The Kellogg Boys of Thomas Road

  In 1953, construction began on the Australasian Petroleum Refinery in Kwinana. The size of the project demanded a workforce of over 400 men, but the relative isolation of the site made transporting labourers in and out of the area a significant challenge. Some men undertook a 40 minute bus ride to Perth and back, but in order to increase efficiency Kellogg International Corporation, the company … Continue reading The Kellogg Boys of Thomas Road

Memories of Kwinana Beach

Voices of Kwinana is always looking for personal memories to add to our collection. Today’s post is courtesy of Lyn Bayley nee Fletcher. We lived at 3 First Ave, Kwinana Beach in the 50s 60s 70s.  My nana and pop use to live with us, there was mum, dad and 5 kids, plus my aunty and cousin lived with us  – all in the one … Continue reading Memories of Kwinana Beach

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

SS Kwinana – a sad end for a pretty maiden

In 1912 the West Australian Government bought the SS Darius for the north-west coastal run and renamed it Kwinana, an Aboriginal word meaning “pretty maiden”. On Christmas Day 1920, she was severely damaged by fire at Carnarvon, and a year later was brought to Fremantle, stripped, and towed to a mooring in Cockburn Sound. She was originally offered for sale, but no takers. Her fate was decided … Continue reading SS Kwinana – a sad end for a pretty maiden

Named after a wreck

The rusting remains of the SS Kwinana used to be well known to thousands of holidaymakers. Although known as the ‘Kwinana Wreck’ it was not really a wreck. The 3,295-ton steamship had already been stripped of everything of value before she was abandoned. In her good years she was a coastal trader. At Carnarvon in 1920, fire broke out in the bunkers. After a hard … Continue reading Named after a wreck