In 2015, as part of the City’s History Now project, ten members of our Aboriginal community donated their time to share stories and information about local Indigenous culture and heritage.
Samantha Ballard was born in Mullewa in 1973. Her mother was part of the stolen generation and was a teacher at the MACC before becoming involved with Babbingur Mia Health Services in Rockingham.
Samantha shares childhood memories of raiding local fruit trees, Kwinana Jetty, the original Kwinana Beach housing development, the drive-in movie theatre and fondly recalls Mrs. Cook, the maths teacher at Medina Primary School. Samantha also shares her views on how trust in the community and the safety of young people has changed over time and explains the important role Medina Hill played in her childhood. The Hill is now commonly known as Harry McGuigan Park.
She expresses her pride in the Yonga Boys Dance Group’s contributions to the Kwinana community. Her son is a talented dancer and recipient of the Spirit of Clontarf Award and Samantha herself is a talented artist.
Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people should be aware that this interview may contain names of people who have since passed away.
Copies of the interview can also be borrowed from the Kwinana Public Library.
View the interview transcript with Samantha Ballard.