Our beloved Mechanics Institute closed for building works in 2018. We now have a temporary home at the corner of Woods & Laurie Streets, West Newport, 3015

Williamstown Historical Museum is closing from February 24th 2018 and will be in storage for at least two years whilst the Mechanics Institute building is underpinned and refurbished. We expect that the Historical Society will have an office at the old West Newport kindergarten in Laurie Street


My Name is Steven Webb. I am honoured to have been elected as a general committee member. Thank You. I have lived in Williamstown since 2001 and despite being a “new” comer to the western suburbs, I can trace my Read more

Welcome to a new year of our activities – the September Annual General Meeting ‘closed off’ our activities for the past twelve months. At the Annual General Meeting we welcomed Steven Webb to our Committee. With a keen interest in Read more

Greetings to all our members and friends. Looking towards our 2018 Annual General on 27th September I have been reviewing the past twelve months, which have been very varied as regards the function of the Williamstown Historical Society. The closure Read more


During World War 1, on behalf of the community, William Henderson, Williamstown Councillor from 1916-1928 and Mayor from 1919-1920, collected photographic portraits that would become the Great War Honour Board which hangs in the foyer of the Williamstown Town Hall. Read more

Germany had formally surrendered on November 11, 1918, and all nations had agreed to stop fighting while the terms of peace were negotiated. On June 28, 1919, Germany and the Allied Nations (including Britain, France, Italy and Russia) signed the Read more

Captain Stewart Murray Hansen a young architect of Williamstown, enlisted in the AIF in September 1914, one month after war was declared. He was in the fighting at Gallipoli from the first day to the last day of retreat and Read more