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 […]
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 […]