Events in the History of Altona & Laverton

Laverton Property for Sale - 100 Years Ago

Mr. Langdon,.who for the past 24 yrs. has been a resident of Laverton, intends taking up his residence in one of the eastern suburbs, and is offering his property at Laverton for sale. The property, which-is situated between two railway stations, and within easy walking distance of Altona Bay, consists of a comfortable 8 roomed residence, with all conveniences, including bath and scullery, two-stall stable, feed-room, wood shed, and buggy shed, along with flower and vegetable gardens, fowl run, etc. (Werribee Shire Banner 17 Jan 1918) Just about everything you could want in a rural house!

Opening of New Altona Hospital (Sargood & Queen Street) - 80 Years Ago in Altona

It was on the 5th February 1938, 8o years ago, that the Altona Community again demonstrated their progressive nature to the power brokers of Victoria by opening their very modern, purpose built Community Hospital on the corner of Queen and Sargood Streets. This was just six years after the establishment a hospital in temporary, rented premises in Pier Street. This landmark recognised the vision and commitment of Dr Joel, members of the Altona Progress Association and the residence of Altona who saw a need and took action to solve the problem. The Altona Hospital continued to operate on this site for the next 58 years, expanding both the building and its services during that time. Whilst the funding by subscriptions ceased and the hospital gained funding via the Hospitals and Charities Commission and then the Health Department, it always kept its Community feel and well supported by the community for whom it served and cared. In 1996 it ceased operating as a hospital but the Altona community fought to keep the building as a key part of the community, and it operates to this day as the Louis Joel Arts & Community Centre, recognising the vision of both Dr Louis Joel and the people of the Altona Community.

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 Bloomberg 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 […]