Celebrating 125 Years of the Steamship S.S. Darius/Kwinana

Join us for an exhibition showcasing the ship’s colourful past and be regaled with sea shanties and tales of ill-gotten gold as we commemorate the 125th year of our City’s namesake, the Steamship S.S. Kwinana. We invite you to one of two exclusive screenings of The Secret Agent  a 1930s-style silent film produced by local resident Jack Whitbread. Conspirators and thieves clash on Kwinana Beach … Continue reading Celebrating 125 Years of the Steamship S.S. Darius/Kwinana

Forget-me-not Friday : Kwinana United

As of today, the last Friday of every month shall be Forget-Me-Not Friday – where we ask for your help in identifying people, places and dates for some of our older records.  If you recognise a family member, place, or can help with a date for any of these photos, please contact Amy at Kwinana Library, 9236 4300 or email voicesofkwinana@kwinana.wa.gov.au Meet Medina Football Club! … Continue reading Forget-me-not Friday : Kwinana United

The Butt ‘n Ben: Ilse Mueller’s Guide to Staying Sane during the School Holidays

“I dread the six-week holidays.” “You’re not the only one!” Imagine paying 50 cents for someone to entertain your child for a 10 hour period! This was the cost of daily vacation care when it was first introduced to Kwinana residents by Ilse Mueller and staff at Orelia Primary School. As a long-time resident of Kwinana, Ilse Mueller has been recognised as a Medina Marvel for … Continue reading The Butt ‘n Ben: Ilse Mueller’s Guide to Staying Sane during the School Holidays

Santa’s Lolly Run

Magic, absolute magic … It was a feeling that you belonged to something that was Christmas.  Harry Tebbutt, Kwinana Rotarian. Started back in 1954, the Lolly Run was the initiative of Alf Lydon and Kwinana’s Toc H Branch members.  Toc H is a Christian humanitarian organisation founded in 1922 by Reverend P. B. “Tubby” Clayton.  Originally formed to assist men and families traumatised by their … Continue reading Santa’s Lolly Run

Kwinana remembers the HMAS Sydney

  19th November 2016 marks the 75th Anniversary of the sinking of HMAS Sydney.   HMAS Sydney was a modified Leander-class light cruiser launched in 1934 for the Royal Australian Navy (RAN). At the start of the Second World War she was patrolling in Australian waters and acting as convoy escort. Between May 1940 and February 1941 she was part of the British Mediterranean Fleet; where … Continue reading Kwinana remembers the HMAS Sydney

Capturing migrant stories of our vibrant Kwinana community!

We are looking to have a chat with ten people that moved to the City of Kwinana from overseas at any time since 2000. Over a cuppa and a biscuit we want to get to know you better, and hear your stories, experiences and memories. We’ll record the audio from these stories and The City of Kwinana will celebrate and share these stories online with … Continue reading Capturing migrant stories of our vibrant Kwinana community!

Oral History – Angus Walley

  In 2015, as part of the City’s History Now project, ten members of our Aboriginal community donated their time to share stories and information about local Indigenous culture and heritage. Angus Walley was born in Pinjarra in 1950 and attended Kwinana High School.  He describes what it was like to be the only Aboriginal boy at school, growing up without modern luxuries and his determination … Continue reading Oral History – Angus Walley

Oral History – Samantha Ballard

In 2015, as part of the City’s History Now project, ten members of our Aboriginal community donated their time to share stories and information about local Indigenous culture and heritage. Samantha Ballard was born in Mullewa in 1973.  Her mother was part of the stolen generation and was a teacher at the MACC before becoming involved with Babbingur Mia Health Services in Rockingham. Samantha shares childhood memories … Continue reading Oral History – Samantha Ballard