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

Get Published on the Web!

Calling all would-be writers! Kwinana Public Library invites you to attend a FREE Blogging Workshop! Join successful blogger, Trae Flett, author of www.wheresmyglow.com and learn the ins and out of making a business out of sharing your stories on the Web. Details: Kwinana Public Library Wednesday 20th September, 6pm-8pm Please call the Library on 9236 4300 to book Workshop attendees will also have the opportunity … Continue reading Get Published on the Web!

Our Everyday Heroes – The Kwinana Volunteer Fire Brigade

Hooray for Spring! The days are getting warmer and although it may still seem like summer is a long way away, it might be a good time of year to start thinking about whether our properties are bush fire ready. In the 1950s, as the population of Kwinana continued to grow, there was considerable public concern that the new town, surrounded as it was by bushland, … Continue reading Our Everyday Heroes – The Kwinana Volunteer Fire Brigade

A Personal History of Hope Valley

The following memories were supplied by Dora Morzenti nee Nella, of Hope Valley, during Kwinana’s 50th Anniversary celebrations in 2004. “When my father settled in Hope Valley in 1926 it was called White Currant Valley because of the white currant bushes in the area.  Later it was named Hope Valley. later still it was changed to Naval Base, then renamed Hope Valley again to which it … Continue reading A Personal History of Hope Valley

Memories of Kwinana Beach

Voices of Kwinana is always looking for personal memories to add to our collection. Today’s post is courtesy of Lyn Bayley nee Fletcher. We lived at 3 First Ave, Kwinana Beach in the 50s 60s 70s.  My nana and pop use to live with us, there was mum, dad and 5 kids, plus my aunty and cousin lived with us  – all in the one … Continue reading Memories of Kwinana Beach

Migrant Stories

Know Your Nation spent time with 11 Kwinana locals to find out about where they grew up and what brought them here. Know Your Nation has broken down the material gathered into a series of short stories, 9 audio stories and 2 written stories. The result is a beautiful, eclectic collection illustrating the luck of the modern community. Of course, sometimes the stories illustrate the luck of the individual. But overall the collection speaks to the fortune of the community collectively.
The most dynamic communities are those made up of people with different experiences, backgrounds and skillsets. It is clear from this cross section of people in Kwinana that our community has the potential to be one of the most dynamic in the region.

These stories had their first public screening on Harmony Day 2017, and are now here for you to share and enjoy.

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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