The man behind the suburb: Wandi

  The suburb of Wandi is named for Wandi Dixon. Believed to have been born around 1879, Wandi was an Aboriginal stock man employed by Fremantle businessman, George Atkinson to drive cattle from Robb Jetty to nearby holding paddocks, as well as driving sheep into paddocks around Cockburn Sound.  The Atkinson family were part-owners of Anchorage Butchers at Coogee.   Working for the Atkinson family throughout … Continue reading The man behind the suburb: Wandi

Celebrate Family History Month this August @ Kwinana Library!

  Create your own Family Photo Colouring-In Book Book a one-on-one session with the Local History Librarian to turn up to TEN family photos into fun colouring-in pages. Bring printed photos or digital copies on USB. Sessions are FREE, Bookings essential: 9236 4300    Local History Colouring-In Competition Calling all Creative Kids! We’ve turned one of our historic photos into a colouring-in page. Let your … Continue reading Celebrate Family History Month this August @ Kwinana Library!

Oral History: Lindsay Calyun

Lindsay Calyun is an Aboriginal elder.  He talks about his experiences as a volunteer with many services within the City of Kwinana and surrounding suburbs and explains the spiritual significance of Medina Hill as well as modern interpretations of the site. As a child, Lindsay was taken from his family and placed in Roelands Mission.  He describes his escape from the Mission and living on the … Continue reading Oral History: Lindsay Calyun

What’s in a name : Leda

Where do our street names come from?  The origins of street names can tell us a lot about our local history, and the people and events that shaped our suburbs. Origins of Leda street names We won’t lie, someone in Town Planning hailed from Somerset! Otherwise, the streets of Leda honour Town Councillors, Peel Estate settlers, 1950’s families as well as some Noongar words. Continue reading What’s in a name : Leda

A Winter Formal

  One of our wonderful volunteers discovered these beautiful portraits taken of Medina Junior High School students (now Gilmore College) at a winter dance, dated June 1959. The photos were part of the Principal’s School Journal and Daily Diary for that year.   These school diaries contained Superintendent’s reviews and notes for improvement, Head Teacher’s suggestion book as well as notes of school attendance, tests and examinations, … Continue reading A Winter Formal

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

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?

What’s in a name, Orelia : the origins of our local street names

Where do our street names come from?  The origins of street names can tell us a lot about our local history, and the people and events that shaped our suburbs. Many of the streets in Orelia represent English castles or passengers on board ships arriving to the Swan River Colony in the early 1800s. Origins of Orelia street names Do you live in Orelia? Consider … Continue reading What’s in a name, Orelia : the origins of our local street names