Follow the historic, winding pathways of Williamstown Botanic Gardens through the recently rejuvenated Pinetum to discover the intriguing origins of the tree collection and the fascinating stories behind how they came to be here.
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Secrets of the Pinetum
Postcards from the Gardens
Explore the early 1900’s craze for postcard sending and collecting at the 162 year-old Williamstown Botanic Gardens
Building Boats since 1858
Absorb at your own pace between 12 noon and 4 pm the marvels of maritime construction - tools, skills and material wood, canvas - to be found at the C.Blunt's Boatyard, five generations of shipwrights have been making and repairing wooden boats at this location since 1858.
Ghosts of the Old City Williamstown
Explore hidden alleyways, Victoria's oldest morgue, a forgotten burial ground and Australia's Timeball Tower in Victoria's oldest seaport.
Williamstown Projection Tour
You are invited to join us on a tour to discover stories of Williamstown's past.
Williamstown Town Hall Heritage tour
Enjoy a guided tour of the recently restored Williamstown Town Hall and learn about the history of the building and the many roles it has played in the lives of the local community over the last century.
Sons of Williamstown
The Sons of Williamstown project involved the refurbishment of the Great War honour board in the Williamstown Town Hall and tells the stories of the Williamstown soldiers who did not return from the war. Viewing is open for a limited time at the Williamstown Town Hall.
Proud to be a Nurse
Who were the young nurses who trained at Williamstown Hospital from 1907-1993? This exhibition curated by former nurse, Wendy Cavanagh (nee Hem) explores their many stories, photos and memorabilia from 1900 to 2022.
Who Lived in My House?
Discover how to research the history of your property.
Heritage Walking Tours- Step back in time
Unlock the secrets of the historic Williamstown waterfront and seaport. One hour in duration and catering to all abilities, explore the historic seaport of waterfront Williamstown, as well as its hidden lanes, monuments and buildings.
Royal Yacht Club of Victoria – Heritage Maritime Art Exhibition
An exhibition of historical maritime paintings and photos depicting recreational yachting on Hobsons Bay from the 1850s to 1930 will be displayed at the Royal Yacht Club of Victoria.
Hobsons Bay Heritage on Screen- a taste
A B&W episode of Homicide ‘Peter’s Party’ (1970) featuring the Point Gellibrand Pile Light and ‘The Don of Trugo’, a VCA student short, which centres on the unique game of Trugo.
Alfred Graving Dock Tours
A rare opportunity to explore the Alfred Graving Dock within the old Naval Dockyard in Williamstown with guided tours during the festival.
Newport Archives is an audio walk created by Tamara Saulwick for The Substation, which contemplates the connections between time, place and memory.
Spotswood Industrial Heritage Walk
This tour of Spotswood provides an insight into the people, industries and businesses that transformed this landscape from a dairy farm to one of the Victoria's most important manufacturing hubs.
Hidden Histories Film Launch
The launch of Hidden Histories, a short film created as part of Better Places – Spotswood and South Kingsville. Join us in celebrating stories of this unique area captured through listening to and filming those in the know… locals.
Cherry Lake Stories
An installation and one night only event: View fourteen Sea Flowers floating in the waters of Cherry Lake with the skyline of Altona in the background.
Tall Ship Alma Doepel WW2 History
The story of 1903 tall ship Alma Doepel service during WW2 in the Australian Army as part of the Army Water Transport (AWT) division of the Royal Australian Engineers (RAE).
90 Year Old Steam Tug Wattle
Wattle is the only oil fired steam tug operating in Australia. Here is a chance to see the 90 year old ship being restored and prepared for operation on Port Phillip by a team of dedicated volunteers. Bring back memories of Victoria Dock as the major shipping port for Australia and busy tugboats.
Ghost Signs and Palimpsests- delicate hallmarks of yesteryear
A panel discussion celebrating the eerie, delicate imagery of faded advertising on the brick walls of Hobsons Bay and beyond.
Storytime in the Park: Let’s discover where our families have travelled from!
Join us for a special StoryTime in the Park where we will explore the theme of travelling. This program is for children 0 to 8 years of age where they will get to sing-a-long with Rocking Russell, as we celebrate our diverse community and heritage.