A historic operational brothel in Western Australia.
133 Hay Street Kalgoorlie
Known to be operational in the early 1900’s, Questa Casa has had a working life of at least 114 years as a brothel… and continues to age.
With its world famous corrugated-iron “starting stalls”, Questa Casa is the last of the original brothels built during Kalgoorlies’ gold-rush era. It, like the others that followed, were subjected to Western Australias’ Containment Policy; an unofficial ‘official‘ government policy which was applied to selected naughty places trading illegally in the face of the WA’s Criminal Code.
Of all the illegal houses that constituted Kalgoorlies’ infamous Hay Street, we are the only ‘gold-rush’ brothel left, and as such, have become one of Kalgoorlies’ ‘must do‘ tours.
A curious cloak of gentility shrouds this frontage; the front belies the friendly interior. This house tells more of the town’s history and social attitudes than all the restored pomp of Kal’s gold-rush grandeur. Once all the gates were decorated by under-clad ladies of the night… now most stand empty, a sign of the times.
See them, before they vanish into the wastes of gentrification
Come to a world of fantasy . . .
The guided tour lasts a little over an hour and takes you through the historical working areas of the house. Through the starting stalls at the front where the ladies first talk to the gentlemen (sometimes they are caught doing other things!!), and through rooms which the ladies use every night, the same rooms that have been used since this house was established.
We will walk you through history . .
Questa Casa, aka “The Pink House”, is the ONLY original brothel remaining from Kalgoorlie’s famous gold rush. The pink tin is a stark reminder of ages lost. See the only remaining starting stalls which are still in use to this very day. Tour the rooms where many a miner emptied their wallets, walk where they walked, and where many left their hearts.
Questa Casa …
The house that beckoned the miners with sweet promises of forbidden pleasures. Where men and women joined and sometimes realised dreams that led to marriage,—and the families of the Goldfields.
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