What’s in a name, Orelia : the origins of our local street names

Where do our street names come from?  The origins of street names can tell us a lot about our local history, and the people and events that shaped our suburbs. Many of the streets in Orelia represent English castles or passengers on board ships arriving to the Swan River Colony in the early 1800s. Origins of Orelia street names Do you live in Orelia? Consider … Continue reading What’s in a name, Orelia : the origins of our local street names

Celebrating the Women of Kwinana

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 … Continue reading Celebrating the Women of Kwinana

What’s in a name, Bertram : the origins of our local street names

Where do our street names come from?  The origins of street names can tell us a lot about our local history, and the people and events that shaped our suburbs. Many of the streets in Bertram represent Noongar words, ships, early white settlers and families who settled in the area in the 1950s. Origins of Bertram street names Do you live in Bertram? Consider entering your local photos … Continue reading What’s in a name, Bertram : the origins of our local street names

Photograph your Kwinana Story – WIN $500!

For Competition Terms and Conditions, including How To Enter, check out the Local History PicStory Competition Page   Hone your photography skills and get the jump on the competition by attending one of our FREE workshops, for details please see links below: Adult photography workshops – Kwinana Library Junior photography workshops – Kwinana Library Continue reading Photograph your Kwinana Story – WIN $500!

Archivist Amnesia – Can You Help?

Every now and again we come across a photo or document we don’t know much about.  When this happens, we ask our community to help! Do you know a thing or two about refinery construction? Can you identify what’s going on in this photo? What we know already: Image taken for Head Wrightson Pty Ltd to document the construction work at the BP Refinery, Kwinana, … Continue reading Archivist Amnesia – Can You Help?

1954, the Summer of Cinema

By the mid 1950s, thirty nationalities had joined the growing communities surrounding Medina. There were no large towns nearby, and public transport was limited. Only a few people could afford to own and run motor cars and it was  a two hour journey via public transport to reach Perth.  It was therefore understandable that most of the migrants who originated from large bustling European cities felt … Continue reading 1954, the Summer of Cinema

What’s in a name, Calista : the origins of our local street names

Where do our street names come from?  The origins of street names can tell us a lot about our local history, and the people and events that shaped our suburbs. Many of the streets in Calista are named after the passengers who migrated on the ship bearing the same name, arriving at the Swan River Colony on the 5th August, 1829.  Many of their descendants still … Continue reading What’s in a name, Calista : the origins of our local street names

What’s in a Name, Medina : the origins of our local street names

Where do our street names come from?  The origins of street names can tell us a lot about our local history, and the people and events that shaped our suburbs. Starting with Medina, Voices of Kwinana will feature a suburb each week celebrating the way we were.  Click on the link below to find out more and let us know if you spot your relatives … Continue reading What’s in a Name, Medina : the origins of our local street names