Events in the History of Altona & Laverton
Carols In The ParkAs we move into the festive season and all things Christmas, there is nothing better than joining fellow citizens of Hobsons Bay at Logan Reserve for Carols by Candlelight, we should remind ourselves of where and when it all started.
The headlines read 'Innovation At Altona' and 'Altona Park Crowded' Sunday, 19 December 1948, in what was then known as ‘Altona Park’ the inaugural Carols by Candlelight (or Carols in the Park) was held for the benefit of the Altona Community Hospital. The event was initial organised by the Altona Baptist Church who were supported by a number of other of the local churches, the Werribee council, the local returned solders and the Hospital committee. The instrumental side of the event was provided by the Williamstown Citizens Band and a number of leading local vocalists including Miss Lorna Rust, were heard between the choral numbers. With visitors travelling from Williamstown, Laverton and Werribee, it was estimated that more than 1000 people assembled in the park and joined in the festivities.
It was reported that ‘so numerus were the attendees that a veritable traffic jam was caused in the vicinity of the local picture theatre (cnr Queen and Pier Streets) and Altona Park.’ With fine weather prevailing the chorals and singing was enjoyed for 2½ hours and £25 was raised and handed over to the Altona Community Hospital. Inspired by the success the organisers were hopeful of arranging a similar gathering the following year.
And here we find ourselves 70 years on, 2018, and Carols by Candlelight continues to run in Logan Reserve. Altona - Carols in the Park, Sunday 9 December, 7pm to 9pm, Logan Reserve, Altona
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