Then and Now: Atkinson Road, Medina

  If you stand on the corner of Atkinson Road and Medina Avenue, you are standing on once consecrated ground. Medina’s first Methodist Church congregated here to worship together for the first time in 1954.  The group shortly moved into Lot 119 Medina Avenue where services were conducted on alternate Sundays with Rev. R.E. Bramley officiating, and his wife ran the local Sunday School. Continue reading Then and Now: Atkinson Road, Medina

What’s in a name : Leda

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. Origins of Leda street names We won’t lie, someone in Town Planning hailed from Somerset! Otherwise, the streets of Leda honour Town Councillors, Peel Estate settlers, 1950’s families as well as some Noongar words. Continue reading What’s in a name : Leda

Getting our Groove On at the Ding Dong

  By 1955, Medina had expanded to incorporate many people of different nationalities. During that time however, the new members of the community felt like their town was in the middle of nowhere. This was mostly due to the fact that the majority of people that migrated to Medina came from busy cities and were used to the hustle of daily life there. In contrast, larger towns … Continue reading Getting our Groove On at the Ding Dong

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

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, 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

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

East Rockingham

The east Rockingham area was the site of the original town of Rockingham from about 1830. The town derived its name from the ship Rockingham which was blown ashore in May 1830 opposite the present day Governor Road. The original settlement was established just over three kilometres inland at what became East Rockingham and today is the border between Rockingham and Kwinana. Peel sent a … Continue reading East Rockingham

Naval Base and Henderson – Naval Defence Plans Remain Only in The Suburb Names

Naval Base, a suburb of Kwinana, and its neighbour, Henderson, a suburb of Cockburn, were both born of a perceived need to provide naval defence for Australia in the west. During the 19th century, the British Admiralty preferred the colonies and dominions to contribute financially and with crews to the Empire’s naval defence, but from the beginning of the 20th century Australians started to push … Continue reading Naval Base and Henderson – Naval Defence Plans Remain Only in The Suburb Names