Remembering the Manwarings

Residents of Medina 1953 – 1987 Bryan Manwaring 1913 – 1984  and Dorothy Manwaring 1917 – Joan Manwaring (Mrs Smithson) 1946 – Diana Manwaring  (Mrs  Hope formerly Mrs Belohlawek) 1949 – Tom Manwaring 1951 – Bryan Manwaring began working in Medina in March 1953. The State Housing Commission offered  the use of a house in Peake Way  Medina  to operate as a General Store and … Continue reading Remembering the Manwarings

Our Everyday Heroes – The Kwinana Volunteer Fire Brigade

Hooray for Spring! The days are getting warmer and although it may still seem like summer is a long way away, it might be a good time of year to start thinking about whether our properties are bush fire ready. In the 1950s, as the population of Kwinana continued to grow, there was considerable public concern that the new town, surrounded as it was by bushland, … Continue reading Our Everyday Heroes – The Kwinana Volunteer Fire Brigade

From Road Board to City

The Kwinana Road District was established in 1953 by severing the northern part of the Rockingham Shire (Kwinana Road District Act 1953).  A new township was needed to house the proposed BP Refinery as well as its workers. Harry McGuigan was appointed the first Commissioner of the Kwinana Road Board from 1954-1956, which was then extended for two years until December 1958. On 11th of February 1961 … Continue reading From Road Board to City