Archivist Amnesia (we blame the chocolate) – Can you help?

Who spent this week gluing and sewing for their child’s annual school Easter Bonnet Parade? Did you once attend Orelia Primary? Can you help us identify the staff and students at The Hub, c1970s?   Remember, it’s not too late to submit your own Easter celebration photographs to our Local History PicStory Competition! Kwinana Public Library will be closed for the Easter long weekend.  Wishing you all … Continue reading Archivist Amnesia (we blame the chocolate) – Can you help?

The Butt ‘n Ben: Ilse Mueller’s Guide to Staying Sane during the School Holidays

“I dread the six-week holidays.” “You’re not the only one!” Imagine paying 50 cents for someone to entertain your child for a 10 hour period! This was the cost of daily vacation care when it was first introduced to Kwinana residents by Ilse Mueller and staff at Orelia Primary School. As a long-time resident of Kwinana, Ilse Mueller has been recognised as a Medina Marvel for … Continue reading The Butt ‘n Ben: Ilse Mueller’s Guide to Staying Sane during the School Holidays

East Rockingham School -an impressive early building

Long before Kwinana was planned, a limestone block school was built in 1865 in what was then known as East Rockingham and which later became Kwinana. It stood on the north east junction of Mandurah Road and Wellard Road and consisted of one school room and one room for the teacher’s quarters. On Sundays Tom Smirk, a ticket of leave man, also used the school … Continue reading East Rockingham School -an impressive early building