These memoirs were donated by Val Beckingham, Emma Sloan’s granddaughter, to Kwinana Heritage Group and are republished here with the Group’s permission. Mrs Emma Sloan, Her Last 20 Years contains a rich description of what Sloan’s Cottage and the surrounding land used to look like pre-World War Two and provide great insight into what life was like in the area prior to industrialisation and the creation … Continue reading Travel Back in Time with Granny Sloan
The following memories were supplied by Dora Morzenti nee Nella, of Hope Valley, during Kwinana’s 50th Anniversary celebrations in 2004. “When my father settled in Hope Valley in 1926 it was called White Currant Valley because of the white currant bushes in the area. Later it was named Hope Valley. later still it was changed to Naval Base, then renamed Hope Valley again to which it … Continue reading A Personal History of Hope Valley
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
Know Your Nation spent time with 11 Kwinana locals to find out about where they grew up and what brought them here. Know Your Nation has broken down the material gathered into a series of short stories, 9 audio stories and 2 written stories. The result is a beautiful, eclectic collection illustrating the luck of the modern community. Of course, sometimes the stories illustrate the luck of the individual. But overall the collection speaks to the fortune of the community collectively.
The most dynamic communities are those made up of people with different experiences, backgrounds and skillsets. It is clear from this cross section of people in Kwinana that our community has the potential to be one of the most dynamic in the region.
These stories had their first public screening on Harmony Day 2017, and are now here for you to share and enjoy.