Boulder, Western Australia

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KalgoorlieWestern Australia
Boulder Town Hall, Western Australia.jpg
Boulder Town Hall
Boulder is located in Western Australia
Coordinates 30°46′41″S 121°29′20″E / 30.778°S 121.489°E / -30.778; 121.489Coordinates: 30°46′41″S 121°29′20″E / 30.778°S 121.489°E / -30.778; 121.489
Population 5,178 (2006 census)[1]
 • Density 1,151/km2 (2,980/sq mi)
Postcode(s) 6432
Area 4.5 km2 (1.7 sq mi)
Location 5 km (3 mi) S of Kalgoorlie
LGA(s) City of Kalgoorlie-Boulder
State electorate(s) Eyre
Federal Division(s) O'Connor
Suburbs around Boulder:
South Kalgoorlie South Kalgoorlie Brown Hill
Victory Heights Boulder Fimiston
Broadwood South Boulder South Boulder

Boulder was a town in the Western Australian Goldfields 595 kilometres (370 mi) east of Perth and bordering onto the town of Kalgoorlie in the Eastern Goldfields region. Until 1989 it was part of its own municipality. In 1989 the towns of Kalgoorlie and Boulder were merged to form the City of Kalgoorlie-Boulder. After the merger Boulder officially became a suburb of Kalgoorlie-Boulder.

The population of Boulder in 1901 was 2,936 (1850 males and 1086 females) which increased to 5,658 (3090 males and 2568 females) in 1903.[2]

At the 2006 census, Boulder had a population of 5,178.[1]

On 20 April 2010 Kalgoorlie-Boulder suffered a magnitude 5.0 earthquake which damaged several of the historic buildings in Boulder.[3]

Military History[edit]

During World War 2, Boulder was the location of RAAF No.27 Inland Aircraft Fuel Depot (IAFD), completed in 1942 and closed on 14 June 1944. Usually consisting of 4 tanks, 31 fuel depots were built across Australia for the storage and supply of aircraft fuel for the RAAF and the US Army Air Forces at a total cost of £900,000 ($1,800,000).[4]


  1. ^ a b Australian Bureau of Statistics (25 October 2007). "Boulder (State Suburb)". 2006 Census QuickStats. Retrieved 10 July 2009. 
  2. ^ "West Australia". Kalgoorlie Western Argus. Western Australia: National Library of Australia. 9 June 1903. p. 32. Retrieved 27 March 2014. 
  3. ^ "Earthquake rocks Kalgoorlie-Boulder". 20 April 2010. 
  4. ^ Australia. Royal Australian Air Force. Historical Section (1995), Logistics units, AGPS Press, ISBN 978-0-644-42798-2