May 29, 2020

Reconciliation Week 2020

This week is reconciliation week and is a great time to remind ourselves of the history and culture of the indigenous people of this area and Australia. By understanding the ways of the indigenous people past, present and emerging we can all understand how we can all connect with each […]
May 14, 2020

National Volunteer Week

Next week is National Volunteer Week, an annual celebration to acknowledge the generous contribution of all volunteers. The theme this year is “Changing Communities. Changing Lives”. On behalf of the Committee of the Altona-Laverton Historical Society we would like to give a huge thank you the many volunteers that assist […]
May 5, 2020

Delicious Scones for Mother’s Day

Happy Mother’s Day to all the mums out there. To make your Mum’s day just that little bit more special why don’t you whip up a batch of warm scones with the topping of her choice. So here is our special recipe to get you going. Alton-Laverton Historical Society Scone […]
May 5, 2020

Sorry we are closed, but ……..

As the COVID-19 continues and the Homestead remains closed, we that that what we would try and do is bring the Homestead to you. So whilst you can’t come in we have provided details on a number of the Homestead rooms as well as some images. Please enjoy the first […]
April 21, 2020

ANZAC Day 2020

The 25th April 2020 will mark the anniversary of the Gallipoli Landings. At around 4.30 a.m. on Sunday 25th April 1915 the first soldiers of the Australian and New Zealand Army Corps (ANZAC) landed near Ari Burnu on the Gallipoli Peninsula, mostly landing at a place that became known as […]
April 19, 2020

In this month, 135 years ago

Williamstown Racecourse Station In April 1885 the shortest railway line in the colony was built to service the then Williamstown Racecourse. The line branched off the Newport to Geelong railway line near where the Mobil Refinery is located and stopped just north of Kororoit Creek along Racecourse Road. The line […]
April 6, 2020

COVID-19, History has a way of repeating itself.

As we all try to reconcile ourselves into our 21st century version of social and economic disruption and being forced into lockdown and isolation with COVID-19 we need only look back 100 years when our brave servicemen began to return from WWI to Australia. Unfortunately they didn’t just bring back […]
March 17, 2020

Altona Homestead is Temporarily Closed

To our community – The safety of our community and volunteers is our priority as we all come to terms with the impact of the coronavirus (COVID-19). As a precaution the Homestead will not be open and our Devonshire Tea events will be cancelled until further notice comencing from today […]
January 3, 2020

Seaholme turns 100

In January 1920 advertisements and articles began to appear in local and Melbourne newspapers announcing the opportunity to purchase prime land in the new subdivision of Seaholme next door to ‘Melbourne’s famous seaside resort of Altona Beach’ and near the ‘only great beach on the west side of the Bay’. […]
August 29, 2019

St. Eanswythe’s – 50 Years Ago

November 9, 1969 saw the final services held in the old church of St Eanswythe in Queen Street, Altona. The following day the old church building was demolished and a week later the first sod was turned on the new building site by Bishop Dann. All the parishioners lined the […]