Celebrating 125 Years of the Steamship S.S. Darius/Kwinana

Join us for an exhibition showcasing the ship’s colourful past and be regaled with sea shanties and tales of ill-gotten gold as we commemorate the 125th year of our City’s namesake, the Steamship S.S. Kwinana. We invite you to one of two exclusive screenings of The Secret Agent  a 1930s-style silent film produced by local resident Jack Whitbread. Conspirators and thieves clash on Kwinana Beach … Continue reading Celebrating 125 Years of the Steamship S.S. Darius/Kwinana

SS Kwinana – a sad end for a pretty maiden

In 1912 the West Australian Government bought the SS Darius for the north-west coastal run and renamed it Kwinana, an Aboriginal word meaning “pretty maiden”. On Christmas Day 1920, she was severely damaged by fire at Carnarvon, and a year later was brought to Fremantle, stripped, and towed to a mooring in Cockburn Sound. She was originally offered for sale, but no takers. Her fate was decided … Continue reading SS Kwinana – a sad end for a pretty maiden