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

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

Earliest memories of Kwinana: Trees

At the launch of Voices of Kwinana, we began to ask people:

“What’s your earliest memory of Kwinana?”

We invited everyone to participate, whether their first memory was attending the Heritage Week event that day or moving to the area decades ago. Collecting these memories, from a range of people, over a range of time, will allow us to create a wonderful timeline of first memories of Kwinana.

The responses given so far have a theme running through most of them: trees.

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Margaret Feilman (22 June 1921 –24 September 2013)

In 1951 Margaret Feilman began a long association with the Western Australian State Housing Commission where she had been given a four-year cadetship allowing her to qualify as an architect. After travelling and gaining experience both interstate and overseas, including gaining post-graduate qualifications in town and country planning at the University of Durham, Margaret opened her own practice as a town planning consultant and architect. … Continue reading Margaret Feilman (22 June 1921 –24 September 2013)

Thomas Peel, a leader or a loser?

Thomas Peel, born in Lancashire in 1793, was part of a wealthy family which had made money from cotton manufacturing. Perhaps wishing to better himself socially, the young Thomas decided not to join the family firm but chose instead to work with a firm of attorneys. After living briefly in Scotland, he moved to London with his wife and children with the intention of emigrating … Continue reading Thomas Peel, a leader or a loser?

The Thomas family, early settlers

Captain John Thomas (son of John Foxon) was born in 1815 at Carmarthenshire in South Wales, and baptised in the name of John Thomas Foxon. When John Thomas senior and family went to London to sail with Peel, the Foxon family name was changed to Thomas; the indenture papers with Peel were signed using Thomas as the family name. Captain John’s grandmother’s maiden name was … Continue reading The Thomas family, early settlers