Kwinana remembers the HMAS Sydney

  19th November 2016 marks the 75th Anniversary of the sinking of HMAS Sydney.   HMAS Sydney was a modified Leander-class light cruiser launched in 1934 for the Royal Australian Navy (RAN). At the start of the Second World War she was patrolling in Australian waters and acting as convoy escort. Between May 1940 and February 1941 she was part of the British Mediterranean Fleet; where … Continue reading Kwinana remembers the HMAS Sydney

Capturing migrant stories of our vibrant Kwinana community!

We are looking to have a chat with ten people that moved to the City of Kwinana from overseas at any time since 2000. Over a cuppa and a biscuit we want to get to know you better, and hear your stories, experiences and memories. We’ll record the audio from these stories and The City of Kwinana will celebrate and share these stories online with … Continue reading Capturing migrant stories of our vibrant Kwinana community!

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

Genealogy Research courses at Kwinana Library

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

Adopt A Photo – can you help?

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?

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