
  5. The outback missionary: horseman and good sport
  6. Geraldton and Mullewa: cathedral-builder and parish priest
  7. Diocesan Architect: a busy builder indeed
  8. The conscious stones: his own church and priest-house
  9. Mullewa's Monsignor: a hard but happy life
  10. On the move: back to the Bahamas
  11. Final years: the hermit of Cat Island

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