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Monsignor Hawes Heritage Walk

Located in Mullewa, this trail was designed to be an “outdoors interpretive centre”, detailing the life and significant works of the remarkable architect-priest, Monsignor John Hawes, during his time in Western Australia between 1915 and 1939.  The project goal was to not only provide a major attraction in Mullewa, but also to encourage visitors to spread out and visit the other Hawes buildings right across the Mid West.  Opened on Easter Monday 2009, this was one of a wide suite of trail and interpretive projects undertaken for the then Shire of Mullewa.

With its unique set of hardy outdoor structures, the trail provides a detailed insight into this extraordinary man without the ongoing expense of staffing a “normal” interpretive centre.  Shelters and arches were designed to match key elements of Hawes’ architectural designs, while steel cut-outs of his beloved dog, Dominee, accompany visitors along the trail.  Large-format etched anodised aluminium panels lead walkers on a chronological journey through Hawes life and work, ending at his hand-built Church of Our Lady of Mt Carmel.

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