Boulder Town Hall

The Boulder Town Hall is a vibrant community space available for a variety of activities including weddings, corporate functions and community events.

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About the Boulder Town Hall

Built in 1908, the beautifully preserved Boulder Town Hall has many noteworthy features, including:

  •  Pressed metal ceilings
  •  Wrought iron balustrades
  •  The priceless Philip Goatcher stage curtain.

It is also famous for hosting performances by Dame Nellie Melba, Nance O’Neil, Eileen Joyce and AC/DC.

The Boulder Town Hall is open for viewing on the follwing days:-

  • 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

During these times visitors are welcome to amble through the hall at their own leisure.

Alternatively, the City of Kalgoorlie-Boulder run guided tours through different parts of the hall, including many nooks and crannies that are usually closed to the public on:-

  • Tuesday, 10:30am departing from the Burt Street entrance
  • Boulder Market Day (every 3rd Sunday of the month), 10.30am
  • Closed public holidays

Tour guides inform visitors on the history of the hall, and the fascinating people who lived and breathed in its many rooms.

The Boulder Town Hall is also available for hire. Please complete the online enquiry form to make a booking.

The Boulder Town Hall is located at 116 Burt Street, Boulder WA 6432.

For further information, please contact us.

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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.

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

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