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Friends of Westgarthtown Thomastown, Victoria

The Friends of Westgarthtown's vision is to preserve and present Westgarthtown's heritage for future generations. We manage and operate Ziebell's Farmhouse, an historic bluestone house, garden and museum owned by the City of Whittlesea that is located in the heart of Westgarthtown. We also provide interpretive services and material including tours and events, display panels, brochures, other publications and multimedia presentations.

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Contact Information

location
PO Box 1 Mernda Victoria 3754
phone
+61 03 9464 5062

Contact

Opening Hours

Second Sunday of each month from 1 - 4pm (or by appointment)

Entry Fee

Adults $3.00, Children $0.50

Location

100 Gardenia Road Thomastown Victoria

The purpose of Ziebell's Farmhouse Museum is to convey the pioneer story of German and Wendish immigrants to Westgarthtown.

The museum achieves its purpose through the physical presentation of:

1. the heritage buildings at Ziebell's Farmhouse
2. the heritage buildings and sites within the surrounding Westgarthtown settlement
3. Ziebell's Farmhouse heritage gardens
4. the journey and experience of the pioneer immigrants who settled at Westgarthtown from 1850 through to 1993
5. a collection of objects and artefacts

Significance

Ziebell's Farmhouse Museum is a source of knowledge, ideas, stories and memories. It is developed and managed as a community resource to inspire, educate and inform the community and visitors and to contribute to the conservation of the history and heritage of Westgarthtown.

Thomas Dietz 9 April 2018 12:46 PM

I'm so moved to see this. My great grandfather, Paul Dietz, left Berlin bound for Australia on this ship in 1850. He hopped off in Melbourne and settled in Swan Hill. He became the headmaster of the Swan Hill State School.

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Jar

Friends of Westgarthtown, Thomastown

Light brown jar with four circular strips. Three stripes are around the body of the jar and one around the flanged rim of the opening.

Inscriptions & Markings

S.S written in black marker on base.

Rug

Friends of Westgarthtown, Thomastown

Large square rug with floral motif in circular pattern. Square border and corners. Base colour beige with multicoloured flowers.

Inscriptions & Markings

No visible markings

Ornament, Kookaburra

Friends of Westgarthtown, Thomastown

China Kookaburra ornament sitting on a tree branch. Painted in browns and greens.

Inscriptions & Markings

No visible markings

Newspaper - Queenslander Herald, No.

Friends of Westgarthtown, Thomastown

Newspaper fragments with German text. Queenslander Herald.

Inscriptions & Markings

As per photo.

Nutcracker

Friends of Westgarthtown, Thomastown

Hinged, electro-plated steel nutcracker with two identical arms on short link. Flat, squared sections near hinge with rows of four indentations on each side. Arms rounded with turned grip rings, pointed at end.

Inscriptions & Markings

No visible markings

Book - Linnet of Aviland

Friends of Westgarthtown, Thomastown

Small hard cover book with green cover. Children's novel with three illustrations, 130 pages and 15 chapters. Titled "Linnet of Aviland" By Amy Whipple.

Inscriptions & Markings

Sticker reading " Methodist Sabbath School Thomastown, Awarded to Alfred Ziebell for 3rd Class marks 47, G Thomas Supt. B Grutzmer Sec. September 1916.

Hook, bale

Friends of Westgarthtown, Thomastown

Instrument for hanging and moving bales, steel hook with wooden handle.

Inscriptions & Markings

G' stamped on steel stem near handle

Case, pillow

Friends of Westgarthtown, Thomastown

A cloth bag with envelope flap and button. Cream coloured material with red and pink embroidery on one side. Lace with red trim around edges.

Inscriptions & Markings

Schlate wohl' embroidered on top flap.

Corset

Friends of Westgarthtown, Thomastown

Grey corset with boning inside. White lacing and eyelets on back and attachments for suspenders.

Inscriptions & Markings

"Sibyl", Cotton Corset, Made in England. Rust-proof throughout.

Brush

Friends of Westgarthtown, Thomastown

Elongated oval-shaped wooden brush with arched handle and brown bristles made of natural fibres. Body painted blue.

Inscriptions & Markings

No visible markings

Jar, wickerwork bound

Friends of Westgarthtown, Thomastown

Terracotta drinking vessel with cork stopper, entirely surrounded by wickerwork. One handle.

Inscriptions & Markings

No visible markings

Vase

Friends of Westgarthtown, Thomastown

Small clear glass vase with globular base and flanged neck. Base has projecting diamond pattern and neck has leaf-like design and scalloped design along edge.

Inscriptions & Markings

No visible markings

Petticoat

Friends of Westgarthtown, Thomastown

black cotton petticoat, long, with drawstring at waist and pleated trim around bottom.

Inscriptions & Markings

No visible markings

Bowl

Friends of Westgarthtown, Thomastown

Vitreous enamel coated steel bowl. Off white in colour with dark blue trim around the edge of the rim.

Inscriptions & Markings

No visible markings.

Table

Friends of Westgarthtown, Thomastown

Small wooden table or trolley with bottom shelf on 75cm wheels. Made mostly of mahogany. Turned legs. Rectangular cutouts on inside top length, circular cutout on opposite side. Glass sheet cutout for protecting top surface.

Inscriptions & Markings

No visible markings

Set, condiments

Friends of Westgarthtown, Thomastown

Condiments set including stand made of brass (?) with four ball feet, flat base, wire frame and handle to fit four glass containers. 1st glass container: rectangular glass box (no lid) with moulded geometric pattern. 2nd glass container: square base with round neck, same geometric pattern, broken stopper. 3rd glass container: square with metal hinged lid with knob.

Inscriptions & Markings

E.P.N.S., 1' (Electro-Plated Nickel Silver), embossed on frame and metal lid of 3rd item

Safe, meat

Friends of Westgarthtown, Thomastown

Handmade food safe with white painted wooden frame and perforated zinc screen panels. Galvanised sheet roof. Raised four beveled legs. Two rectangular doors, bottom door large, opens to main area with one shelf. top door small, opens to triangular roof section. Movable latches of wood on both doors.

Inscriptions & Markings

No visible markings

Box, hat

Friends of Westgarthtown, Thomastown

Large rectangular trunk lined with green and cream material. On each side is a mesh dome which opens with a clasp (to protect certain items?) including top and bottom. Brass clasp with locking mechanism, who smaller latches on either side. Leather handle, leather re-enforcements on each corner, attached with tacks. Exterior made of flaxite fiber

Inscriptions & Markings

Brass plaque on left hand side, 'Warranted Flaxite fiber rec trade mark featherweight' with feather in the centre. Sticker saying 'luggage Melbourne (sp.-st.) Cootamundra (NSW) Victorian Railways' on right hand side.

Jar

Friends of Westgarthtown, Thomastown

Salt-glazed terracotta jar with flanged rim on opening. Two toned brown colouring.

Inscriptions & Markings

QT imprinted on shoulder.

Nightgown, women's

Friends of Westgarthtown, Thomastown

White cotton long women's nightgown with long sleeves. Crochet detail along the collar and front.

Inscriptions & Markings

No visible markings

Buggy, horse drawn

Friends of Westgarthtown, Thomastown

Horse drawn buggy. Black leather upholstered chair with studded back. Four large timber spoked wheels the back wheels are larger than the front wheels, with steel trim on edges of wheels. Axels connects wheels and have turning mechanism. Two metal steps on each side of carriage. Small wooden seat on back of carriage facing the back. Steel barrier at front of the carriage. Wooden attachment with two wooden poles to attach to cart to horse.

Inscriptions & Markings

No visible markings.

Gloves, women's

Friends of Westgarthtown, Thomastown

Pair of ladies' gloves, cream semi-transparent material with beveled edge and elasticised wrists.

Mats, table

Friends of Westgarthtown, Thomastown

Set of 3 white cotton table mats with decorative borders. Item 1 is rectangular, with square material section in centre, rounded decorative interwoven cotton ribbon as a decorative trim. Threads connecting ribbons. Items 2 & 3 identical, circular material mats with zigzagged ribbon and thread edges. all items decorated sparsely with embroidered floral motif.

Inscriptions & Markings

Each item has label reading 'ANDERS'

Half of champagne bottle

Friends of Westgarthtown, Thomastown

Bottom half of green glass champagne bottle. Neck has been cut off and base of bottle has a deep indentation.

Inscriptions & Markings

No visible markings

Frying pan

Friends of Westgarthtown, Thomastown

Pressed sheet metal frying pan with folded/tube handle, riveted onto side. Flat bottomed, with edges that slant outward.

Inscriptions & Markings

No visible markings

Mouli

Friends of Westgarthtown, Thomastown

Small round metal mouli with handle, and winding mechanism with red wooden knob. Perforated base, and paddle. Hole at end of handle for hanging.

Inscriptions & Markings

Mouli Baby' embossed on handle, 'made in France, Brevete.sgdg' on front opposites handle.

Rake

Friends of Westgarthtown, Thomastown

Wooden rake with long handle and wooden head. Head and part of handle have been painted green. 16 nails added to wooden head to form rake teeth. Wire running from outer sides of rake head to handle.

Inscriptions & Markings

No visible markings.

Barrel

Friends of Westgarthtown, Thomastown

Large wooden barrel used for bread storage. Three iron bands evenly spaced down side of barrel, one missing 3/4 way down. Wooden lid with stiffeners/handles. Barrel constructed of bowed pieces of oak (?) joined lengthways.

Inscriptions & Markings

s' and 'c' stamped into long handle on lid.

Petrol can

Friends of Westgarthtown, Thomastown

Rectangular petrol can with rounded edges. Small handle on top with opening and screw on lid. Bottom half of can is blue and top half is yellow with red writing.

Inscriptions & Markings

Printed on front of can is "Golden Fleece" in red writing. A picture of a ram is printed in red above the writing.

Ship, model - Pribislaw'

Friends of Westgarthtown, Thomastown

3-masted ship modeled on the Pribislaw and constructed from this ship's wood, salvaged in the Shetland Islands. On timber base with descriptive panel. Ship complete with trimmings - German flag, sails, ladders, steering wheel etc.

Historical information

Constructed with timber from the wreck of the Pribislaw by

Inscriptions & Markings

In printed type, cut out and stuck onto the back end of the model ship 'Pribislaw' and 'Hamburg'.