• Entry type: Resource
  • Entry ID: AWH002588

Carmel Galvin, interviewed by Criena Fitzgerald [sound recording]

  • Repository National Library of Australia, Oral History and Folklore Collection
  • Reference ORAL TRC 6302
  • Date Range 4-Apr-11 - 4-Apr-11
  • Description

    Carmel Galvin talks about her parents background; her schooling; religion and religious beliefs; the death of her partner; her first marriage; purchasing a brothel in Kalgoorlie, Questa Casa; her impressions of Kalgoorlie; characteristics of sex workers; the role of the brothel madam; Brothel containment and the lifting of that containment at a later date; accounts and finances; the number of working girls; brothel operations, police rules; description of the rooms; drugs; the number of clients in a shift; prices and services; clients; the number of mines around Kalgoorlie and Coolgardie; mature aged workers; amounts earned; the stigma attached to prostitution; the number of brothels in Kalgoorlie and closures of some houses; Langtrees; Dominatrix; the rights of working girls; difficult clients; changes in Kalgoorlie; Privacy Act and health checks; Worker’s compensation; leasing out the brothel during the boom; her return to take over running the brothel in 2000; tourists and brothel tours; dress standards; day and night trade; Women’s Liberation and brothel work; taxation classifications; licensing; the increase in the number of brothel tours.

  • Access Written permission required for research, personal copies and public use during the lifetime of the interviewee.
  • Finding Aid Timed summary (4 p.) and uncorrected transcript (typescript, 78 leaves)

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  • Primary Creator
    • Galvin, Carmel (1937 - )