Kwinana Heritage Group

Hon. President Robert (Bob) Latham
Hon. Secretary Chris Scrambler
Hon. Treasurer Mai Powdrill

Kwinana Heritage Group (Inc)
PO Box 430
Kwinana WA 6966

Region Peel
About Affiliate Kwinana Heritage Group building

Kwinana Heritage Group commenced in the late 1980’s and was officially incorporated in 1990.  The Group is located at 2 Beacham Crescent, Medina and their site consists of Smirks Cottage (pictured above) built approximately 1902, the dwelling is a modest two room cottage, of limestone, brick, timber and corrugated iron roof, with later verandah extensions and enclosures. It is an excellent example of the type of accommodation for a working family at this time. The cottage was originally the home of William Smirk (1867- 1942) and his wife, Johanna (1861-1946) - both second generation settlers and children of convicts. William and his brother Thomas ran a market garden business supplying Fremantle retailers from 1898 until 1912.  Stirks Cottage is now a museum, housing an eclectic collection of objects that tell the stories of the unique settlement, development and history of the area.

On the same site is a Soldier's Settler Cottage which was built in 1922 as part of the soldier settlement scheme after World War One and demonstrates the way these families lived at this time. The building was home to Harold Willis and his family, timber for the home was carted from the Jandakot siding to its original location on Lyons Road. During the 1970s the building was moved to for use as a Guide Hall, then relocated to its present position at the Kwinana Heritage Site in 2002. It was restored by members of the Kwinana Heritage Group and displays objects that demonstrate the way of life of soldier setters and their families.

The Group has approximately 50 members; all are volunteers who meet every Monday for morning tea and new members are always welcome.  Their official monthly meeting is held on the first Monday of every month.  The site is open the first Sunday of every month from 10.00am until 3.00pm and special arrangements can be made for group bookings through the week with catering also available.  There is no entrance fee; however donations can be placed in the Donation Box.