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!

Large Sunfish Captured - 100 Years Ago in Altona

Great excitement prevailed on Thursday evening among the campers at Altona each. At dusk a large fin was seen in the water in line with the end of the pier. A boat party, armed with harpoon, shot gun and revolvers, put off, and several shots were fired without effect. Early next morning another attempt-was made for a capture, which proved successful, when it was found that the stranded marine monster was a large sunfish, about 10 feet long, and with a depth of over 9 feet. A draught horse was employed to tow the fish to shore on tin rising tide. Its estimated weight was from 20 to 30 cwt [1000 to 1500 kg]. It will be on view at Altona Beach to-day. (Footscray Chronicle 9 Feb 1918) Now that's something you won't likely see in the Bay today!

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 […]
October 8, 2017

Remember the Day’s of the ‘Altona High’ School Yard

The Altona High School / Altona Secondary College display, hosted by the Altona Laverton Historical Society, at the Altona Homestead will commence on Sunday 8th October 11am – 2pm. The display includes school memorabilia, honour boards, sports pennants, trophies and the collection of student/teacher photo albums from 1980 onwards. This […]
August 11, 2017

All Things Quilted August 12 to September 17 2017

The members of Seabreeze Quilters and the Altona Laverton Historical Society, would love to show you all things ‘quilted’ in our beautiful Altona Homestead — and invite you  to join them each weekend as our members sit and sew. The Homestead will be open each Tuesday, Thursday, Saturday and Sunday from 11 […]
August 6, 2017

My Visit to the Homestead – Eliza Pelns

What I learnt from my visit to the Altona Homestead.   For her efforts, Eliza was awarded the ‘Principal’s Award’ at St. Mary’s Altona.