To celebrate International Women’s Day, Voices of Kwinana brings you a showcase of some of the incredible women of our community. We recognise and give thanks for their skills and talents that have made our community strong and take pride in their successes both at home and abroad.
Click on each woman’s photo to read more about their considerable achievements.
If you have a woman in your life deserving recognition, perhaps submit her story in our Local History PicStory Competition or contact the Local History Librarian on 9236 4300 and add your story to our Oral History Collection.
Fay Bartlett, Founder of Kwinana’s first football club and Kwinana’s Meals of Wheels service
Mandy Grubb, driving force within the Medina Resident’s Association, producer of Kwinana documentary Kwinana Koorliny Together. Medina Marvel and Kwinana Citizen of the Year 2017
Megan Gale , homegrown model, brand ambassador, fashion designer and actress.
Pat Campbell PhD, former Medina Primary and Kwinana High School student, now Adjunct Professor and Director of the Implant Retrieval Lab, at the J. Vernon Luck, Sr. Orthopaedic Research Center, L.A. California.
Jackie Love, homegrown internationally- acclaimed singer and performer, first shot to fame performing with Sammy Davis Jnr.
Betty Barber, Founder of Kwinana’s Hoem Support Service and recipient of Australia Day Council Award 1999.
Theresa Walley (nee Winmar) is a Noongar Elder, artist and author. Theresa’s dedication to improving the future for all Aboriginal people was recognised in 2007 when she was awarded Aboriginal Elder of the Year.
Veronica Rooke. Local illustrator also known as the much-loved mascot of Kwinana’s old Hub Shopping Centre
Kwinana Mayor Carol Adams (1997-present). Board member Moorditj Koort Aboriginal Corporation, Gilmore College Independent School board, Murdoch University School of Law Advisory Board, Kwinana Early Years’ Service (KEYS) and Chairperson of the Kwinana Citizens Advice Bureau.
Clara Wells (left), Kwinana’s first shop owner and post-mistress, credited with giving our City its name.
Radar Detection Huts, Wellard Road. During World War II members of the Women’s Auxiliary Australian Air Force (WAAFs) played a vital role in Australia’s coastal defense, providing advance warning of enemy raids.
Ilse Mueller, Founder of Kwinana’s first community family and youth centre, The Butt N Ben, St. John Ambulance Kwinana Chairperson 1995, Medina Marvel award winner 2014
Kwinana Town Planner Margaret Feilman. Her expertise in geography, geopolitics and meteorology were fundamental in choosing a site for the modern City of Kwinana.