Travel Back in Time with Granny Sloan

These memoirs were donated by Val Beckingham, Emma Sloan’s granddaughter, to Kwinana Heritage Group and are republished here with the Group’s permission. Mrs Emma Sloan, Her Last 20 Years contains a rich description of what Sloan’s Cottage and the surrounding land used to look like pre-World War Two and provide great insight into what life was like in the area prior to industrialisation and the creation … Continue reading Travel Back in Time with Granny Sloan

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

Remembering the Manwarings

Residents of Medina 1953 – 1987 Bryan Manwaring 1913 – 1984  and Dorothy Manwaring 1917 – Joan Manwaring (Mrs Smithson) 1946 – Diana Manwaring  (Mrs  Hope formerly Mrs Belohlawek) 1949 – Tom Manwaring 1951 – Bryan Manwaring began working in Medina in March 1953. The State Housing Commission offered  the use of a house in Peake Way  Medina  to operate as a General Store and … Continue reading Remembering the Manwarings

The man behind the suburb: Wandi

  The suburb of Wandi is named for Wandi Dixon. Believed to have been born around 1879, Wandi was an Aboriginal stock man employed by Fremantle businessman, George Atkinson to drive cattle from Robb Jetty to nearby holding paddocks, as well as driving sheep into paddocks around Cockburn Sound.  The Atkinson family were part-owners of Anchorage Butchers at Coogee.   Working for the Atkinson family throughout … Continue reading The man behind the suburb: Wandi

Oral History: Lindsay Calyun

Lindsay Calyun is an Aboriginal elder.  He talks about his experiences as a volunteer with many services within the City of Kwinana and surrounding suburbs and explains the spiritual significance of Medina Hill as well as modern interpretations of the site. As a child, Lindsay was taken from his family and placed in Roelands Mission.  He describes his escape from the Mission and living on the … Continue reading Oral History: Lindsay Calyun

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

Get Published on the Web!

Calling all would-be writers! Kwinana Public Library invites you to attend a FREE Blogging Workshop! Join successful blogger, Trae Flett, author of www.wheresmyglow.com and learn the ins and out of making a business out of sharing your stories on the Web. Details: Kwinana Public Library Wednesday 20th September, 6pm-8pm Please call the Library on 9236 4300 to book Workshop attendees will also have the opportunity … Continue reading Get Published on the Web!

A Personal History of Hope Valley

The following memories were supplied by Dora Morzenti nee Nella, of Hope Valley, during Kwinana’s 50th Anniversary celebrations in 2004. “When my father settled in Hope Valley in 1926 it was called White Currant Valley because of the white currant bushes in the area.  Later it was named Hope Valley. later still it was changed to Naval Base, then renamed Hope Valley again to which it … Continue reading A Personal History of Hope Valley