Travel Back in Time with Granny Sloan

These memoirs were donated by Val Beckingham, Emma Sloan’s granddaughter, to Kwinana Heritage Group and are republished here with the Group’s permission. Mrs Emma Sloan, Her Last 20 Years contains a rich description of what Sloan’s Cottage and the surrounding land used to look like pre-World War Two and provide great insight into what life was like in the area prior to industrialisation and the creation … Continue reading Travel Back in Time with Granny Sloan

The Harts of Kwinana Theatre

Margaret and Trevor Hart arrived in Australia with three children in 1967 and settled in Kwinana early 1968. After enrolling the children in school and considering work opportunities, Trevor accepted a position with Alcoa, an association that lasted until retirement in 1997. After two years settling into Calista, Margaret, wishing to further her interests in artistic expression persuaded Trevor to attend an inaugural meeting for … Continue reading The Harts of Kwinana Theatre

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

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

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