September 2, 2020

St Eanswythe Church celebrates 50 Years

After conducting services in a building that was transferred from Laverton in 1933, the building was demolished in 1969 to make way for a new Church Centre that was constructed by local builder H & L Weaver Pty Ltd. Work started with the demolition of the old building in early […]
August 19, 2020

To Beat a Boating Tragedy but then lose to a Pandemic

LAD SURVIVES ALTONA BOATING TRAGEDY, ONLY TO DIE LATER OF SPANISH FLU Sadly Altona has seen some tragic events over the years due to its location alongside the some times unpredictable bay of Port Phillip. Another one we came across recently was the sad loss of two men while fishing […]
July 13, 2020

Realease the Hounds

If you thought that this scene could only be an English one, then think again. The Hunt with horses, hounds, ladies and landowners was a sight that would have been seen with some frequency across the Werribee, Williamstown and Altona plains during the late 1800’s and early 1900’s. To learn […]
July 9, 2020

Homestead Closure

To our valued Hobsons Bay community Following the state government’s decision to reintroduce Stage 3 restrictions, the Homestead will remain closed but as things change over the next month or two we will reconsider our options. We are sad to be keeping our doors closed but we will continue to […]
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 […]