Discover a wide range of authentic oral histories about Kalamunda and surrounding districts.
Select the image to read about the lives of pioneers and their descendants as told by Kalamunda residents.
Full transcripts and audio are available for loan at the Kalamunda Library
Mrs Evelyn Kitney (nee McCullagh)
Interviewed by Gigi Hesterman on 15 April 2015
Evelyn remembers the isolation with very few properties around them in the 1930s. She recalls her life growing up in McCullagh Cottage, and the excitement of the dances and balls when she was a teenager.
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Mrs Ignatia Paskulich (nee Dobric)
Interviewed by Gigi Hesterman on 1 October 2012
Migration, the loneliness of living in rural WA, a nonprofitable orchard in Piesse Brook, going to school and the dangers of bush burn offs all provide an insight into a migrants life in Kalamunda in the early 1900s.
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Mrs Rita Hunter (nee Wilson)
Interviewed by Gigi Hesterman in April 2013
Rita Wilson, a seventh generation Australian, recalls Haynes Street and the business owners who were her neighbours. She talks about establishing the Country Women's Association (CWA) in Walliston and running the real estate agency in Kalamunda in the 1940s
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Mr Edwin Dell
Interviewed by Jeanette Achurch, 16 February 2015
Edwin recalls a difficult childhood with blankets made of jute sacks and mattresses made of bags, filled with old rags. He tells of clearing the land, his time with the YMCA and operating his own orchard and roadside kiosk.
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Mrs Dorris Craig (nee Stirk)
Interviewed by an unknown interviewer in 1981
Dorris’ recollections and anecdotes of home life in the early days of Kalamunda are a wonderful insight into how the Stirk family entertained themselves in their leisure time, after the hard work in the orchard was done for the day.
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Mrs Clara Hensworth (nee Ward)
Interviewed by Margaret Wansborough and Agnes Vandervelde in 1991
Migrating domestics, dealing with unwanted attention, living with adversity, the RSL Women’s Auxillary and life in Kalamunda in the 1930s are all included in Clara’s memoir
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Mr Athol Farrant
Interviewed by Donald Dawson in March and April 2002
Athol recalls the Farrant pioneers, communication in the late 1800s, the first caged poultry farm in Western Australia and the local governments pursuit of retaining bush in Kalamunda.
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Mrs Phyllis Alves (nee Jorgensen)
Interviewed by Jennifer Lewis (nee Alves), 1984
Mining accident, lost in the bush, teaching in rural WA and life in Carrolup Settlement with the first Australians are highlights of Mrs Alves interview
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Mrs Ella Byett (nee Schmitt)
Interviewed by Bill Shaw on 30 July 1984
A lottery win, migration, murder and flamboyant balls researched across four generations feature in Mrs Byett’s interview
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Mr Harry Honnor
Interviewed by an unidentified interviewer in1967
Mr Honnor remembers his drunken headmaster, mischief, mayhem, labouring in the stone pits and turning stone to gravel for roads.
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Mr James Crabb
Interviewed by Donald Dawson on 27 February 1996
Jim and Ada Crabb were well known and respected community members in Kalamunda, best remembered for their determination and courage to make their small business succeed against the odds.