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
18th August, 1959 marked the debut of the Kwinana Flares Girls Marching team. Originally operating out of the old Police Youth and Citizen’s Club on Hoyle Road, and smartly outfitted by club dressmaker Mrs. Buchan, in the sport’s heyday, Kwinana High School was proud to be represented by no less than three marching teams of 14 girls each. May 1967 saw our girls bring … Continue reading A Flare for Marching
Curious about your ancestors but don’t know where to start, or maybe you have a lot of material and would like help to publish your family’s stories? Kwinana’s local history library, Voices of Kwinana, offers fortnightly research help for people curious about their genealogy and family history. Sessions run fortnightly at the Library, Wednesdays, 9:30am-11am Dates for 2016: October 26th November 9th and 23rd December … Continue reading Genealogy Research courses at Kwinana Library
As our Olympians return home this week, some to glory and some with bitter disappointment, and our Para-Olympians start their own campaign, Voices of Kwinana’s memory is turned to our own local sporting success. On the 27th of November 1976, two great teams took to the basketball court, the ‘American’ All Stars vs the Kwinana Metropolitan Representatives. Comprised of men employed at a variety of … Continue reading Kwinana’s own Basketball Legends…sort of.
Some of our Voices of Kwinana Photographs have forgotten where they came from. August is Family History Month and we’re asking for your help to reunite these orphan photos with their families. Please have a browse and if you know the who, the what or when a photo was taken, please fill out the form below and send it in to the Library. More photos can also … Continue reading Adopt A Photo – can you help?
Worried about preserving your family’s photos? Photos are fragile and will fade and wrinkle over time if just left in a box in the shed. What if there’s a fire? What if there’s a flood? We can help you protect your photos from accidents. Simply book a Scan The Clan session with our Local History Librarian and we will show you how to burn … Continue reading Scan the Clan@Kwinana Library!
By 1955, the suburbs of Kwinana were home to over 4,500 people and the local Road Board (the governing body at the time) decided it was time their community had a Library. However only half the amount of money needed to build a library was available, so a public donation drive was needed to raise the rest of the funds. Generous donations from the … Continue reading Kwinana Library Turns 60!
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.
On 15th May 2016, the Kwinana Public Library’s local history blog “Voices of Kwinana” was launched at the “Our Heritage” event to celebrate Heritage Week in Kwinana at Sloan’s Reserve, located next to the historic Sloan’s Cottage in Leda. The contents of this blog will gradually replace the printed history of Kwinana, “Kwinana third time lucky”, which was published in 1979 with all the limitations … Continue reading Voices of Kwinana launch
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)