“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
Magic, absolute magic … It was a feeling that you belonged to something that was Christmas. Harry Tebbutt, Kwinana Rotarian. Started back in 1954, the Lolly Run was the initiative of Alf Lydon and Kwinana’s Toc H Branch members. Toc H is a Christian humanitarian organisation founded in 1922 by Reverend P. B. “Tubby” Clayton. Originally formed to assist men and families traumatised by their … Continue reading Santa’s Lolly Run
19th November 2016 marks the 75th Anniversary of the sinking of HMAS Sydney. HMAS Sydney was a modified Leander-class light cruiser launched in 1934 for the Royal Australian Navy (RAN). At the start of the Second World War she was patrolling in Australian waters and acting as convoy escort. Between May 1940 and February 1941 she was part of the British Mediterranean Fleet; where … Continue reading Kwinana remembers the HMAS Sydney
We are looking to have a chat with ten people that moved to the City of Kwinana from overseas at any time since 2000. Over a cuppa and a biscuit we want to get to know you better, and hear your stories, experiences and memories. We’ll record the audio from these stories and The City of Kwinana will celebrate and share these stories online with … Continue reading Capturing migrant stories of our vibrant Kwinana community!
In 2015, as part of the City’s History Now project, ten members of our Aboriginal community donated their time to share stories and information about local Indigenous culture and heritage. Angus Walley was born in Pinjarra in 1950 and attended Kwinana High School. He describes what it was like to be the only Aboriginal boy at school, growing up without modern luxuries and his determination … Continue reading Oral History – Angus Walley
In 2015, as part of the City’s History Now project, ten members of our Aboriginal community donated their time to share stories and information about local Indigenous culture and heritage. Samantha Ballard was born in Mullewa in 1973. Her mother was part of the stolen generation and was a teacher at the MACC before becoming involved with Babbingur Mia Health Services in Rockingham. Samantha shares childhood memories … Continue reading Oral History – Samantha Ballard
18th August, 1959 marked the debut of the Kwinana Flares Girls Marching team. Originally operating out of the old Police Youth and Citizen’s Club on Hoyle Road, and smartly outfitted by club dressmaker Mrs. Buchan, in the sport’s heyday, Kwinana High School was proud to be represented by no less than three marching teams of 14 girls each. May 1967 saw our girls bring … Continue reading A Flare for Marching
Curious about your ancestors but don’t know where to start, or maybe you have a lot of material and would like help to publish your family’s stories? Kwinana’s local history library, Voices of Kwinana, offers fortnightly research help for people curious about their genealogy and family history. Sessions run fortnightly at the Library, Wednesdays, 9:30am-11am Dates for 2016: October 26th November 9th and 23rd December … Continue reading Genealogy Research courses at Kwinana Library
As our Olympians return home this week, some to glory and some with bitter disappointment, and our Para-Olympians start their own campaign, Voices of Kwinana’s memory is turned to our own local sporting success. On the 27th of November 1976, two great teams took to the basketball court, the ‘American’ All Stars vs the Kwinana Metropolitan Representatives. Comprised of men employed at a variety of … Continue reading Kwinana’s own Basketball Legends…sort of.
Some of our Voices of Kwinana Photographs have forgotten where they came from. August is Family History Month and we’re asking for your help to reunite these orphan photos with their families. Please have a browse and if you know the who, the what or when a photo was taken, please fill out the form below and send it in to the Library. More photos can also … Continue reading Adopt A Photo – can you help?