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
While Kwinana is not known for its heritage architecture, No.3 Lipscombe Court deserves a special mention for its role in the early days of Medina Town. Prior to the construction of other entertainment facilities, this house operated as a social hub for Medina’s early residents as it was the family home of BP Refinery’s first Manager, Mr. George Cessford. It was built in 1951, and … Continue reading Then and now: Lipscombe Court, Medina
In the early days of Medina Town, television had not yet touched Perth, let alone the remote industrial outpost of Kwinana! And so the BP Band stepped up to fill the entertainment void. One of the band’s first conductors was BP engineer, Walter A. Cooke. Born in Sheffield, U.K. in 1910, Wally Cooke had considerable musical experience playing with the Salvation Army and had been … Continue reading From Medina’s Maestro to Tuesday Girls – Music binds Kwinana
Every now and again we come across a photo or document we don’t know much about. When this happens, we ask our community to help! Do you know a thing or two about refinery construction? Can you identify what’s going on in this photo? What we know already: Image taken for Head Wrightson Pty Ltd to document the construction work at the BP Refinery, Kwinana, … Continue reading Archivist Amnesia – Can You Help?