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 streets as a young man before meeting his wife in 1974.  Mr. Calyun describes the great sense of community he feels living in Kwinana and shares his views on local urbanisation projects.  He also remembers the old Thomas Oval camp.

Lindsay Calyun is a talented artist who has been commissioned by various Councils to create works that celebrate and explain Aboriginal culture.  One example of his work is the Wagyl painting currently displayed on the pipe bridge above Kwinana Beach Road.

 He credits his uncle as a teacher and mentor and expresses his hopes for the next generation.

Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people should be aware that this interview may contain names of people who have since passed away.

  Copies of the interview can also be borrowed from the Kwinana Public Library.

Relatives of Mr. Calyun interested in obtaining a personal copy of this interview should contact the Local History Librarian on 9236 4300 or email voicesofkwinana@kwinana.wa.gov.au

Lindsay Calyun oral history transcript