Graeme Reilly

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, […]
June 29, 2016

Christmas in July in Altona

BY GOYA DMYTRYSHCHAK Christmas comes but twice within a year with the heart of Altona about to be transformed into a festive wonderland for Christmas in July. Altona Laverton Historical Society and Louis Joel Arts and Community Centre will host a range of events from July 1 to 14, including […]
January 20, 2016

Theft at the Homestead

Unfortunately we have had a theft at the Altona Homestead over the last month or two, as per pictures a standard set of weights and measures was on display – these are made of brass and are very heavy, the ball weight was approx 25cm across and the measures from […]
October 8, 2014

Happy Birthday Ethel!

Ethel Muller who attends the homestead to man the front desk week in week out turned 97 this week, we celebrated with a cake. HAPPY BIRTHDAY ETHEL! We would like to thank Ethel for her dedication and help over the years.  
September 30, 2014

Dr. Louis Joel, MBE – 1902-1989

In the 1930s, Altona was well known as a holiday and fishing village. Following WW1, a steady influx of families moved into Altona and the population grew. In 1928, the Werribee Shire appointed Dr Louis Joel of Newport as the medical officer of Altona. At that time, with no trained […]