Altona is a western suburb of Melbourne, Victoria, Australia, 13 km south-west of Melbourne's central business district. Its local government area is the City of Hobsons Bay. At the 2011 Census, Altona had a population of 9,918. Former Prime Minister Julia Gillard lived here during her term as Prime Minister. Altona takes its name from the then independent German city of Altona which is today a borough of Hamburg.
Altona is a large suburb consisting of low density residential in the south-eastern half, with mixed industry in the north-western half. A key feature is Altona Beach on Port Phillip, which is one of only two swimming beaches in the western suburbs (the other being Williamstown Beach).
The mural shown here is in a small passage off the main shopping strip of the shopping centre street. It was commissioned by the Altona Village Traders' Association Inc, and officially unveiled on September 19, 2006. The artist is Vladimir Bykovec (http://www.bykovec.com) who has many Melbourne murals under his belt. The success of this mural is the naturalistic portraits of many popular locals, well-known in the community. The mural is finished off with a high gloss finish, making photography rather challenging.
This post is part of the Monday Murals meme,
and also part of the Monday Mellow Yellows meme,
and also part of the Blue Monday meme.