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From sinners to saints: Former brothel sold for $1m as nearby church rises in red-light district

From sinners to saints: Former brothel sold for $1m as nearby church rises in red-light district

7/04/2020 4:39:00 AM

From sinners to saints: Former brothel sold for $1m as nearby church rises in red-light district

A church is nearing completion across the road from Kalgoorlie 's last surviving brothel on the famous Hay Street red-light strip.

Key points:The once-thriving Langtrees Kalgoorlie brothel has been sold to an unnamed mining company to be used for workers accommodationThe Church of Christ Kalgoorlie is building its new church across the road from Hay Street's last operating brothel

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Church leaders say the 'wild west' image of Kalgoorlie is no longer accurate, while a local madame welcomes worshippers to the neighbourhoodIn a sign of the times, the sale and new church development in historic Hay Street — which had up to 18 operating brothels at its peak — may finally see the gold rush city shed its 'wild west' tag.

Madam Mary-Anne Kenworthy, who bought the Kalgoorlie bordello in 1988 for $185,000 when it was an old corrugated-iron shed, spent more than $2.3 million building a modern bordello and museum for tourists in 2000.The 16-bedroom property operated as Club 181 and Langtrees Kalgoorlie before closing as a working bordello in 2012.

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