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Regional Heritage Conference 2018

Sacred Heritage

Geraldton Multipurpose Centre, 12-13 April 2018

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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.

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

Keynote Sponsor

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 is now open and will be available until Wednesday 28 March.  Cost of full registration is $300+GST, with day tickets estimated at $120+GST.  Tickets for the conference dinner are included in full registration, or can be purchased for $95.

Conference Events and Activities

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.
Cost: $250
For further information and bookings 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 will run on Wednesday 11 April and is coordinated by the National Trust of Western Australia.
Cost: $200  (May be lower subject to confirmation of funding)Logo for National Trust of Western Australia
For further information and bookings email:

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

Greenough Pioneer Cemetery Commemorative Gathering

Saturday 14 April, 10.30am – 12.00pm

In 1864 a burial ground was consecrated by Bishop Hale on the Front Flats at Greenough.  Although much time has passed, the final resting place for many of the district’s pioneers still holds a special place in the hearts of the local community.

Come along and share with locals in celebrating recent conservation works which have taken place at the Cemetery.  Learn about the hardy folk that settled in Greenough, share in the tales of their lives.  Following the commemorative event, explore the Greenough Museum and Gardens whilst you enjoy morning tea.  

Commemorative Proceedings 10.30am at the Pioneer Cemetery (signposted off Brand Highway).  Followed by a short drive to Morning Tea held at the Greenough Museum and Gardens (corner Phillips Road and Brand Highway). 

This event is an initiative of the City of Greater Geraldton and the Community Group of Greenough, with funding from a Royalties for Regions Community Chest grant awarded to the City.  

RSVP:  Geraldton Regional Library, or 9956 6659, by 11 April 2018.

Central Greenough

This National Trust property and cafe are only 25km south of Geraldton and are open to visitors Monday to Saturday 9am to 4pm and Sunday 8am to 4pm. Adults $8 National Trust members FREE. Group bookings (10+) $5 per person. 

For further information please see the National Trust website.

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.

Entry to the Centre carpark is just next to the Geraldton Visitor Centre at 246 Marine Terrace, Geraldton.  Parking in this car park is free but can be limited depending on weather and other activities.  For local parking information please see the attached parking plan.

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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