Events in the History of Altona & Laverton

Carols In The Park

As we move into the festive season and all things Christmas, there is nothing better than joining fellow citizens of Hobsons Bay at Logan Reserve for Carols by Candlelight, we should remind ourselves of where and when it all started.
The headlines read 'Innovation At Altona' and 'Altona Park Crowded' Sunday, 19 December 1948, in what was then known as ‘Altona Park’ the inaugural Carols by Candlelight (or Carols in the Park) was held for the benefit of the Altona Community Hospital. The event was initial organised by the Altona Baptist Church who were supported by a number of other of the local churches, the Werribee council, the local returned solders and the Hospital committee. The instrumental side of the event was provided by the Williamstown Citizens Band and a number of leading local vocalists including Miss Lorna Rust, were heard between the choral numbers. With visitors travelling from Williamstown, Laverton and Werribee, it was estimated that more than 1000 people assembled in the park and joined in the festivities.
It was reported that ‘so numerus were the attendees that a veritable traffic jam was caused in the vicinity of the local picture theatre (cnr Queen and Pier Streets) and Altona Park.’ With fine weather prevailing the chorals and singing was enjoyed for 2½ hours and £25 was raised and handed over to the Altona Community Hospital. Inspired by the success the organisers were hopeful of arranging a similar gathering the following year.
And here we find ourselves 70 years on, 2018, and Carols in the Park continues to run in Logan Reserve.

December 24, 2018

Seasons Greetings

The Altona-Laverton Historical Society wishes its members, volunteers and members of the Hobsons Bay Community a very Merry Festive season and a safe and prosperous New Year. We look forward to seeing you at the Altona Homestead in 2019 when we return with Devonshire Teas (February) and more exciting Historical displays.
December 10, 2018

50th Anniversary of the City of Altona

On Saturday, December 21, 1968, on the lawns of the new Civic Offices in Civic Parade, the Proclamation Ceremony of the City of Altona was undertaken by his excellency Major-General Sir Rohan Delacombe the Governor of Victoria. The Honourable R J Hamer, Minister for Local Government made the presentation of […]
August 26, 2018

Altona Hospital History – A Bush Hospital by the Bay

The Altona-Laverton Historical Society is proud to present the History of Altona Hospital. This publication is a unique opportunity to read about ‘A Bush Hospital by the Bay’, (the history) its staff, volunteers and what made it so special and important to our community. It is more than the record […]
June 15, 2018


Altona Laverton Historical Society Archivist, Ann Cassar has been researching the Cherry Family, a pioneering family of Altona for several years, and documentary information about the family is currently on file at The Homestead Museum. The name Cherry is familiar to most people in Hobsons Bay through its long association […]
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: […]