The Harts of Kwinana Theatre

Margaret and Trevor Hart arrived in Australia with three children in 1967 and settled in Kwinana early 1968. After enrolling the children in school and considering work opportunities, Trevor accepted a position with Alcoa, an association that lasted until retirement in 1997. After two years settling into Calista, Margaret, wishing to further her interests in artistic expression persuaded Trevor to attend an inaugural meeting for … Continue reading The Harts of Kwinana Theatre

From Medina’s Maestro to Tuesday Girls – Music binds Kwinana

In the early days of Medina Town, television had not yet touched Perth, let alone the remote industrial outpost of Kwinana! And so the BP Band stepped up to fill the entertainment void. One of the band’s first conductors was BP engineer, Walter A. Cooke.  Born in Sheffield, U.K. in 1910, Wally Cooke had considerable musical experience playing with the Salvation Army and had been … Continue reading From Medina’s Maestro to Tuesday Girls – Music binds Kwinana

Kwinana Maternity Hospital

Early in January, 1955, Dr. Roe, Superintendent of Fremantle Hospital, advised that the existing facilities at Fremantle could not meet the normal hospital needs of the 10,000 residents in Rockingham and Kwinana districts. Kwinana alone had 150 maternity cases in the preceding year and the lack of medical facilities became an issue pursued by the Medina Residents’ Association. At first it appeared that the government … Continue reading Kwinana Maternity Hospital

Then and Now: Kwinana Hotel

Long-time Kwinana residents may remember strolling down to Harley Way for an after-work tipple at the Town’s original “wet” Canteen. The original Canteen, originally at State-run enterprise, was built in 1955 and quickly became a mecca for Perth residents looking for a place to socialise on Sunday afternoons.  Original manager Mr. Bill Brown did a roaring trade as at the time, Western Australia’s liquor licensing laws … Continue reading Then and Now: Kwinana Hotel

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

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

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