Altona Homestead was originally named Laverton Homestead when it was built in the 1840s by Alfred and Sarah Langhorne. It was the first homestead run built on the foreshore of Port Phillip. Although the homestead was barely affected by the Black Thursday bushfires in 1851, Alfred decided to rebuild the timber home in bluestone, which was imported from Tasmania. After being owned by several owners and companies, the Werribee Council bought the Homestead and leased it to the Twentyman Family in 1957. At this time the Altona Shire formed after seceding from Shire of Werribee and the ownership was transferred to the Altona Council. In 1988 the homestead underwent a major restoration funded by the City of Altona and the Australian Bicentennial Authority; opening officially to the public in the following year under the care of the Altona Historical Society.
Altona Homestead provides the people of Altona and its visitors a reflection of the past through the objects, pictures, paintings and collections that are now displayed within the buildings. Apart from a journey back in history, Altona Homestead hosts a number of themed displays throughout the year as well as a fresh homemade Devonshire Tea on the first Sunday of the month from 11.00am to 3.00pm in the months February to December.
Altona Homestead is located in the Logan Reserve, Queen Street, Altona. Entry is free, however, the Historical Society would appreciate a gold coin donation on entry to help fund the work of the society. For a minimum of twenty people, tours are available at a fee, which can be negotiated at the time of booking.
Tuesdays – 11.00 am – 2.00pm Saturdays (Except the first Saturday of each month) – 10.00 to 12 Noon First Sunday of each month – 11.00 am to 3.00pm.
If you are not driving to the Homestead, bus and trains stop within walking distance to the Homestead. Wheelchair access is available through the gates in Queen Street and throughout the building. Guide dogs and other registered assistance dogs are welcome.
You may even like to have your photograph taken at Altona in period costume for $15.00 as a memento of your visit. For more information, you can contact the Historical Society through the message page on the website. New members to the society are always welcomed in the role of volunteers.