Events in the History of Altona & Laverton
The Australian Margate: - Altona Bay Estate CompanyThe 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.
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