Getting our Groove On at the Ding Dong

  By 1955, Medina had expanded to incorporate many people of different nationalities. During that time however, the new members of the community felt like their town was in the middle of nowhere. This was mostly due to the fact that the majority of people that migrated to Medina came from busy cities and were used to the hustle of daily life there. In contrast, larger towns … Continue reading Getting our Groove On at the Ding Dong

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

Forget-me-not Friday : Kwinana United

As of today, the last Friday of every month shall be Forget-Me-Not Friday – where we ask for your help in identifying people, places and dates for some of our older records.  If you recognise a family member, place, or can help with a date for any of these photos, please contact Amy at Kwinana Library, 9236 4300 or email voicesofkwinana@kwinana.wa.gov.au Meet Medina Football Club! … Continue reading Forget-me-not Friday : Kwinana United

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

Earliest memories of Kwinana: Trees

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.

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Margaret Feilman (22 June 1921 –24 September 2013)

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)

Building a town

While the contractors worked on the steel towers and tanks near Cockburn Sound, a new town was emerging just a couple of kilometres away. BP Refinery (Kwinana) Ltd employed around 750 people. They and their families were to live, for the most part, in the township of Medina, which was built by the State Housing Commission. The State Government had committed to providing 1,000 homes … Continue reading Building a town