August 8, 2018

Altona Hospital Book Launch & AGM

The Annual General Meeting of Altona-Laverton Historical Society & the Launch of the History of Altona Hospital Book will take place on the 21st August 2018, at the Louis Joel Arts & Community Centre, 5 Sargood Street, Altona, commencing at 7:00 pm The AGM will be followed by the launch of the ‘History of the […]
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 […]
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 […]
March 5, 2017

Surplus Scones – Altona Lions Club Soup Kitchen

Any scones left after our Devonshire Tea do not go to waste – we donate them to Altona Lions Club Soup Kitchen, straight after our event, for them to distribute that afternoon … a little help to those less fortunate!
March 5, 2017

Over 600 years of Altona’s History enjoying Devonshire Tea

Over 600 years of Altona’s History enjoying Devonshire Tea today. Be sure to check out our events page on and join us for our next Devonshire Tea.  
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

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, […]
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 […]