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In 1903 he was ordained an Anglican priest, after which he worked in the Bahamas. He later converted to Roman Catholicism and was ordained a Catholic priest in Rome on February 27, 1915, after which he was sent to Geraldton, Western Australia where he worked as a both a priest and an architect.
Monsignor Hawes' architectural work in the Mid West region of Western Australia is renowned. He was appointed Diocesan Architect and designed:
- The Cathedral of St Francis Xavier, a Spanish Mission style cathedral in Geraldton. The completed building was officially opened in 1938
- Nazareth House in Geraldton
- The Cemetery Chapel of the Holy Spirit in Geraldton
- The Church of Our Lady of Mount Carmel and adjoining priest house in Mullewa
- Churches for many agricultural towns in the region; including Morawa, Perenjori, Yalgoo and Northampton.
- Only two private residences were designed - one being the homestead for Melangata Station north of Yalgoo, the other could be the White Tower in Bognor Regis, UK, built as a holiday residence for him and his brothers with a single bedroom on each floor and a parlour.
The Monsignor Hawes Heritage Trail is a tourist route which visits many of these buildings, some of which he also built.
He also designed the Anglican Church of S. Christopher, in Gunnerton a small village in the North Tyne valley, Northumberland. . The building has recently been beautifully restored and now boasts a fine stained glass window by William Tillyer in the W end (thanks to the efforts of the present incumbent Rev. J. Wylam).
- ↑ Monsignor Hawes - Architect/Priest, City of Geraldton
- ↑ Mullewa, Sydney Morning Herald, February 8, 2004
- ↑ Pevsner: The Buildings of England-Northumberland Pub. by Penguin
- Monsignor Hawes' Heritage Project geraldtondiocese.org.au
- Evans, A. G. The conscious stone : a biography of John C. Hawes Melbourne : Polding Press, 1984. ISBN 0-85884-376-5 (pbk.)
- Taylor, John Between devotion and design : the architecture of John Cyril Hawes 1876-1956 Nedlands, W.A. : University of Western Australia Press, 2000. ISBN 1-876268-16-6
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