Graeme Reilly

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.
July 22, 2017

Condolence & Tribute: Douglas Keith Grant

It is with much sadness that the members of the Altona Laverton Historical Society acknowledge the passing of a great identity and contributor to the well being of the Altona community, Doug Grant on 20th July 2017. Not only was Doug a former Mayor and Councillor but he contributed a […]
May 5, 2017

Hobsons Bay Heritage April 18 to May 21 2017 – Save Altona Hospital

Following the closure of the Altona Hospital in November 1996 the residents of Altona stood as one not to merely protest at the closure of an icon of this community for over 60 years but to fight to retain what had always been seen as a community asset. The residents […]
April 16, 2017

Born at the Altona Hospital

Were you or a relative born at the Altona Hospital between 1932 and 1995? We estimate that approximately 13,500 babies were born at the hospital during that time. If you are one of these we would love to hear from you so that we can add your details to our […]
February 4, 2017

YMCA at Altona – Camp for workers’ families

A story about Altona Homestead and Logan Reserve From a modest beginning, the industrial welfare movements inaugurated by several Melbourne business firms have grown into large undertakings, and the number of employees taking advantage of the establishments provided by their employers has increased rapidly. About three years ago a large […]
February 4, 2017

Dr John Harry Leyden (1922-2008)

John and Thelma Leyden moved to Altona where John established his own medical practice, in Blyth Street and in 1958 was appointed as the Medical Officer for the new Shire of Altona. John remained in this role for over 17 years. John’s association with the Altona District Hospital commenced at […]
February 4, 2017

Dukes & Paproths

James Duke moved to Altona in 1917 with his wife Mary from Brunswick where they had contributed to Victoria’s growing population by producing 12 children. Although many of the children had reached maturity by the time they moved to Altona, there was still a brood at home needing James’ attention, […]