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Galleries in Kalgoorlie Goldfields Region


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Boulder Town Hall & Goatcher Curtain

Built in 1908 this building has played the role of theatre, library and municipal offices. It is best known for the stage curtain painted by internationally renowned theatre artist Phillip Goatcher.

  • Historical Sites:Buildings
  • Open Days/times:Mon - Fri 10AM - 4PM

Details

  • Open Days:Monday,Tuesday,Wednesday,Thursday,Friday

Description

The Bay of Naples curtain can be viewed at the following times:

  •  Tuesdays, 10.00 am – 3.00 pm
  •  Thursdays, 10.00 am – 3.00 pm
  •  Boulder Market Day (every 3rd Sunday of the month), 10.30 am – 12.30 pm

Philip Goatcher curtain

The Boulder Town Hall contains one of the world’s last surviving examples of a working Philip Goatcher stage curtain—the Bay of Naples.

About Philip Goatcher

Philip Goatcher is noted as a great exponent of the art of stage curtain design.

He was born in London in 1852, and left school in his early teens to become a law clerk. Inspired by Sadler’s Wells Theatre, he started sketching stage art on office pads.

In 1867, at the age of 14, Philip was apprenticed to a Liverpool shipping firm and sailed to Melbourne. There he jumped ship and walked to Ballarat.

In Ballarat, Philip's sketches attracted the attention of John Hemmings, Melbourne’s leading scene painter, who worked for the Theatre Royal.

Hemmings predicted that this young man would have a future in painting, but Philip had gold fever and eventually moved to New Zealand and later to San Francisco—where he met the young JC Williamson.

It was not until he returned to London that he began his new career in earnest.

In 1890, JC Williamson brought him back to Australia as the highest paid scene painter in the world.

The Bay of Naples curtain

The Bay of Naples is believed to be the only surviving theatre curtain by Philip Goatcher. It was painted in 1908 as a drop-canvas to complement the 'picture frame' stage at the Boulder Town Hall.

The curtain depicts a Neapolitan scene, with Mt Vesuvius in the background. This is possibly in recognition of the number of Italians working in the Eastern Goldfields at the time.

For more information call +61 8 9021 9600 or +61 8 9093 1087.

Broad Arrow Cemetery

Check out the cemetery and its headstones with the many illnesses and diseases that plagued the miners but no longer exist. 1km from the Broad Arrow township.

  • Historical Sites:Cemeteries

Details

  • Facilities:Free
  • Open Days:Monday,Tuesday,Wednesday,Thursday,Friday,Saturday,Sunday

Description

Located 38km north of Kalgoorlie and 633km east of Perth, Broad Arrow Cemetery was once a thriving and successful gold mining town, known originally as Kurawah.

It is said that Broad Arrow changed its name in 1893 because a prospector, having found gold in the area, marked the route to the spot with a series of Broad Arrows. The gold rush started in 1893, the railway arrived (from Kalgoolie) and the town was gazetted in 1896, and the following year the municipality of Kurawah was formed.

Coolgardie Cemeteries

The headstones at Pioneer Cemetery (1892-1894) and the Coolgardie Cemetery (1894 - today) tell the story of the people from all over the world who worked in the Goldfields.

  • Historical Sites:Cemeteries

Details

Description

Pioneer Cemetery contains the grave of pioneer William Wenzel.

Gwalia Historical Precinct

  • (08) 9037 7016

An old store, guesthouse and miner's hut which have been restored.

  • Historical Sites:Buildings

Details

  • Facilities:Free

Description

Gwalia is a unique heritage destination managed by the Shire of Leonora. Gwalia offers visitors an opportunity to quietly wander back in time and experience the remoteness of life in an outback mining town.

Gwalia State Hotel

One of the first hotels in the State that the WA government paid for. It was built in 1903 and cost 6000 pounds.

  • Historical Sites:Buildings

Details

Description

The buildings of Gwalia evoke the heady days of the Western Australian gold rush. There are the hessian, timber and iron cottages, the mine buildings, the impressive State Hotel and Hoover House, and the mine manager’s house designed and commissioned by Herbert Hoover.

The Sons of Gwalia, at the time one of Australia’s major underground gold mines, provided work for hundreds of people including a large number of Italian and Yugoslav immigrants. The miners erected dwellings in Gwalia from 1898 to be within walking distance of their work .

Gwalia also boasts Western Australia's first Government-owned hotel (1903), the State's first regional passenger tramway (1903) and one of the Goldfields’ first public swimming pools (1943). The State school was gazetted in 1899.

The mine office, assay buildings and the mine manager’s house were commissioned in 1897 by Herbert Hoover, a mining engineer for Bewick Mooring and Company. Hoover was later to become the 31st President of the United States of America.
The Gwalia State Hotel was established by the State Government to combat the sly grog trade in Gwalia and to provide an alternative to the hotels in Leonora.  Construction of the Hotel was completed at a cost of £6,000 and the doors opened in 1903.  The Gwalia State Hotel Closed in 1964. Today it is privately owned and can only be viewed from the street.
 

Kalgoorlie Town Hall

1908 building with theatre and extensive collection of memorabilia in the Council Chamber. Home to the original Paddy Hannan Statue.

  • Historical Sites:Buildings

Details

  • Open Days:Monday,Tuesday,Wednesday,Thursday,Friday

Description

The Kalgoorlie Town Hall, located on the corner of Hannan and Wilson Streets, is one of the City of Kalgoorlie Boulder’s major landmarks. Built as a state-of-the-art theatre in 1908, this impressive Edwardian-styled building has many beautiful architectural features such as ornate pressed metal ceilings, chandeliers, sweeping staircase, fly tower with original theatre rigging, backstage area with 11 dressing rooms and extensive collection of art and memorabilia.

 

Kunanalling Hotel Ruins

  • (08) 9026 6090

The ruins of the hotel that once housed 800 prospectors at a time. Situated 32 km north of Coolgardie.

  • Historical Sites:Buildings

Details

Description

All that remains of the stone hotel are its ruins and its three prominent chimneys. Must travel on about 18km of unsealed road to get there.

Warden Finnerty's Residence

This building dating back to 1895 was the home of the first Warden, John Finnerty. Restored by the National Trust, the property is an example of life in the late 1890s.

  • Historical Sites:Buildings

Details

Description

Walk through the Warden's house (mining court) which has some of the original antique furniture and chinaware on display for the public. This building plays host to visiting parliamentarians and dignitaries.

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