Historical societies

Historical Societies

Altona-Laverton Historical Society

Located at the Altona Homestead
128 Queen Street, Altona 3018 

The Altona Historical Society was formed in 1961, incorporated in 1996 and in 2000 amalgamated with the Laverton Historical Society to form the Altona Laverton Historical Society Inc.

Its aim is to encourage the study of the history of Altona and Laverton area through the acquisition of relevant objects, photographs, information and archive material, making these available to members and the community for their research.

The society has increased its membership and now includes long term residents, newly arrived residents who want to know more about the Altona and Laverton areas and junior members.

The aim of the society is to be relevant to the community by providing information and education on historical and current issues of the area.

The Altona Homestead Museum has an extensive collection of photographs and documents through which visitors can gain an understanding and feel for local community life experienced in the past.

Further information of the Altona-Laverton Historical Society can be found at their website www.alhs.com.au


Williamstown Historical Society

Located at the Williamstown Mechanics Institute
(Currently closed for renovations)

Williamstown was first settled in 1835 as the port for Melbourne, and the Society was set up in 1956 to collect, record, preserve and promote our local social history.

Williamstown was a “government town” with Immigration, pilots, customs, water police, tugboats, boat-building and ship building, Ports and Harbour yard, Astronomical Observatory, Railway workshops, Victorian Navy, Militia, Artillery, Rifle Range along with iron foundries, petroleum facilities, S.E.C. power station, etc. Such diversity is probably covered by no other Victorian Historical Society.

The Williamstown Historical Society is a member-based organisation managed by an elected committee. It consists of volunteers who undertake research, archiving, recording, preservation, collecting, displaying, acting as tour guides and promoting the History of Williamstown. Volunteers also provide assistance on the days the Museum is open.

Further information of the Williamstown Historical Society can be found at their website www.williamstownhistsoc.org.au