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Day 22 Queensland to Western Australia continued

Mullewa and surrounds 3rd August


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.


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.


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.


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.


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.


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.

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.

Architect, foreman, labourer and fund-raiser, Hawes had his hand in everything.

He had many religious buildings on the go!


Hawes Heritage Trail

When Hawes completed his church in Mullewa, he then drew up plans for his Priest house.

John Hawes was a Mullewa from 1916 - 1938. In this time, he became a highly respected and much loved member of the community.

Six months after leaving W.A., Hawes returned to his beloved Bahamas.

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.


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.


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'.

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.

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.


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.


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!

Tours were with a guide

Posted by balhannahrise 03:43 Archived in Australia Tagged landscapes churches australia heritage western wildflowers

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