Archivist Amnesia – Can You Help?

Every now and again we come across a photo or document we don’t know much about.  When this happens, we ask our community to help! Do you know a thing or two about refinery construction? Can you identify what’s going on in this photo? What we know already: Image taken for Head Wrightson Pty Ltd to document the construction work at the BP Refinery, Kwinana, … Continue reading Archivist Amnesia – Can You Help?

1954, the Summer of Cinema

By the mid 1950s, thirty nationalities had joined the growing communities surrounding Medina. There were no large towns nearby, and public transport was limited. Only a few people could afford to own and run motor cars and it was  a two hour journey via public transport to reach Perth.  It was therefore understandable that most of the migrants who originated from large bustling European cities felt … Continue reading 1954, the Summer of Cinema

What’s in a name, Calista : the origins of our local street names

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. Many of the streets in Calista are named after the passengers who migrated on the ship bearing the same name, arriving at the Swan River Colony on the 5th August, 1829.  Many of their descendants still … Continue reading What’s in a name, Calista : the origins of our local street names

What’s in a Name, Medina : the origins of our local street names

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. Starting with Medina, Voices of Kwinana will feature a suburb each week celebrating the way we were.  Click on the link below to find out more and let us know if you spot your relatives … Continue reading What’s in a Name, Medina : the origins of our local street names

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

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!

Our Everyday Heroes – The Kwinana Volunteer Fire Brigade

Hooray for Spring! The days are getting warmer and although it may still seem like summer is a long way away, it might be a good time of year to start thinking about whether our properties are bush fire ready. In the 1950s, as the population of Kwinana continued to grow, there was considerable public concern that the new town, surrounded as it was by bushland, … Continue reading Our Everyday Heroes – The Kwinana Volunteer Fire Brigade

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