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Quirky Kalgoorlie

Story: Quirky Kalgoorlie
Airdate 13 October 2019
Presenter: Quentin Long

Kalgoorlie is home to one of WA’s quirkiest gentleman’s clubs.

  • When Paddy Hannan discovered gold in Kalgoorlie in 1893, it was a hot, dry place to seek your fortune. It didn’t take long for pubs to pop up, with one gentleman’s club standing the test of time.
  • Established in 1896, the Hannan’s Club was built out of the stone quarried from the nearby Bullabulling. As most buildings back then were constructed from hessian, bush-wood and tin, it was an impressive sight.
  • The verandas and grass provide a welcome relief from the heat, and inside, the art nouveau design takes you back 126 years.
  • The club was established back when Kalgoorlie was a Wild West town, as a place for gentlemen to go and chew the fat. It was aimed at those with money, drawing them in for a nice cold drink.
  • The founder of the Hannan’s Club, Willie Brookman, was head of a very successful syndicate. He later became the Lord Mayor of Perth.
  • The library is home to very old books and encyclopaedias – these are originals and are unique to the club.
  • The Club gets quite busy with functions and parties, particularly 21sts. There is something for everyone at the club.