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

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

Migrant Stories

Know Your Nation spent time with 11 Kwinana locals to find out about where they grew up and what brought them here. Know Your Nation has broken down the material gathered into a series of short stories, 9 audio stories and 2 written stories. The result is a beautiful, eclectic collection illustrating the luck of the modern community. Of course, sometimes the stories illustrate the luck of the individual. But overall the collection speaks to the fortune of the community collectively.
The most dynamic communities are those made up of people with different experiences, backgrounds and skillsets. It is clear from this cross section of people in Kwinana that our community has the potential to be one of the most dynamic in the region.

These stories had their first public screening on Harmony Day 2017, and are now here for you to share and enjoy.

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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

Santa’s Lolly Run

Magic, absolute magic … It was a feeling that you belonged to something that was Christmas.  Harry Tebbutt, Kwinana Rotarian. Started back in 1954, the Lolly Run was the initiative of Alf Lydon and Kwinana’s Toc H Branch members.  Toc H is a Christian humanitarian organisation founded in 1922 by Reverend P. B. “Tubby” Clayton.  Originally formed to assist men and families traumatised by their … Continue reading Santa’s Lolly Run

Capturing migrant stories of our vibrant Kwinana community!

We are looking to have a chat with ten people that moved to the City of Kwinana from overseas at any time since 2000. Over a cuppa and a biscuit we want to get to know you better, and hear your stories, experiences and memories. We’ll record the audio from these stories and The City of Kwinana will celebrate and share these stories online with … Continue reading Capturing migrant stories of our vibrant Kwinana community!

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