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Day 20 Queensland to Western Australia

Leonora - Sandstone Western Australia 1st August

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Extra wide load

We hooked up the caravan and were on the way again, but first I walked Leonora's main street as the sun was in the right direction for photos I couldn't take the day before.
As Leonora is the largest commercial centre north of Kalgoorlie, it offers many services and facilities for travellers and the locals, so we took advantage of this and filled with fuel and topped up our food supply here. We had only been on the road a short time when we met some huge wide loads carrying mining equipment up north. There was plenty of room to pull off the road and let them pass.

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As we travelled north along the Goldfields highway towards Leinster, we noticed the lovely Rest area of Sullivan's creek. There is plenty of room to pull off and to be able to turn around. This site has lovely gum trees for much needed shade and a permanent water hole. An Iron cut-out and some information boards are at the location. A great spot for rest and to have morning tea, lunch etc, OR STAY, AS THIS IS A FREE CAMPING SPOT AND A REALLY NICE ONE.
You need to be self sufficient as there are no toilets or showers, but there are picnic tables and pets are allowed.

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The "Breakaways"

Leinster was the next town we came across, it was named after the nearby station of Leinster Downs Station. It was first established in 1976 as a company town where the Miners from the nickel mine of the Agnew Gold Mining Company could live.
There isn't much in the town, but outside it are the "Breakaways," a formation of small cliffs in colours of red, orange and white. The wind had created interesting shapes, even some honeycombing and caves - I had fun clambering around seeing what I could find. This area has plenty of room to pull off the road to stopeven larger vehicles are catered for.

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The "Breakaways"

We arrived at Sandstone from Leinster and found another old gold mining town which hasn't quite become small enough to be known as a ghost town. The boom town was established in the 1890s and had become a virtual ghost town by the end of World War 1 as many of the miners went off to serve overseas and never returned.
Today, Sandstone is a sleepy little mining and agriculture town with a population of around 50 people, most work for the shire or are retired pensioners that do a little prospecting around the area.

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Sandstone is still rich with gold and the wildlife in the surrounding area is abundant. August and September is the ideal time to visit for the beautiful wildflower displays in the outback.
Even though the town isn't much, we found Sandstone had a Tourist Drive, only dirt and quite narrow, but worth following to see interesting formations.

We stopped at London Bridge, one of the main attractions in Sandstone, and so it should be! I have seen a few London Bridges' in my time, this one is up there with the best.

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London Bridge

The colour of the rocks in this area is a brilliant orange, really very pretty. The Bridge itself is approx. 800 metres long, varying in height from around 3 to 10 metres. It was formed from weathered basalt believed to be about 350 million years old. Rocks of the Sandstone belt are close to 2 billion years old. Astronomers believe the age of the earth itself to be 4.6 billion years, so the Sandstone strata are little less than half the age of the planet.

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At London Bridge

Over time, the bridge is getting thinner and thinner and will eventually fall. In the early days, the Bridge was strong and wide enough for a Horse & buggy to cross, since then it has eroded away, so now there are signs warning not to walk on and over the Bridge as it may collapse, a warning we heeded. A pity another couple didn't do the same!
There are many great photo opportunities from ground level.
There is plenty of area for free parking and turning around, some picnic tables and information about London Bridge.

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Brewery Cave

Also on the same road as London Bridge was the remains of a Brewery, there is nothing at first sight to indicate a brewery was here, only a sign!

In 1907, Irishman "J V Kearney", decided to provide Beer for the many miners working in the area, so he built a Brewery on top of a breakaway, (rock formation) close to where the cliff drops some 30-40 feet. I followed the rough dirt trail to the top and found where water was pumped from a well. It was through gravitation that the water flowed down to the coolers (which were provided with fans in the hot weather) and to two large vats on the main floor. From there it went to the cellar, which was the sizeable tunnel I had first seen. The cellar was originally cut out with dynamite, and the material out of it, was made into a loading ramp so that the wagons could drive up to the door to load the beer.

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Brewery remains.

The Sandstone Brewery cellar kept remarkably cool in the hottest weather by means of a hole bored through the ceiling of the cellar up to the top of the breakaway.
The liquor from the Sandstone brewery was sold to the surrounding hotels until the railway line came to Sandstone, then regular supplies of beer came from other Breweries, thus the Sandstone Brewery closed for business.

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Views from Peter Denny Lookout

Leaving Sandstone behind, we travelled 36 kms on the Sandstone-Leinster Road, stopping at the Peter Denny Lookout, named after a former Shire President who was tragically killed in an accident on the Mount Magnet-Sandstone Road in 1977. Located on the edge of the highway, it overlooks stunning Breakaway country. It was getting near the end of the day, so I didn't walk down to the breakaway formation and explore caves there. The views from the top are of orange cliffs and a endless sea of flat spinifex scrub extending out to the horizon, complete with Wedge tail Eagles circling overhead.

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Peter Denny Look-out

It is a very nice area for a picnic and has picnic benches, rubbish bins and fire pits. It is a FREE CAMP area. As it was on the edge of the highway we decided not to stay here, but moved on further where we could free camp well of the road.

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Day 21 Queensland to Western Australia

Mount Magnet August 2nd

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Mt. Magnet

We are in the outback, miles away from everything, just us in our caravan and the wildlife outside. This is the place to see the stars at their best! In the morning we found an inquisitive Kangaroo had checked our car during the night, how do we know - We found his paw prints and the mark he made in the sand with his tail.

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Mt. Magnet

From Sandstone, Mount Magnet was next, a town based around the mining and pastoral industries.
Gold was discovered here in July 1891, including the legendary Poverty Flats mining site, marking the beginning of the region's gold rush history. The town happens to be the longest surviving gold mining settlement in Western Australia, still people come here and try their luck gold prospecting and fossicking.

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Mt. Magnet

In 1854, Explorer "Robert Austin" found and named a hill West Mount Magnet due to the magnetic qualities of the rocks. The hill is made up of a lot of metamorphic rock and is capped by a flat top of desert sandstone. In 1972, the name was changed to Mount Warramboo, meaning camping place. Not to be missed is taking the drive approx. two thirds of the way up the hill to where there is plenty of space to park the car and turn around. From here, we had fabulous views over Mount Magnet and the mining area, it's actually the best vantage point to see the open cut mines.

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Mt. Magnet

Mount Magnet is a good place to buy supplies as it has two supermarkets, two roadhouses, three hotels, cafe, butcher, nursing post, post office, plus mechanical and engineering services. I must admit I was very surprised to see the median strip planted with roses, golly they looked healthy and were flowering well!

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Mt. Magnet

There is a town heritage walk to follow, this doesn't take long to do as the town is small. What shouldn't be missed, is the The Mount Magnet Heritage trail, a 37kms sign-posted tourist drive which takes you to see caves, spectacular rock formations, old towns and cemeteries and old mining settlements.

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Mt. Magnet

We always follow these, so off we went following the Brown tourist signposted drive along mainly dirt roads to our first stop, "The Granites."
Once again the colour of the escarpments or breakaways are a bright orange/red and incredibly beautiful!
The Granites are an escarpment about 15 metres high, formed by the erosion. Many caves have formed in the soft granite and have fantastic sculptured surfaces formed by the small curved quartz veins in the granite. For at least 20,000 years prior to settlement, the Badimia Aborigines have lived in this area and consider The Granites a place of strong cultural significance to the tribe. Their old carvings and paintings can be seen at several sites at The Granites.

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Near Mt. Magnet

There is also a “Gnamma” hole in this area known to a few local people, this being a traditional native well covered by a stone. Ceremonial and burial sites are also located within The Granites area, I didn't manage to find any of these.
Near Mt. Magnet

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Near Mt. Magnet

It's a beautiful place which I really enjoyed walking around, clambering over the rocks and finding the caves and enjoying the views. They say sunset is beautiful here, I can just imagine that! There is plenty of parking area and picnic tables so you can enjoy some time here.
The Granites is situated approx. 9km north of Mount Magnet, along the Great Northern Highway.

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Near Mt. Magnet

July - August is peak season to see wildflowers, although they flower through to October. In 2014 we were a little early, it all depends on the rainfall to what time they flower. The carpets of cream, yellow and pink had just begun covering the red earth. Everlastings, the protected Mulla Mulla, Eremophila shrubs with felted leaves and delicate flowers and many other species flower here.
At "The Granites," I was surprised to find so many wildflowers that looked to be growing out of the rocks, I guess they had found a little soil and after rain, water would have run into the crack in the rock and kept them alive. Clever plants!

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Near Mt. Magnet

Leaving the Granites behind, the tourist drive took us along a dirt road where one of the Breakaways looks like a Lions Head. Our final destination was Lennonville. All that has survived from a huge fire in 1909, is the old railway platform. Information boards told of a thriving town during the gold rush days when 3000 people lived here, during that time there were five Hotels.

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Our next stop was the historic Lennonville cemetery. I was rather disappointed with the cemetery as there was only one marked grave, I expected more.
A modern sign listed names of people buried here, many were young children or spouses at quite young ages.
Children - Alexander Campbell died of diphtheria aged 4years - Lillias, his sister died aged 8 years and his brother William aged 6 years. It is hard to imagine how the poor woman felt.
Others died at 15hours, 5 days, 12hours, 11 months, 4 months, 2 years, 5 months, 8months, all made me feel sad.
Some of the adults had accidents like Domenico Seghezzi from Italy, he fell down a 40ft shaft in the Long Reef Mine. Died aged 26 years
Others were only 39 years, 42 years and 33 years, all to young to die.

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Leaving Lennonville cemetery behind, we now are travelling along the Boogardie-Lennonville road past more brightly coloured rock formations to see a natural Amphitheatre, thought to be formed by an ancient waterfall to make this unique formation. There is a walk here that can be done, I didn't as by this time I was feeling rather tired.

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Near Mt. Magnet

Close to the Amphitheatre, is a Cave, formed through erosion during the Precambrian period, the time when the planet was created about 4.5 billion years ago and is the earliest of the geologic ages.

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Near Mt. Magnet.

Back in the car we get and follow the road past more brilliant scenery till we finally complete the tourist drive.

This completed our time spent in and around Mt. Magnet.

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Day 21 Queensland to Western Australia continued

Continuation from Mt. Magnet to Mullewa. 2nd August

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Mount Magnet had some wonderful scenery and excellent tourist drives to follow. We did them and now are making our way to wildflower country by heading to the small town of Yalgoo.

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Carpet of wild Daisies

Gold was discovered around Yalgoo in the early 1890s, and by 1895 there were diggings and buildings being erected. In January 1896, this area became the town of Yalgoo. There wasn't any big gold rush here, I don't know why, but only 650 Miners came to Yalgoo. World War II came and went and so did the people, so what is left is a very small town in this semi-arid climate with hot summers and mild to cool winters.

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Yalgoo has a historic tourist trail to follow, so we followed it but found some of the buildings were missing and all that remained was an information board with description and photo.
Some of the other old buildings were the Courthouse Museum with displays of old photographs, lots of gold rush history and the usual displays of old domestic items and some Aboriginal artifacts from the local area.
Next to the Courthouse is the restored old Yalgoo police station and jail. These were built in 1896, replacing the stick and chain method previously used.

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Dominican Chapel of St Hyacinth

When heading to the Yalgoo look-out, we passed by a gorgeous Dominican Chapel of St Hyacinth, quite famous as Monsignor John Hawes, the Architect Priest who came from Europe to Western Australia, designed the wood and stone Dominican Chapel of St Hyacinth for the Dominican Sisters who were working in Yalgoo in 1920. Not only did Hawes design the building, but he regularly travelled by horseback from Mullewa to oversee the construction and to work as a labourer for the local builder.

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Dominican Chapel of St Hyacinth

The Chapel of St Hyacinth forms part of the Monsignor John Hawes Heritage Trail, which is a self-drive four day tour including 15 houses of worship created by Monsignor Hawes.

After viewing the Chapel, we continued along the dirt road to Yalgoo Look-out, where the views were over the small town and the countryside, nothing outstanding, but it does give you an idea where mines are located and what the land looks like.

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Wildflowers

Wildflowers abound in wildflower season around here. We were here at the correct time, but as the rain hadn't hadn't come until late, this meant the flowering season was later, hence the wildflowers were just starting to cover the red earth in colour, another week and it would have been a spectacular sight!

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Wildflowers

From here, it is back on the main road (123) and to the town of Mullewa where we will stay for several nights.

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Day 22 Queensland to Western Australia

Mullewa 4th August

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We stayed at the council run Mullewa Caravan Park, located on Lovers Lane on the edge of town.. It's a very popular park as it's very cheap and well maintained, so you want to get here early, as if you come late there may not be a spare spot. Bookings are taken at Yarrumba Service Station & Deli, in Jose Street, so go there first otherwise you will have to come back.

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If your not sure, check at the Information centre located in the Town Hall across the road
Staff were helpful, supplying me with free tourist drive maps and marking on the maps where to find certain wildflowers. On the ceiling were dozens of wildflower bunches hanging upside down to dry.

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We decided we would follow the southern circuit tour map I had previously picked up at the Tourist Information centre. You can make the tour shorter or longer, it is up to you! The complete circuit is 145kms, which began in Mullewa and followed the sealed Mullewa-Mingenew road. Not all the roads are sealed, although we did find the gravel roads in very good condition. We allowed a full day for exploration.

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Wildflowers

The first marked stop was the Mullewa Cemetery, stop 2 was Devils Creek Hall, we didn't stop at either, instead we drove on, amazed at the sight of thousands of everlasting daisies creating fields of colour, in pinks, mauve, yellow, white and lemon. There were plenty of native shrubs in flower too! This was our first good sighting of wildflowers, I couldn't get over the incredible display.

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The sites are very easy to find, all you have to look for is the Brown tourist sign that shows you the way to the site, where I found a wonderful rusty steel cut-out of what the area is known for.

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Beside the rusted steel cut-out was an information plaque with the story.

It says..

"Hey - Stop that! Your cutting down my home!
Do you humans ever stop to think that you may not be the ones that have a use for a particular tree?
There are so few big Gum trees left out here, and these days we have to squeeze into hollow that are really too small for us. Or we have to fight with the budgies for them - or with those horrible smelly Bats...."

The cut-out is about the human population that has kept on cutting down trees for their fires to cook or to sit beside and keep warm without a worry about the consequences. The Aboriginals only took what they needed, but when the settlers came to this area, land was cleared for agriculture, impacting on the remaining natural environment.
It was good to see that Farmers these days, are re-planting quite large areas with all kinds of trees, making it much better for the environment and even the birds will be happy again!

The Reserve is home to 68 different bird species that rely on this native vegetation that has been saved from being cleared for growing wheat. The Eucalypts here provide nesting hollows for the Parrots and Cockatoos, they are even used by small Bats and Reptiles. I heard plenty of small twittering Birds in the denser scrub, just couldn't get a photo of them. Species who live here are Red -Throats, Thornbills, Babblers and Scrub Robins.

We are back on the road again and have to stop for a long Ore train at the railway crossing. Our next site was Tardun, all that remained here was a house and old Hall.

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Tardun Hall

The cut-out told the story of this town that was established in 1913. It contained a general store, post office, telephone exchange, bakery, church, town hall and a garage, nearly all of these have gone.

There was a school established outside of Tardun, run by the Catholic organisation called the Knights of the Southern Cross. Disadvantaged and Orphaned Boys aged 14 and over were brought here to learn farming for a period not supposed to be more than 2 years, some stayed longer

The town of Tardun was run by the Catholic Brothers as the administrators and the students as the general population. The bakery produced enough bread and rolls every Saturday morning to meet the school's need for the rest of the week.
The farm had orchards where they grew Oranges, Lemons, Limes and Mandarins, and a vegetable garden where all kinds of vegetables were grown, enough to feed the staff and students. Sheep were slaughtered in the schools killing shed, and every Saturday, the Chicken House with its hundred or so chooks produced enough eggs for daily requirements, a herd of Cows provided enough milk for the school.
The kitchen was equipped to feed an army and an industrial laundry was big enough to cope with all the washing . On site were fully equipped workshops and machinery storage sheds.

For recreation there was a great choice. A squash court, cricket nets, swimming pool, tennis and basketball courts and a full size football oval meant the boys were spoilt for choice. On the grounds was a chapel bigger than most rural churches.

A fun day was a Sunday afternoon when Brother Kelly would start the old Ferguson tractor and put a cart on the back, then load the kids and take them somewhere on the farm for afternoon tea. Ones that couldn't fit on the cart would be riding horses beside the cart. What an adventure it was!

In 2009, the school closed and all of this came to an end. So it turned out that even though there wasn't much to see here anymore, there was quite a bit of very interesting historical information to learn about the town and school of Tardun.

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Steel cut-out

Still at Tardun, I found a couple more steel cut-outs, these were about the railway.

The first plaque read....

"Come on Giuseppe - knock that last spike in and let's get out of the sun. Even this Beer is getting warm too quickly - we never had days like this back home.
But I'm not going to go play cards with the others and you'd be a fool if you did again, too! How are you ever going to save money to bring that girl out from Italy if you keep on gambling all the time?"

The cut-out was about the many migrants that came out here from southern or eastern Europe. Most of the Railway gangs were made up of these men. Some married local girls and others bought land and settled in the area. These people helped shape the land I was seeing today.

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Steel cut-out

The other cut-out was about illegal gambling that went on in these places.

It read
"Hey Fred - I'll raise ya' twenty bucks - I reckon ya' bluffin', ya' big boof head! And if ya' not, I might as well go down in a screamin' heap.
Anyway, who's got the next case of Beer? And who's keepin' and eye our for the coppers - Gazza reckons someone's dobbed on us, and they're jus' waiting to nail us all to the floor."

It is believed that when the Tavern closed, a group of local men would get together and play cards under the tree where this cut-out was located. It was a hot and thirsty life out here, one that brought on loneliness and depression - Gambling was an outlet.

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Steel cut-out

Whilst we were out this way, we decided to see if we could find the famous Wreath flower with the mud-map given to us at the Mullewa Visitor centre.
The Wreath flower is a native of south Western Australia, preferring climates with dry summers. On the Morowa - Yalgoo road is where we found the Wreath Flower, a piece of pink ribbon had been tied on a nearby post, evidently this is what the locals do when they find interesting wildflowers in bloom. It is quite easy to find as it likes to grow in the sandy gravel on the roadside. We were looking for something round, and sure enough we spotted some green circles, some were more advanced. It turned out we were a little early, they were just beginning to flower. The flower forms a complete circle, hence the name wreath flower. Flowering occurs in late winter and spring, better option is September to October when they will be at their best.

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Wreath flower

This concluded our day, it was time to return via a different road to Mullewa in search of more wildflowers.

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Watch out for wildlife, as even though it was the middle of the day, a big Red Kangaroo hopped in-front of us, eventually veering off the road and into the scrub. You don't want to hit one of them.

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Day 22 Queensland to Western Australia continued

Mullewa and surrounds 3rd August

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We are staying at Mullewa for several nights as this is one of the best places to find wildflowers in W.A. Be fore-warned, the population swells greatly during the wildflower season. Opposite our caravan park in Lover's Lane, was The Wildflower walk. For something to do before it became dark, I followed the loop dirt track of around 3kms, along a gentle rolling landscape, past the water catchment area and back to the beginning.
I Just completed this circuit but you can join the Rail Heritage loop and then join onto the Bushland trail and walk to the scenic lookout. Other links connect to the main street.

The trail is easy to follow because of the red markers on the steel posts. I do suggest you wear walking shoes for comfort and support, wear a hat and take water.

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Along the way are 18 Interpretive boards with colour photos of the most common and colourful flower species found in this area. I found the majority of Everlasting Daisies on this walk were the Lemon and White and it wasn't as colourful as the Bushland walk, of course in another season, this may not be the case! I saw many wildflowers, orchids and caves as I returned back to the beginning of the trail.

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Wild Daisies

I walked at a leisurely pace, stopping to read the signage, take in the views and taking many photos, and I guess it took me around 1 hour to complete.
It's best to take your time as you need to look hard to find the orchids that grow close to the ground and are fairly well hidden.
TAKE NOTE - PICKING OF WILDFLOWERS IS STRICTLY PROHIBITED

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Once again, Mullewa has gone to a lot of effort in making another interesting trail for the Tourists to follow, this time about their famous former resident, Monsignor Hawes. The 600 metre walk begins at the Mullewa Information centre, then all you do is follow the paved pathway, suitable for wheelchairs too.

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Hawes Heritage Trail

It is named the Hawes Heritage Trail and features 11 interpretive areas, each detailing a phase of Hawes’ life story. On the trail are large mosaics created by local Wajarri artists as a tribute to the relationship between Hawes and the indigenous people of this area.

The structures on the track are shapes and forms common in Hawes’ buildings. I found a little rusty steel cut-out of a Dog who was Hawes' beloved fox terrier named Dominie.

The trail begins at the Tourist information centre in Mullewa where out the front are three interpretive signs with information about Hawes. Here I read the story of his childhood and family, school and architecture and viewed some old photos of Hawes, his dog, Hawes as a Priest and some sketches.

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Hawes Heritage Trail

Along the trail I come across some interesting structures and more information on this famous Priest.

I will briefly tell you about the remaining Interpretive boards on the trail.

The next interpretive boards were ROME & BEYOND - BEDA COLLEGE & BISHOP KELLY
It was Bishop Kelly , the first Bishop of Geraldton in Western Australia, who happened to come across Hawes when in Rome recruiting novices to come and work in W.A. Hawes completed his studies in Rome and came to Australia.

THE OUTBACK MISSIONARY - HORSEMAN & GOOD SPORT
It didn't take long for the locals to realize that even though Hawes was a Priest, he was "a good sport!" Hawes spent countless hours in the saddle, ministering to the isolated areas of his parish.

GERALDTON & MULLEWA - CATHEDRAL BUILDER & PARISH PRIEST
Architect, foreman, labourer and fund-raiser, Hawes had his hand in everything.

DIOCESAN ARCHITECT - BUSY BUILDER NEEDED
He had many religious buildings on the go!

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Hawes Heritage Trail

THE CONSCIOUS STONES - HIS OWN CHURCH AND PRIEST HOUSE
When Hawes completed his church in Mullewa, he then drew up plans for his Priest house.

MULLEWA'S MONSIGNOR - A HARD BUT HAPPY LIFE.
John Hawes was a Mullewa from 1916 - 1938. In this time, he became a highly respected and much loved member of the community.

ON THE MOVE - BACK TO THE BAHAMAS
Six months after leaving W.A., Hawes returned to his beloved Bahamas.

THE FINAL YEARS - THE HERMIT OF CAT ISLAND
Hawes was in big demand for his architectural talent, so much so that he decided to retire to Cat Island and enjoy the quiet and peaceful life he longed for.

The trail finishes at the Church, so we went there next. Mullewa is known well for Our Lady of Mount Carmel Church, known as Father Hawes' crowning joy! People come here when following the Hawes Heritage trail. This Church is open to the public during set hours, so do check with the information centre first. The tour is free, but donations are gratefully accepted, I bought a book on the church - cost $4.

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Our Lady of Mt. Carmel Church

I loved the exterior of the Our Lady of Mt. Carmel Church.
It was 1920 when Monsignor Hawes begun sketches of the church while holidaying in England. In 1923, the Church foundations were laid.
The church of Our Lady of Mt. Carmel was built almost entirely by Hawes, the priest architect, although he did have some help from local farmers in the district carting stone from the neighbouring quarry. When the parish could not afford to pay a mason, Monsignor Hawes took on the job himself.

Built from local Mullewa stone, it is said to be reminiscent of the Spanish Mission Churches of Southern California. The domes have been described as Byzantine, while the north porch is a mix of Celtic and Spanish details. The eclectic mixture of styles was typical of Hawes' work.

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Our Lady of Mt. Carmel Church

The west front has a recessed arch within which is a large corbelled window, with this Latin inscription in roman lettering above the doorway.
Translated it reads...........
'To God Most Good, Most Great: and in honour of the Blessed Virgin Mary of Mount Carmel, and the Holy Apostles Peter and Paul, this Holy Temple is dedicated'.

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Our Lady of Mt. Carmel Church

The interior is the same as the exterior- raw stone. This Church is a good example of Hawes' personal commitment and his desire to create a building which reflected the antiquity of Roman Catholicism. The interior has been described as a mixture of 'baroque', 'classic', 'Gothic' and 'Romanesque', all of which express Hawes' eclectic taste in matters of art and architecture.

The guide told us there are five Altars and three Shrines, that on the opposite side of the Confessional are a pair of folding doors which shut off a little rock grotto where the "Crib" representing the cave of Bethlehem, is set up at Christmas time. The stained glass for this area was made by a Carmelite Nun of Woodbridge Convent, Essex, England.
The Sacred Heart Shrine has a statue carved in wood after the model of Sacre-Coeur of Montmartre, Paris.
Under the Sanctuary arch hangs a Rood, an ancient custom where under the dividing arch, a large crucifix called the "Rood" is hung.

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Our Lady of Mt. Carmel Church

The High Altar is in the form of an early Christian Sarcophagus such as are found in old Roman Basilicas. It resembles a Tomb, as in the subterranean chapels of the catacombs, the Holy sacrifice of the Mass was offered upon the top of the tomb of some recently slain martyr. Also the Holy Table symbolizes both the Altar of the Cross and the Tomb of Our Lord Jesus Christ.
In-front of the Altar hangs an old silvered repousse lamp brought from Rome. This is the Sanctuary Lamp.

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Our Lady of Mt. Carmel Church

We were taken through an archway that led to the acolytes' vestry and to the base of the Bell-tower where we could view the ropes. In this area is a "squint" a little tunnel through the thick wall enabling the bell ringer to see the host at the High Altar and to know when to toll the big Bell, this is called the Sacring-Bell of the Mass.

From what I understood, Hawes liked adding quaint additions like the squint. His aim was to build a church that pleased him and one that signified the antiquity, romance and quaintness of the old hillside churches of southern Europe - I think he achieved this.

After viewing the church, a guide was waiting to take us through the Priest house museum, also know as the Presbytery where Father Hawes lived.

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Priest house
The low cottage style building with red cordoba tiles was built from the same quarried stone as the church, it blends in beautifully with the Church.

The building inside has a feel of olde England. The kitchen has an old wood stove, the main living room has an ingle-nook fireplace and a large latticed bow window with box seats and the walls are half panelled with wallpaper. A hidden door has been wallpapered over and is quite hard to see. The timber used in the building is heavy and dark timber. It has many, many doors!

ADMISSION - $2
Tours were with a guide

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