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.