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Heritage Council
Regional Heritage Conference 2018

Sacred Heritage

Geraldton Multipurpose Centre, 12-13 April 2018

Sacred places can be sites used for religious services; places connected with ritual or rites; burial grounds and memorials; places for reflection or contemplation; or any other site with which we connect on a spiritual or emotional level. 

This conference explores both historic and Aboriginal heritage and delivers practical guidance on the care, interpretation, activation and appropriate sustainable use of WA’s sacred heritage.
Potential delegates are also welcome to register to receive further information as the program is developed.

Logo for the City of Greater GeraldtonPlease contact Greater Geraldton Regional Library: 
Acting Manager Libraries and Heritage Trudi Cornish 9956 6659 or
Acting Coordinator Heritage Services Lorin Cox 9956 6659 or

The support and assistance of the City of Greater Geraldton in delivering this event is gratefully acknowledged.


We are delighted to announce that the 2018 conference will include:

  • Rt Rev. Abbot John Herbert, Benedictine Community of New Norcia
  • Ian Hamilton, Arcuate Architecture
  • Tarun Preet Singh, Australian Sikh Heritage Association
  • Fr Robert Cross, Diocese of Geraldton

Further speakers will be announced as the program is confirmed.

Keynote Sponsors

Crest of the Catholic Archdiocese of PerthThe presence of one of our keynote speakers, Ian Hamilton, has been made possible with the generous support of the Archives Office, Archdiocese of Perth.

The Archives Office holds the records created and used by the Office of the Roman Catholic Archbishop of Perth and those relating to Catholic life in Western Australia dating from 1843. The collection includes administrative and sacramental records as well as artwork, museum items and a library. In addition to providing services to the Catholic community, the historical records of the Archives Office are used to assist university, government and private research projects. 


Registration for the conference will open in February 2018.  Cost of full registration is estimated at $300+GST, with day tickets estimated at $120+GST.  Prices will be confirmed on opening of registrations.

Conference Events and Activities

A conference dinner is planned for the evening of Thursday 12 April.  This will be included in the cost of a full conference registration.  For those not wishing to attend the dinner, individual day tickets for the conference may be purchased. 

Subject to minimum numbers, the following two activities are offered in association with the Conference:

Camino San Francisco Walk

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In the spirit of St Francis of Assisi, the Catholic Diocese of Geraldton is hosting a two-day, 60km guided walk, taking in the beautiful landscape of Northampton and the Chapman Valley and visiting the heritage architecture of Monsignor John Cyril Hawes. Gathering in Northampton on the evening of Friday 6 April, the walk will finish on Sunday 8 April in Geraldton. Coach transfers and support, food and basic accommodation provided.Indicative cost: $250Further information and expressions of interest email:

Stone Repair Workshop

Spend a day in the company of experienced stone mason Errol Tilbrook learning the secrets of lime mortar and how to replace inappropriate cement renders. The day will also cover salt testing, traditional masonry skills and practical approaches to caring for stone. Activity coordinated by the National Trust of Australia (WA). Indicative cost: $200
Logo for National Trust of Western AustraliaThis actvitiy may be run on either Wednesday 11 April or Saturday 14 April.  Please indicate availability and preference for either date. 
Further information and expressions of interest email:

These activities may be booked separately and do not require attendance at the conference. 

About the Venue

The City of Greater Geraldton has developed the Geraldton Multipurpose Centre and Event Space to provide community space and meeting rooms.  For further information please visit the City’s website.

Monsignor Hawes Heritage

Geraldton and the Midwest region are home to several works of the celebrated architect Monsignor John Hawes.  It is also the location of a new interpretation centre highlighting his life and work.  Find out more about the new centre and the passionate team behind it at the Monsignor Hawes Heritage website.

Catholic Diocese of Geraldton

One of Hawe’s most spectacular works is St Francis Xavier Cathedral, which has recently been subject to extensive conservation and enhancement.  The Diocese is a key supporter of the Conference and will host a public talk on the conservation works as part of the Conference activities.

Travel and Accommodation

Delegates will be responsible for making their own arrangements for travel and accommodation.  For advice and information on local accommodation and other tourist information please contact the Geraldton Visitor Centre on (08) 9956 6670, email or see the Visit Geraldton website.

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