St Francis Xavier Cathedral on song to mark twin centenaries

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Geraldton's St Francis Xavier Cathedral lit up at night, decorated with a poppy in remembrance of World War I veterans.
Camera IconGeraldton's St Francis Xavier Cathedral lit up at night, decorated with a poppy in remembrance of World War I veterans. Credit: Peter Fiorenza

Geraldton identity Peter Fiorenza snapped this night-time view of St Francis Xavier Cathedral decorated with a poppy in remembrance of World War I veterans.

Hawes Heritage Events is hosting a memorial concert at the cathedral tonight celebrating 100 years since the armistice was signed, as well as 100 years since the cathedral itself was built.

Organiser Gerry Eastman said the cathedral had a special connection with WWI.

“Many of the statues and windows are dedicated to fallen soldiers, and the crypt under the cathedral has an honour board of 57 fallen soldiers whose families donated money to the building,” she said.

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Mrs Eastman said the concert would begin outside with the Geraldton City Band playing WWI-era music before marching in with the 11th Battalion Living History Unit, who will form up around the eternal flame.

Visiting soloists include Tasmanian trumpeter Joran Levy, Perth soprano Katje Webb and St Mary’s Cathedral Perth organist Jacinta Jacovcevic.

The seats are all sold out.

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