Visit the Boulder Town Hall to see the rare and famous theatre stage curtain painted by Phillip Goatcher in the Tromp-l’oeil painting style. The curtain is a priceless work of art and is believed to be the last remaining working stage curtain of its kind in Australia. Created by the internationally renowned theatre artist Philip Goatcher, the curtain depicts the Bay of Naples, a Neapolitan scene with Mt Vesuvius in the background, and surrounded by tranquil water.
Goatcher was paid £50 to paint the curtain as a drop canvas to complement and close the “picture frame” stage of the Town Hall, where it has hung since its opening in 1908. The curtain measures 6.25m in height and 8.45m in width and was delivered to the Building Committee on 11 June 1908.
Guided Tours of Boulder Town Hall
The City of Kalgoorlie-Boulder Heritage Services present guided tours of the Boulder Town Hall allowing visitors to experience the magnificent municipal edifice and Goatcher Curtain for themselves. Costing $5 per person, the tours run every Tuesday and Thursday at 10:30am (excluding public holidays).
- The Boulder Town Hall is open Monday to Friday from 10am to 4pm (excluding public holidays), and on Boulder Market Days (third Sunday of each month) from 10am to 12pm.
- The Goatcher Curtain is located inside the Boulder Town Hall.