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 […]
June 10, 2019

Altona’s Post Office Celebrates 50 Years

While the postal service in Altona commenced on March 15 1918, the current building opened its doors to the customers of Altona on Thursday July 10 1969. The Post Office was official opened, that day, by Mr Merv Lee, the Federal Member for Lalor who officially handed over the keys […]
June 4, 2019

Lost Lands Found

Lost Lands Found is presented by Dean Stewart in partnership with Hobsons Bay City Council Lost Lands Found is a brand new high-density development and an ecological art project being established in Logan Reserve in Altona. However, this new urban development is not highlighting people, but significantly our ecological neighbours […]
June 1, 2019

Presidents Message – June 2019

Hello members and friends of Altona-Laverton Historical Society, As we head towards the end of June and the end of another year for our Committee I thought it would be timely to reflect on the great work that has been achieved by the Committee and active members. This year we […]
April 12, 2019

Happy ‘100’, City of Williamstown

As we lead up to the 17 May 2019 we reflect back 100 years when Williamstown grew from a town to a city. Sir Arthur Stanley, the State Governor, when proclaiming Williamstown as a City (17 May 1919) noted that – “their town (so long famous as William’s Town) to […]
April 11, 2019

The Repatriation “Bringing them Home” 1919 to 2019

In 1919 the Repatriation Department was created by the Australian government to facilitate the repatriation of our servicemen and women, many of whom bore the physical and psychological scars of war. the department provided war pensions, a soldier settlement scheme and other vital services such as healthcare, education, housing and […]
April 1, 2019

Heritage: Connecting Back to Your Childhood

Oh to be a kid again, when times were simpler and there was just your imagination to keep you entertained. Step back in time at the Altona Homestead and take a peek at games and toys from days gone by when electronics was something that was ‘futuristic’ and a thing […]
February 26, 2019

Mobil: Reflecting on 70 years in Altona

2019 marks the 70th Anniversary of operations at the Altona Refinery which commenced the production of lubricants and bitumen on 22 July 1949 as part of a joint venture between Vacuum Oil Company (Mobil) and Standard Oil (Exxon). At an initial construction cost of £1m, it was widely acknowledged as an […]