Hobsons Bay City Council - Heritage Hobsons Bay

Heritage Hobsons Bay

Heritage Hobsons Bay

Part of the Australian National Trust Heritage Festival 2018

18 April to 20 May
Various locations – All events are FREE unless otherwise stated

Explore Hobsons Bay during the Australian Heritage Festival. Discover the history and heritage from waterfront Williamstown, the original port of Melbourne, to the 176-year-old Altona Homestead built by the Langhorne family- early settlers in Melbourne’s west. Join us for a program of events and guided walking tours or travel along the 24-kilometre coastal trail with interpretive markers that tell unique heritage stories along the way.

For all Heritage Hobsons Bay information, visit www.hobsonsbay.vic.gov.au/heritagehobsonsbay or call 9932 4310

 

HERITAGE WALKING TOURS
Every Tuesday and Friday during the festival, 11.45am to 12.45pm
Tour departs from Hobsons Bay Visitor Information Centre, Syme Street, Williamstown

Step back in time and unlock the secrets of Williamstown with free guided heritage tours.

Booking required: www.hobsonsbaytickets.com.au

 

LOCAL HEROES

Open Tuesdays, 11am to 2pm and first Sunday of the month, 11am to 4pm.

Altona Homestead, Logan Reserve, Altona

Altona and Laverton communities flourished in the wake of two world wars. People from Europe flocked into the area to make a new home for their families. War was the catalyst and peace was the result as military personnel returned home to Altona and Laverton or made the area their new home.

Each person who served their country in any of the conflicts has a story. Each person is unique. Each was an ordinary person who was thrown into an extraordinary situation. The Altona-Laverton Historical Society has endeavoured to unearth the stories of military persons from our area and celebrate our LOCAL HEROES. From the Boer War to the war in Afghanistan, we have collected stories of war and of peace – locals who answered the call to defend their country or to tend the wounded. People from diverse situations who displayed exceptional self-sacrifice and then settled in our community.

Further information: www.alhs.com.au

 

INDUSTRIAL HERITAGE WALKING TOUR
Thursday 19 April, 9.30am to 1pm
Tour departs from Scienceworks, 2 Booker Street, Spotswood

The tour includes a visit to the Pumping Station located within Scienceworks, and uses the Museum Victoria Spotswood Industrial Tour App. The app uses audio, video, and historical photographs to show the evolution of Spotswood. Non-app users are also welcome to attend.

Booking required: www.heritagehobsonsbay.eventbrite.com

 

POSTCARDS FROM THE GARDENS
In partnership with the Friends of Williamstown Botanic Gardens
Thursday 19 April, 10am to 12noon
Williamstown Botanic Gardens, Giffard Street & Osborne Street, Williamstown.

Postcards from the Gardens – Moments in Time. Using the historic postcard collection of the Williamstown Botanic Gardens archive, we’ll explore the early 1900’s craze for postcards and postcard sending, and we’ll take a tour of the Williamstown Botanic Gardens revisiting sites and views that have appeared in postcards. We’ll take a look at what we can learn from both the images and text carried on these fascinating moments in time. The talk and tour of the Gardens will be followed by a morning tea and a chance to write your own postcard from the gardens. Limited to 40 people, free event.

Booking preferred: www.heritagehobsonsbay.eventbrite.com

 

GHOSTS OF THE OLD CITY WILLIAMSTOWN
Lantern Ghost Tours
Friday 20, Saturday 21, Friday 27, Saturday 28 April, Friday 4, Saturday 5, Friday 11, Saturday 12, Friday 18, Friday 19 May, 8.30pm to 10.30pm
Tour departs from Hobsons Bay Visitor Information Centre, Syme Street, Williamstown

Explore King William's Town, the original capital of Victoria, by lamp light. Explore hidden alleyways, Victoria's oldest morgue, a forgotten burial ground and Australia's Timeball Tower in Victoria's oldest seaport. Combined dinner and tour options also available.

Booking required: www.lanternghosttours.com
Charges apply.

 

GOD’S HALF ACRE: THE POINT GELLIBRAND BURIAL GROUND
In partnership with Williamstown Historical Society
Thursday 26 April, 6.30pm to 8pm
The Gallery @ Williamstown Library, 104 Ferguson Street, Williamstown.

Presented by local historian Brian Haynes, this talk uncovers the sad story of one of the earliest burial grounds in Victoria that began at Point Gellibrand with the arrival of a fever ship in 1842. 

Booking required: www.heritagehobsonsbay.eventbrite.com


ON THE BEACH

In partnership with Williamstown Historical Society
Saturday 28 April, 3pm to 5.30pm
Williamstown Swimming and Life Saving Club, The Esplanade, Williamstown

Presented by local historian Brian Haynes, this talk delves into the history and development of Williamstown beach from the 1850s to the present day.

Booking required: www.heritagehobsonsbay.eventbrite.com

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BASKET WEAVING WORKSHOP
Country Women’s Association, Altona
Tuesday 1 May, 6.30pm to 9pm
Altona Senior Citizens Centre, 2 Sargood Street, Altona

Join CWA Altona and put a modern twist on the ancient craft of basket weaving. Local textile artist, Tiffany Westphal will lead this workshop, which will explore different community weaving traditions. Participants will learn how to start making a basket using basic crochet skills. Baskets will be well underway at the end of the workshop and tips will be given for rounding up the sides and finishing off. Participants should then be able to confidently complete the project at home.  A light supper will be served for workshop participants. The event is open to all community members. Come have a cuppa and join us in celebrating 90 years of the Country Women's Association and learn more about CWA Altona. Basic crochet skills are a prerequisite for workshop.

Booking required: cwaaltona@gmail.com
$35 for CWA Altona members, $45 for non-members

 

SEALEGS: STORIES FROM A TUGBOAT FILM SCREENING AND TALK
Thursday 3 May, 6.30pm to 8pm
Pirates Tavern (Seaworks Maritime Precinct), Ann Street, Williamstown

Produced by Heather van Heerwaarden, Sealegs was first shown at Seaworks as part of the 2016 Art & Industry Festival. Sealegs is a short film about the skipper and crew of one of the tugboats that guides ships into our port.  Join us for a film screening and artist talk at the Pirates Tavern; a hidden gem of the west.

Booking required: www.heritagehobsonsbay.eventbrite.com

 

WALKING TOUR OF WILLIAMSTOWN CEMETERY
In partnership with Friends of Williamstown Cemetery
Saturday 5 May, 3pm to 4.30pm
Williamstown Cemetery, Champion Road, North Williamstown.

Join the Friends of Williamstown Cemetery on a discovery walk through the heritage listed Williamstown Cemetery, which is the final resting place for over 33,000 people. Hear about the lives of famous local citizens, hear sad stories from the past and view the Point Gellibrand mass grave and other significant memorials.

Booking required: www.heritagehobsonsbay.eventbrite.com

 

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TRUGANINA EXPLOSIVES RESERVE OPEN DAY
In partnership with Truganina Explosives Reserve Preservation Society
Sunday 6 May, 1pm to 4pm
Truganina Explosives Reserve, Queen Street, Altona

Join a guided tour and discover the remnants of the Explosive Reserve and learn about the indigenous plants in the area. Take a self-guided walk around the Under Keeper’s residence and Keeper’s gardens.

No booking required.

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WILLIAMSTOWN AND NEWPORT: A PRIMARY INDUSTRIAL AND RAILWAY HUB OF VICTORIA, 1857-2018
In partnership with the Inner West Branch of the National Trust and the Australian Railway Historical Society (Victorian Division)
Tuesday 8 May, 12pm to 2pm
The Substation, 1 Market Street, Newport and Newport Railway Museum, Champion Road, Williamstown

Join Ian Jenkin of the Australian Railway Historical Society (Victorian Division) to discover more about the important story of Newport and Williamstown in the creation of the Victorian railways. From the first train arrival at Greenwich (Newport) in 1857 to the current day; the area continues to play a pivotal role in railway operations throughout Victoria. The talk will also look at the development and importance of the Newport Substation. The talk will begin at The Substation and will conclude at the Newport Railway Museum. Community transport will be provided between the venues.

Booking required: www.heritagehobsonsbay.eventbrite.com

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DISCOVERING THE SONS OF WILLIAMSTOWN: A LABOUR OF LOVE
Thursday 10 May, 6.30pm to 8.30pm
Williamstown Town Hall, 104 Ferguson Street, Williamstown

In 1917, on behalf of the people of Williamstown, Councillor William Henderson collected portraits of each of the 265 Williamstown men who gave their lives during World War 1. Join us at Williamstown Town Hall to find out more about our unique WWI honour board and the stories it tells.

Booking required: www.heritagehobsonsbay.eventbrite.com

 

MY STORY: A WALKING TOUR OF WILLIAMSTOWN CEMETERY
In partnership with Friends of Williamstown Cemetery
Saturday 12 May, 3pm to 4.30pm
Williamstown Cemetery, Champion Road, North Williamstown.

Join the Friends of Williamstown Cemetery and take a walk through the Williamstown Cemetery as we visit the graves of some of our early pioneers. Hear their stories of arrival, raising their families, their success and sadness.

Booking required: www.heritagehobsonsbay.eventbrite.com

 

WILLIAMSTOWN TOWN HALL CENTENARY TOUR
Tuesday 15 May, 11.30am to 1pm
Williamstown Town Hall, 104 Ferguson Street, Williamstown.

Enjoy a tour of the recently restored front building of the Williamstown Town Hall as we approach the 100th anniversary of the laying of the foundation stone. During the tour you will be invited to view the restored interior of the Williamstown Town Hall. Learn more about the history of the building and the role that it has played in the local community over the years. Includes morning tea.

Booking preferred: www.heritagehobsonsbay.eventbrite.com

 

BROOKLYN HERITAGE MURAL
In partnership with the Brooklyn Neighbourhood Project
Sunday 20 May, 11am
Laneway on Cypress Avenue, Brooklyn (across from the Brooklyn Community Hall)

Join us for a coffee and celebrate the completion of the Brooklyn Heritage Mural, a contemporary site-specific community artwork. This community participatory project, led by local artists Tony Mead and Heather Van Heerwaarden created a path artwork reflecting local community stories, personal and collective narratives. From early agricultural settlers, industrial pioneers, post war migrants to contemporary community history, Brooklyn has a rich and significant story to tell. The text based work was painted by the community during a number of workshops.

No booking required.

 

HOBSONS BAY LIBRARIES
Discover the stories of Hobsons Bay with a variety of hands-on workshops and wonderful resources to discover the hidden pasts of our families, homes, streets and communities. For more details: www.libraries.hobsonsbay.vic.gov.au

 

MUSEUMS IN HOBSONS BAY

Altona Homestead
Logan Reserve, Altona.
Open Tuesdays, 11am to 2pm and first Sunday of the month, 11am to 4pm.
www.alhs.com.au

Enterprize Tall Ship
Gem Pier, Syme St, Williamstown.
Visit website to confirm sailing times and bookings.
www.enterprize.org.au

HMAS Castlemaine Museum Ship
Gem Pier, Syme St, Williamstown.
Open weekends and public holidays, 11am to 4pm
www.hmascastlemaine.org.au

Newport Railway Museum
Champion Road, Williamstown.
Open Saturdays, 12pm to 5pm.
www.facebook.com/NewportRailwayMuseum

Scienceworks
2 Booker St, Spotswood.
Open daily, 10am to 4.30pm
www.museumvictoria.com.au/scienceworks

Seaworks Maritime Discovery Centre
Seaworks, 82 Nelson Place, Williamstown.
Closed for renovations. Expected to reopen in July 2018.
www.seaworks.com.au

St John Library and Museum
Corner The Esplanade and Garden Street, Williamstown.
Open Thursdays and Sundays, 10am to 4pm
www.stjohnvic.com.au

Williamstown Historical Society Museum
Currently closed for renovations.
www.williamstownhistsoc.org.au

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