Not normally one of our focus points – religious establishments, but this cathedral is beautiful and there is also a story behind its designer, Monsignor Hawes. John Cyril Hawes was born September 7th, 1876 in Richmond, England. He studied architecture and 1903 he was ordained as an Anglican Deacon in St Paul’s Cathedral, London. Hawes converted to Catholicism in New York in 1911. Just four years later he was ordained a Catholic Priest in Rome.
Hawes arrived in Western Australia at the beginning of November 1915. To cut a very long story short, Hawes designed many religious establishments in the following years and we visited many of these as we traveled south from Geraldton.