Events in the History of Altona & Laverton

The Australian Margate: - Altona Bay Estate Company

The year was 1888 (September) and members of the Altona Bay Estate Company conveyed potential land buyers into Altona. They came by either specially arranged train services, on the purpose-built railway line extension of the line that existed to service for the Williamstown Racecourse, or they came by Steamer from Sandridge (Port Melbourne) to the purpose-built pier that run some 1200 feet out into Altona Bay.
The extensive property of 2,715 acres was previously the property of Alfred Langhorne before he sold it on to the Phelps brothers in 1870 before it was on sold to Mr Alfred Clark’s syndicate, ‘Altona and Laverton Freehold and Investment Company Limited’. It was held by this syndicate long before t was sold again to the Altona Bay Estate Company Limited who decided to subdivide a large portion of the property, within the vicinity of the Altona beach front with Victoria Street (now Millers Road) being the eastern boundary, Lily Street (now Grieve Parade) the western boundary and Nellie Street (now Civic Parade) the northern boundary.
The first sales took place commencing on 8th September 1888 and sales then took place over the next 7 weeks. Land sold for up to £13 ($26) per foot (frontage). Auctions of the property lots were held on successive Saturdays and by all accounts were successful, but the prevailing land boom burst in 1889 saw Altona’s development stagnated with very little building taking place on the property lots sold.
The Syndicate included - JOHN BLYTH, Merchant and first Commissioner of the Harbour Trust, JAMES SEVES HOSIE, Gentleman, who made his fortune in “The Meat Pie” and Hosie’s Hotel in Melbourne, DAVID MUNRO, who built the Altona railway and some of the bridges that span the Yarra River in Melbourne, HENRY UPTON ALCOCK the man who made his fame and fortune building the best billiard tables in the colony, WILLIAM H. PERYMAN an Auctioneer and ROSS K. MACARTNEY a timber merchant.

August 26, 2018

Altona Hospital History – A Bush Hospital by the Bay

The Altona-Laverton Historical Society is proud to present the History of Altona Hospital. This publication is a unique opportunity to read about ‘A Bush Hospital by the Bay’, (the history) its staff, volunteers and what made it so special and important to our community. It is more than the record […]
June 15, 2018


Altona Laverton Historical Society Archivist, Ann Cassar has been researching the Cherry Family, a pioneering family of Altona for several years, and documentary information about the family is currently on file at The Homestead Museum. The name Cherry is familiar to most people in Hobsons Bay through its long association […]
April 19, 2018

What is ANZAC Day?

As we edge closer to the 25th April, ANZAC Day, we should remember what this day means.  On the 25th of April 1915, Australian and New Zealand soldiers formed part of the allied expedition that set out to capture the Gallipoli peninsula. These became known as Anzacs and the pride they […]
March 30, 2018

Our Local Heroes Exhibition

Altona and Laverton communities flourished in the wake of two world wars. People from Europe flocked into our area to make a new home for their families. War was the catalyst for change and peace was the result as military personnel returned home to Altona and Laverton or made the area their new home. The […]
February 5, 2018

Altona Football Club Centenary Year

The Altona-Laverton Historical Society congratulations the Altona Football Club as it celebrates 100 years since its formation in 1918. The club owes its existence to a number of Altona business people, at that time, including James Duke and Dick Blomberg who saw a need and set about establishing the club. […]
January 11, 2018

Cruzin’ Knights Car Club Memorabilia Display

The Cruzin’ Knights’ Car Club memorabilia display, hosted by the Altona Laverton Historical Society, at the Altona Homestead will commence on Saturday 20th January 10am – 12pm. The club was formed in the year 2000 and meetings were held in Werribee where like-minded car enthusiast gathered. Their goals remain to: […]
January 11, 2018

Have a Period Photo taken at the Altona Homestead

Victoriana Photo Shoot (11am-3pm) Visit the Altona Homestead, this  Australia Day, and try on a variety of period costumes to be transported back in time.  Have your very own authentic Homestead photograph, for $15, as a memento of your visit. Available from 11 am – 3 pm Australia Day 26 […]
October 25, 2017

Happy 100 Years (1917 – 2017)

  The Altona Progress Association and the Progress Hall (now Altona Baptist Church in Sargood Street, Altona) turns 100 years old this year. From humble beginnings when Altona was a small village of between 50 and 500 residents a number of these residents were already thinking of improvements. From the […]