Celebrating the unique architecture and history of Williamstown.
Open Williamstown is an annual fundraiser for cancer research that allows patrons to explore private houses and public spaces unique to this historic maritime community.
The event showcases the historical and architectural significance of Williamstown, Melbourne’s first port and one of its oldest and most interesting suburbs. It also celebrates the lifestyle and emerging modern architecture that make this seaside town culturally significant.
It gives people the chance to enjoy Williamstown’s diverse beauty while supporting a great cause; all event profits are donated to Cancer Council Victoria for cancer research.
In 2016, Open Williamstown displayed properties built from 1862 to the present day. The event was based at the Williamstown Mechanics Institute, an iconic venue that is home to the Williamstown Historical Society and one of Melbourne’s oldest performance auditoriums. The auditorium is regularly used by the local community for theatrical productions, seminars and presentations.
This event featured distinctive homes as well as a Blunts Boatshed, an historical maritime business.
People who attended the event were also treated to enjoy a complimentary afternoon tea and entertainment from local artists.
In 2015, Open Williamstown raised $5,000 – enabling the Cancer Council Victoria to establish the Open Williamstown Research Grant. Last year 100% of ticket sales went directly towards seeking cures for less common cancers as part of The Forgotten Cancers Project. In 2016 a further $10,000 was raised.
Open Williamstown is made possible due to the support of very generous home-owners, event partners and a great volunteer team.