About Us

Lantern History Tours is run by Jacqui Travaglia. Jacqui has lived in Williamstown all her life apart from a 10 year stint in England. When she returned to her home town, she was inspired to promote her town's history and heritage to the world. Jacqui is an active member of the community including Altona Traders Association, Williamstown Chamber of Commerce, Seaworks, Parks Victoria, Williamstown Maritime Association, Williamstown Historical Society, Sea Shepherd Conservation Society, Big Brother Big Sister, Enterprize Tall Ship and many others.

Jacqui volunteers 2 days per week to educate locals and visitors about their favourite haunts and local history. She has won multiple awards and featured on TV and in newspapers Australia wide. A brief history is below.

1990s Williamstown History Tours was started by Annie Link over 10 years ago.

2009 Annie Link handed the business over to Jacqui Travaglia. Jacqui also runs the successful Lantern Ghost Tours www.lanternghosttours.com.

2010 Williamstown Tours/ Lantern Ghost Tours wins the Hobsons Bay Business Excellence Award for New/Startup Business

2010 Williamstown Tours run History Tours for the Williamstown Festival

2011 Winner 2011 Hobsons Bay Business Excellence Tourism Award 

2011 Winner 2011 Star Women in Business Tourism Award

2011 Finalist Precedent Australian Small Business Champion Awards

2012 Winner 2012 Tripadvisor Certificate of Excellence Award 

2012 Victorian Finalist 2012 Telstra Australia Business Awards 

2012 Finalist 2012 Wyndham Business Awards

2012 Jacqui is a finalist in the 2012 Telstra Australia Business Women's Awards

2012 Williamstown History Tours is renamed to Lantern History Tours to reflect all the tours that are on offer

2012 Lantern History Tours has taken over 30,000 guests on tours around Melbourne and surrounds

2013 Jacqui is awarded a Hobsons Bay City Council Inspirational Woman Award for her community work and support of local business

2013 Winner 2013 Tripadvisor Certificate of Excellence Award

2013 Victorian Finalist 2013 Telstra Australia Business Awards 

2013 RACV Tourism Awards Finalist

2014 Winner 2014 Tripadvisor Certificate of Excellence Award

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T: 1300 390 119  

A: 16 Parker Street Williamstown 3016