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

Can you help? Searching for Paddy Rogan’s Cottage

  We are trying to help on our our local History enthusiasts locate an image of the Rogan’s historic family home, a small cottage located in the bush just south of Wellard Road from the early 1950s to 1973. Paddy Rogan lived there with his wife and six children and was a long-time member of the Kwinana St Vincent de Paul Society. Initially, living conditions … Continue reading Can you help? Searching for Paddy Rogan’s Cottage

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

Celebrate Family History Month this August @ Kwinana Library!

  Create your own Family Photo Colouring-In Book Book a one-on-one session with the Local History Librarian to turn up to TEN family photos into fun colouring-in pages. Bring printed photos or digital copies on USB. Sessions are FREE, Bookings essential: 9236 4300    Local History Colouring-In Competition Calling all Creative Kids! We’ve turned one of our historic photos into a colouring-in page. Let your … Continue reading Celebrate Family History Month this August @ Kwinana Library!

What’s in a name : Leda

Where do our street names come from?  The origins of street names can tell us a lot about our local history, and the people and events that shaped our suburbs. Origins of Leda street names We won’t lie, someone in Town Planning hailed from Somerset! Otherwise, the streets of Leda honour Town Councillors, Peel Estate settlers, 1950’s families as well as some Noongar words. Continue reading What’s in a name : Leda

A Winter Formal

  One of our wonderful volunteers discovered these beautiful portraits taken of Medina Junior High School students (now Gilmore College) at a winter dance, dated June 1959. The photos were part of the Principal’s School Journal and Daily Diary for that year.   These school diaries contained Superintendent’s reviews and notes for improvement, Head Teacher’s suggestion book as well as notes of school attendance, tests and examinations, … Continue reading A Winter Formal

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

Archivist Amnesia (we blame the chocolate) – Can you help?

Who spent this week gluing and sewing for their child’s annual school Easter Bonnet Parade? Did you once attend Orelia Primary? Can you help us identify the staff and students at The Hub, c1970s?   Remember, it’s not too late to submit your own Easter celebration photographs to our Local History PicStory Competition! Kwinana Public Library will be closed for the Easter long weekend.  Wishing you all … Continue reading Archivist Amnesia (we blame the chocolate) – Can you help?