Travel Back in Time with Granny Sloan

These memoirs were donated by Val Beckingham, Emma Sloan’s granddaughter, to Kwinana Heritage Group and are republished here with the Group’s permission. Mrs Emma Sloan, Her Last 20 Years contains a rich description of what Sloan’s Cottage and the surrounding land used to look like pre-World War Two and provide great insight into what life was like in the area prior to industrialisation and the creation … Continue reading Travel Back in Time with Granny Sloan

Kwinana Maternity Hospital

Early in January, 1955, Dr. Roe, Superintendent of Fremantle Hospital, advised that the existing facilities at Fremantle could not meet the normal hospital needs of the 10,000 residents in Rockingham and Kwinana districts. Kwinana alone had 150 maternity cases in the preceding year and the lack of medical facilities became an issue pursued by the Medina Residents’ Association. At first it appeared that the government … Continue reading Kwinana Maternity Hospital

Can you help? Searching for Paddy Rogan’s Cottage

  We are trying to help on our our local History enthusiasts locate an image of the Rogan’s historic family home, a small cottage located in the bush just south of Wellard Road from the early 1950s to 1973. Paddy Rogan lived there with his wife and six children and was a long-time member of the Kwinana St Vincent de Paul Society. Initially, living conditions … Continue reading Can you help? Searching for Paddy Rogan’s Cottage

Then and Now: Kwinana Hotel

Long-time Kwinana residents may remember strolling down to Harley Way for an after-work tipple at the Town’s original “wet” Canteen. The original Canteen, originally at State-run enterprise, was built in 1955 and quickly became a mecca for Perth residents looking for a place to socialise on Sunday afternoons.  Original manager Mr. Bill Brown did a roaring trade as at the time, Western Australia’s liquor licensing laws … Continue reading Then and Now: Kwinana Hotel

Then and Now: Atkinson Road, Medina

  If you stand on the corner of Atkinson Road and Medina Avenue, you are standing on once consecrated ground. Medina’s first Methodist Church congregated here to worship together for the first time in 1954.  The group shortly moved into Lot 119 Medina Avenue where services were conducted on alternate Sundays with Rev. R.E. Bramley officiating, and his wife ran the local Sunday School. Continue reading Then and Now: Atkinson Road, Medina

The man behind the suburb: Wandi

  The suburb of Wandi is named for Wandi Dixon. Believed to have been born around 1879, Wandi was an Aboriginal stock man employed by Fremantle businessman, George Atkinson to drive cattle from Robb Jetty to nearby holding paddocks, as well as driving sheep into paddocks around Cockburn Sound.  The Atkinson family were part-owners of Anchorage Butchers at Coogee.   Working for the Atkinson family throughout … Continue reading The man behind the suburb: Wandi

Celebrate Family History Month this August @ Kwinana Library!

  Create your own Family Photo Colouring-In Book Book a one-on-one session with the Local History Librarian to turn up to TEN family photos into fun colouring-in pages. Bring printed photos or digital copies on USB. Sessions are FREE, Bookings essential: 9236 4300    Local History Colouring-In Competition Calling all Creative Kids! We’ve turned one of our historic photos into a colouring-in page. Let your … Continue reading Celebrate Family History Month this August @ Kwinana Library!

Oral History: Lindsay Calyun

Lindsay Calyun is an Aboriginal elder.  He talks about his experiences as a volunteer with many services within the City of Kwinana and surrounding suburbs and explains the spiritual significance of Medina Hill as well as modern interpretations of the site. As a child, Lindsay was taken from his family and placed in Roelands Mission.  He describes his escape from the Mission and living on the … Continue reading Oral History: Lindsay Calyun

What’s in a name : Leda

Where do our street names come from?  The origins of street names can tell us a lot about our local history, and the people and events that shaped our suburbs. Origins of Leda street names We won’t lie, someone in Town Planning hailed from Somerset! Otherwise, the streets of Leda honour Town Councillors, Peel Estate settlers, 1950’s families as well as some Noongar words. Continue reading What’s in a name : Leda