City Scenes: Picture of the Week captured inside St Francis Xavier Cathedral by former South West photographer

Jessica MoroneyGeraldton Guardian
Capturing the colours inside St Francis Xavier Cathedral.
Camera IconCapturing the colours inside St Francis Xavier Cathedral. Credit: Robert Booth

In this week’s City Scenes, we go indoors rather than outdoors, taking a look inside the iconic St Francis Xavier Cathedral.

Captured by Robert Booth, this photo was shot inside the cathedral’s dome — the third part of the church’s construction phase —completed and opened in August 1938.

The building, designed by renowned architect priest Monsignor John Hawes, was his largest and most impressive design. Mr Booth took a liking to the architect’s style of art.

“The interior of this cathedral is unique, I’ve never seen such colours inside a church before. The stripes really make an impact and look beautiful alongside the glorious local timber and stained glass windows,” he said.

From Margaret River, Mr Booth and his wife, Deb, are living in town for 12 months.

Mrs Booth is lending a hand working at the Geraldton Regional Hospital while Mr Booth is a semi-retired engineering project manager with a love for photography.

“She recently retrained as a nurse and nominated Geraldton as her preferred location to work her graduate year,” Mr Booth said.

“I love taking images around town as there are so many photo opportunities — from the beaches to the port — and the spectacular sunsets.

“We are really enjoying our time here. The climate is superb and we can’t believe we are still swimming regularly in the middle of winter.”

Send through your high-resolution photographs and a few lines describing yourself and the inspiration behind photography to news@geraldtonguardian.com.au or call 08 9956 1043.

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