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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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Nightgown, children's

Friends of Westgarthtown, Thomastown

White girls nightgown. Long with short sleeves with extensive tiered crochet-work down the front of the dress. The back of the dress laces up with white ribbon.

Inscriptions & Markings

No visible markings

Table runner

Friends of Westgarthtown, Thomastown

White translucent material, scalloped edges and appliquéd with floral motives, butterflies and 'M A' in centre. Backed with yellow synthetic material

Inscriptions & Markings

M A' appliquéd on front

Nightgown, women's

Friends of Westgarthtown, Thomastown

White cotton night gown, long, with crochet trim on sleeves and around square neckline. Sleeves short (above elbow).

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No visible markings

Tankard/Stein, beer

Friends of Westgarthtown, Thomastown

2-litre beer tankard decorated with Bayern coat of arms. Tankard a dark grey colour, and coat of arms in full colour with a lion on each side of the emblem.

Inscriptions & Markings

Bayern' underneath coat of arms, '2 L, gertz' imprinted on side. 'Original Gerzit. Gerz' stamped on base.

Horseshoe

Friends of Westgarthtown, Thomastown

Two horseshoes made of steel, one is slightly larger than the other.

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No visible markings

Top, women's

Friends of Westgarthtown, Thomastown

White cotton short sleeve short top. Button up front with extensive crochet work.

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No visible markings

Wooden spoon

Friends of Westgarthtown, Thomastown

Wooden spoon with shallow round concave at end. Handle is slightly curved and has hole at end.

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No visible markings

Sundry horse harness pieces

Friends of Westgarthtown, Thomastown

Leather horse straps with steel buckles and links.

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No visible markings

Hammer

Friends of Westgarthtown, Thomastown

Large hammer with flat nose and indented cross shape on opposite end of head. Wooden handle curved slightly towards back. Head made of iron

Inscriptions & Markings

No visible markings

Painting - Last Days Ziebells "The Pines" Thomastown

Friends of Westgarthtown, Thomastown

Watercolour painting, depicting Ziebell's Farmhouse from the south (Thomastown and Mernda). Painting is mounted in a gold frame with cream board.

Historical information

Painted from the home (or front) paddock which ran south to the creek. The paddock was used for the cultivation of lucerne and maize crops in the lower regions while closer to the house where Ainwick Crescent is now situated, it was a burgeoning market garden for the cultivation of all varieties of vegetables. The large pines beyond, sheltered the farmyard on the west of Gardenia Road. That complex can be partly glimpsed on the left of the painting. This is a directly painted watercolour relying on the use of white paper and transparencies to impart a feeling of morning light. The figure is the artist's mother for whom the picture was painted. Provenance: Augusta Borrack (nee Ziebell) Collection, John Borrack Collection

Inscriptions & Markings

Artist signature: John Borrack; Last Days at Ziebells "The Pines" Thomastown, 'Pro mea matre hanc picturan feci (In Memoria)'

Rug

Friends of Westgarthtown, Thomastown

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

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No visible markings

Breast strap, horse

Friends of Westgarthtown, Thomastown

Long thick leather strap with two triangular steel fasteners on each end and one steel D-ring.

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No visible markings

Hammer head

Friends of Westgarthtown, Thomastown

Curved, wedge-shaped hammer head, with square nose and tapered, flattened tail. Made of steel?

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No visible markings

Painting - Ziebells, German Lane, South View

Friends of Westgarthtown, Thomastown

Watercolour depicting Ziebell Farmhouse from the north, Thomastown and Mernda. In gold frame with cream border.

Historical information

Painted from Gardenia Road. The extensive farm complex on the right. (Western side of Gardenia Road). was demolished in 1972 for housing development. Buildings shown are cowshed, hay barn, engine shed and stables. Painted in the late afternoon, the lengthening shadows and lowering sky, could presage the ominous fate awaiting the farm with development. The Ziebell Farm was known as “The Pines” and sadly none of the many that proliferated there remain. Today they would be equivalent to those at the cemetery, having been planted at the same time. Provenance: John Borrack Collection

Inscriptions & Markings

Artist signature: John Borrack; 70's Ziebells German Lane South View

Scarf

Friends of Westgarthtown, Thomastown

Cream silk scarf with embroidered heart and floral decoration, and decorative fringe with tassels

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No visible markings

Sock darner

Friends of Westgarthtown, Thomastown

Wooden mushroom shaped object for fixing holes in socks. Handle is natural wood coloured with top is red with stamp on top. Handle screws off from top and contains storage space for needles.

Inscriptions & Markings

Hose Darning Stock, Registered Franz Kaaden, March 8BP 1893.

Breast strap, horse

Friends of Westgarthtown, Thomastown

Leather breast strap with steel attachments. Main part of strap is thick leather padded with felt. Various buckles and straps attached to main strap.

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No visible markings

Set, decorative

Friends of Westgarthtown, Thomastown

4 matching object set. Object 1:Tea cup, object 2: saucer, object 3:plate, object 4: milk jug. Off white china tea set with moulded ribbed pattern. Floral painted design on all items in black and deep red. All items have gold leaf trim on edges.

Inscriptions & Markings

On object 4, milk jug: Rd64638 stamped on bottom and 2339 written in gold paint also on bottom.

Basket, wicker

Friends of Westgarthtown, Thomastown

Large wickerwork basket with handle on each end. Rim is bowed, convex ellipse-shaped.

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No visible markings

Tea Pot

Friends of Westgarthtown, Thomastown

2 litre enamel-coated tea pot grey speckled with blue. Low-set spout with curved handle. Lid with squared handle.

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No visible markings

horse riding stirrups

Friends of Westgarthtown, Thomastown

A pair of horse-riding stirrup foot holders, made of steel. Shape is arched, with flat base for holding foot. Long, rounded hold attached to top for stirrup. Base is oval hole.

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No visible markings

Teacup, Willow

Friends of Westgarthtown, Thomastown

Off-white tea cup, swelling in upper half. Handle shaped to fit two fingers. Decoration is willow, in blue ink and is symmetrical on both sides of the cup. No saucer.

Inscriptions & Markings

EIT LTD ENGLAND' imprinted on base.

Decorative shield

Friends of Westgarthtown, Thomastown

Oval, zinc steel shield with dome shape. Flanged edges with 5 holes and hand-painted floral motif on raised side.

Sock darner

Friends of Westgarthtown, Thomastown

Wooden mushroom-shaped sock darner with hole in centre of head. Turned and waisted handle with groove around widest section.

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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.

Table

Friends of Westgarthtown, Thomastown

Small wooden table with bottom shelf. Mahogany frame and legs. Baltic/ European pine top. Decorative turned legs.

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No visible markings

Hearth Brush

Friends of Westgarthtown, Thomastown

Wooden handled brush, hand crafted from sundry miscellaneous wooden parts.

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No visible markings

Barrel lid

Friends of Westgarthtown, Thomastown

Round wooden chopping board made up of four individual planks of wood. Wood has possibly been reused for this purpose.

Inscriptions & Markings

Reser (?) (…) printed on wood. Ink has worn away and difficult to decipher.

Set, manicure

Friends of Westgarthtown, Thomastown

manicure set in black vinyl case, oval shaped with clasp on front. Satin purple lining on inside lid, velour lining on base. Nail buffer with elliptical casine top and handle, suede buffing material with silver retaining band. Thin nail file in vinyl case. Pink nail polish crayon in steel case. Casine handled metal nail file. Metal cuticle stick. All objects secured in case by straps or cavities. One object missing (probably clippers or scissors).

Inscriptions & Markings

Makers symbol imprinted on file and cuticle stick. 'Nagel-Polier-Stift', 'Polideur', 'Ges.Gesch.', 'Verleiht den Fingernagein eleganten Hochglanz' all printed on nail polish label.

Tub

Friends of Westgarthtown, Thomastown

Galvanised iron oval tub with handle on each end. Decorative bead near top, reinforced rim at base.

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No visible markings