Thank you to all the children who took part in this year’s Family History Month colouring-in competition! There were many beautiful entries and picking the winners was extremely challenging! The winners are: 4-6 yrs old – Shoma T. 7-9 yrs old – Vibha B. 10-11 yrs old – Ava C. Congratulations! Many thanks also to our community members who put on their detective caps and helped … Continue reading Family History Month 2018 – Competition Winners and Kwinanians remembered!
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
Valentine’s Day is Library Lover’s Day! To celebrate, we would like to share some of our local families’ most romantic memories of meeting their loved one in Kwinana. Have a beautiful moment of your own to share? Please leave a comment of get in touch with our Local History Librarian, firstname.lastname@example.org Continue reading Finding Love in Kwinana
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
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!
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
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
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
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 contact the Library. Continue reading Adopt A Photo – can you help?
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