Teashop in Esperance was once the Wellard Hospital

Wellard Hospital – it was realised early in the 1920s that there was a need for a local hospital for the growing town of Wellard, particularly for maternity facilities as there was nothing else available on the Peel Estate. The Anglican minister at Wellard, the Reverend Sherwin, campaigned with the Department of Health and received much community support. To raise the necessary funds which were … Continue reading Teashop in Esperance was once the Wellard Hospital

Wellard – once a group settlement township, now a suburb of Kwinana

The original town site of Wellard was established in 1923 as part of the post-First World War soldier and group settlement scheme (groups 50 and 54), the land having been transferred to the Crown in 1922 from a farmer and grazier Alexander Robert, known as Bob, Richardson who had purchased the land in 1898. It was situated on the south western side of what was … Continue reading Wellard – once a group settlement township, now a suburb of Kwinana

SS Kwinana – a sad end for a pretty maiden

In 1912 the West Australian Government bought the SS Darius for the north-west coastal run and renamed it Kwinana, an Aboriginal word meaning “pretty maiden”. On Christmas Day 1920, she was severely damaged by fire at Carnarvon, and a year later was brought to Fremantle, stripped, and towed to a mooring in Cockburn Sound. She was originally offered for sale, but no takers. Her fate was decided … Continue reading SS Kwinana – a sad end for a pretty maiden

Thomas Peel, a leader or a loser?

Thomas Peel, born in Lancashire in 1793, was part of a wealthy family which had made money from cotton manufacturing. Perhaps wishing to better himself socially, the young Thomas decided not to join the family firm but chose instead to work with a firm of attorneys. After living briefly in Scotland, he moved to London with his wife and children with the intention of emigrating … Continue reading Thomas Peel, a leader or a loser?

Kwinana Theatre Workshop – four decades of successful performances

The Kwinana Theatre Workshop (KTW) was formed in June 1969 after a couple of meetings in the homes of interested people. Most members had little knowledge of theatre but all were willing to learn from those that did. An informal committee meeting was held before the annual general meeting to elect committee members. Sketches and one-act plays were performed for members and friends before the group … Continue reading Kwinana Theatre Workshop – four decades of successful performances