Events in the History of Altona & Laverton

Site Purchased, in Altona, to Build a New School - 100 Years Ago

That Altona Beach is progressing is evidenced by the fact that the Education Department has purchased a school site, and intend to immediately proceed- with the erection of a school there. The site purchased has an area of 3 1/4 acres, and the building proposed will, we understand, accommodate at least 70 scholars, with provision for extension as required. The site purchased Is situated In the heart of Altona, and Is a complete block of land, bounded by four streets, namely, Railway, Upton, Blyth and Webb streets. Needless to say, this purchase will greatly enhance the value of the land at Altona, more especially that in the immediate vicinity of the site. (Footscray Chronicle 06 July 1918)

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.

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 […]