Mullewa Meander : Walking with Jo

Another drive, inland this time, to Mullewa. This is the centre of the wildflower country, but being the start of winter the flowers are still all tucked up and waiting for the warmth of spring, then they will burst out in glorious, riotous colour.

Now the fields are sown, the rain has fallen, and the crops are also waiting for warmer weather

Now the fields are sown, the rain has fallen, and the crops are also waiting for warmer weather

It is an hours drive along a good road, that is if we don’t spot some thing of interest.

Now this looks interesting. Let's take a look...

Now this looks interesting. Let’s take a look…

Kojarena Chapel

Kojarena Chapel

Round a bend and tucked in among the gum trees is this delightful small chapel. Another house of God designed and built by the architect priest John Hawes.

In 1934 the devout Catholic O’Brien family donated a block of land on their farm so this “little sanctuary of God” could be built. Locals helped with fund-raising. This simple but pleasing structure truly fitted into the surrounds.

Sadly the chapel was closed in 1982, due to lack of priests and the ease of getting to Geraldton for mass. It started to deteriorate. Again the O’Brien family came to the rescue, some of the 58 grand children of Maggie O’Brien, raising money for the restoration and organising working bees from the extended clan.

Lovely metal sculpture of Monsignor Hawes visiting his parishioners.

Lovely metal sculpture of Monsignor Hawes visiting his parishioners.

The information boards give a picture into a gentle world long gone.

The information boards give a picture into a gentle world long gone.

The road was long and straight and ran beside the rail track. Numerous trains with an uncountable number of wagons rolled past heading to the port at Geraldton to deposit their cargo. Then back the other way empty. Not sure what the cargo was, maybe iron ore, maybe the wheat from the last harvest that is stored around the countryside in huge silos.

Jack snapped this photo of a train as it came toward us

Jack snapped this photo of a train as it came toward us

It is Sunday but still they are working 24/7 to keep the economy rolling along.

Another eye catching metal sculpture.

Another eye-catching metal sculpture.

What a harsh life it would be for these pioneer women.

What a harsh life it would be for these pioneer women.

Finally we arrived at Mullewa. The town was deserted, it was Sunday, a couple of campervans drove around the streets looking for some thing to do. I had brought along a picnic and we sat in a small park watching the antics of a family of crows.

Filled and fortified it was now time for a walk. The Hawes Heritage Trail beckoned.

The start of the trail

The start of the trail

The trail started at the heritage Town Hall building

The trail started at the heritage Town Hall building. Notice the metal dog?

The trail winds past 11 way stations each one detailing the life of a remarkable man.  Hawes was an astonishing character, a man of dramatic contradictions and fascinating passions, and the life he lived could be truly said to be unique. (click here to read more)

The trail is marked by these arches featuring the colours and design used in the Geraldton Cathedral

The trail is marked by these arches featuring the colours and design used in the Geraldton Cathedral

It took a while to reach the church the information at the way stations made interesting reading.

Our Lady of Mt Carmel Church

Our Lady of Mt Carmel Church

 

Round the side, it is beautifully proportioned

Round the side, it is beautifully proportioned

 

Even though it was Sunday the doors were locked. It had been open at 9am for mass. I would love to look inside.

Even though it was Sunday the doors were locked. It had been open at 9am for mass. I would love to look inside.

Look at the meticulous detail

Look at the meticulous detail

 

It had been an enjoyable Sunday drive. (Remember the days back in the 1960’s, when petrol was cheap and plentiful, cars were big and spacious and every Sunday the family would pack a picnic and go for a Sunday drive?) The walk had been informative. We have now seen the 3 major churches John Hawes had designed and built in this area, plus the Kojarina chapel. Here is the post about the other churches.

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The walk had only been a short one. To see longer and varied walks wander over to Jo’s blog. This week she takes you for a fascinating stroll along the river in Poland. You may like to put on your walking shoes and join in.

 

 

 

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28 thoughts on “Mullewa Meander : Walking with Jo

  1. Joan and Terry Watson

    How great all those Churches look, very Australian, not like English ones, glad they built them for WA conditions, beautiful camera work once againx

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  2. A fascinating post, Pommepal. A real eye-opener – the churches, the sculptures, an architect priest – and a dedicated Wildflower Country.

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  3. Pingback: Jo’s Monday walk : Sheepwash and the Moors | restlessjo

  4. What a wonderful town, with beautiful churches and buildings.. Loved the metal sculptures too.. And that looked One long straight road!
    thank you for sharing _/\_ Sue

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    • It is a lovely little country town Sue and in wild flower season it is stunning. Those roads were good to drive along.

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  5. poppytump

    What a hard life in some ways . Oh those wildflowers are going to look fabulous PP … oh imagine strolling through there with all the colours scents and bees ….
    I love the front of the Mount Carmel Church and the metal sculptures .
    Phew .. on the move again so soon …

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  6. Love those metal sculptures and the history of the place was very interesting, Pommepal. A very enjoyable walk indeed. 🙂

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  7. That amazing Australian light! You’ve captured it superbly – and almost made me homesick. That last church is very grand, and I love the metal sculptures. I obviously need to go west when I finish gallivanting around Eastern Europe. Thank you again for alerting me to beauties closer to home.

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    • That is a lovely comment, thank you for coming along with me on my Sunday outing. I agree the light over here is so clear and unpolluted. It is a dream to photograph, especially in the late afternoon.
      Enjoy your trip, the big OE!!! Did you do that when you were younger?

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  8. What an amazing place! I love those metal sculptures 😀

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    • I think it is so appropriate that metal has been used for the sculptures, after all WA made it’s fortune from the minerals!!! . Even noticed an emu and magpie in the local school yard and 3 cormorants drying their wings in the middle of a round-about…

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  9. Such beautiful churches!

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  10. The metal sculptures are my favourite bit, Pauline, but the Lady of Mt. Carmel church is a beauty too. I’m sure you’ll find your way inside there one of these days. Thanks for all the information, and for joining in my walk again 🙂

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  11. Fabulous architecture here PP and a nice gentle walk. Your last church looks like a rough version of my recent post http://wp.me/pL5Ms-1wv . The first one looks rather like a giraffe! I am enjoying your travels in the west of the country, learning so much about a region I knew nothing about. Thanks 🙂
    Jude xx

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    • The church is similar architecture to the one in your post Jude but on a much smaller scale. Pleased to have you along on my travels. One more week and we are on the move again….

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      • Where to next PP?

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        • We will spend 4 weeks in a camper van exploring the Southern corner of WA Jude. Some iconic places and sights down there. We also have friends we made during our travels in 2010 to call in and say hello to. I think we will be without internet most of the time so I will miss my community until we get back into a house

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          • Sounds good. Margaret River, Augusta? Who looks after your house while you are away?

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            • Ah yes!!!! Margaret River, one of my favourite places and we are lucky to have friends live there. I first met them in 2005 when I couch surfed at their place as I travelled around Australia on the buses on my own, and we have kept in touch. (Jack stayed home, long story) Then in 2010 we visited again as we went through in Matilda, so as soon as they knew we were back in the area they insisted we stop by again. I’m really looking forward to it.

              We have very good friends rent our house. They are keen gardeners too so every thing is well cared for while we are away.

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              • You are so adventurous! I envy you. I suggested to the OH that we travel around the world when he retires, but he was horrified! I am afraid I have married a homebody – the older he gets the less inclined he is to travel.

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                • I am lucky, I think Jack would like to be home more often but he says “whatever” when I come up with suggestions, and really enjoys the travel once we get started, but I have to be the instigator and the organizer.

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                • Same here, or we’d never go anywhere 😀

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