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

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

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. 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

Oral History – Samantha Ballard

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

A Flare for Marching

    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

Kwinana’s own Basketball Legends…sort of.

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.

Tennis in Kwinana serves up fun for all

Kwinana residents and visitors have a long history of enjoying tennis. The first Kwinana Tennis Court appears to have been hired from Mrs Wells, and was opened on the 1st of May 1948 by Mr C. Mallett, president of the Subiaco Tennis Club. It was a well attended and enjoyed event, with an entertaining match played by visiting players, a dance, games, and competitions. Mr … Continue reading Tennis in Kwinana serves up fun for all

Kwinana Theatre Workshop – four decades of successful performances

The Kwinana Theatre Workshop (KTW) was formed in June 1969 after a couple of meetings in the homes of interested people. Most members had little knowledge of theatre but all were willing to learn from those that did. An informal committee meeting was held before the annual general meeting to elect committee members. Sketches and one-act plays were performed for members and friends before the group … Continue reading Kwinana Theatre Workshop – four decades of successful performances

RSL established in Kwinana 1955

The Kwinana branch of the RSL held their inaugural meeting at Church House, Medina Avenue, at 8:00pm on the 27th April 1955. Brian Manwaring was asked to take the chair and was duly elected President, D. Allison the Secretary and A.M. James was the Treasurer. A lively discussion took place concerning various committees to be established and some suggested means of raising finance. The first … Continue reading RSL established in Kwinana 1955