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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

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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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

Lamp, Miller

Friends of Westgarthtown, Thomastown

Original Miller hanging lamp, made of brass and opaque white glass. Lamp has chain-operated raising and lowering mechanism. Decorative brass trimming around widest edge of glass lampshade. Contains tubular wick.

Historical information

Purchased by Christian Ziebell on one of his two visits back to Germany.

Significance

This object is of primary significance. Christian Ziebell brought it back from Germany on his return visit to Germany in 1856. It always hung where it is now and it is retractable to different heights. It hung on the lowest chain length over the table and was only raised when the family had festive events such as dances when Dorothea would accompany them on the piano. Great care had to be exercised when the lamp was raised because if it went up too high, and therefore became too close to the wooden ceiling, it could cause a fire. Francis Adams – son of Sylvia Adams (Ziebell) restored the lamp in the 1990’s.

Inscriptions & Markings

B & H Valpirfor written on lowering mechanism on top of the lamp. Rayo 24.98, PAT'D. NOV. 20.94, FEB 28.95, written on top of oil compartment.

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

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.

Doll

Friends of Westgarthtown, Thomastown

Small, plain white china doll with no head and no arms, also missing one foot.

Ornament

Friends of Westgarthtown, Thomastown

Clear glass oval shaped dish. Thick and heavy for size with bulbous decorations around sides and ribbed decorative flange on rim.

Basket, wicker

Friends of Westgarthtown, Thomastown

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

Inscriptions & Markings

No visible markings

Quilt

Friends of Westgarthtown, Thomastown

Large cream quilt with red edging, decorated on front with hexagonal pieces of various materials. Backed with cream material

Inscriptions & Markings

No visible markings

Container

Friends of Westgarthtown, Thomastown

Dark blue and teal tin-plate container, enameled on outside. Lid with hexagonal knob. Both lid and body decorated with coloured magnolia motif.

Inscriptions & Markings

Sticker on base 'Boy Blue association of ….. (part missing) Net Weight: 16 ozs. (including wrapp…) made in England by George W. Horner & Co. Ltd., Chester - Le - Street. County of Durham'. Printed underneath sticker 'Made in England'.

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.

Inscriptions & Markings

No visible markings

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).

Inscriptions & Markings

No visible markings

Top, women's

Friends of Westgarthtown, Thomastown

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

Inscriptions & Markings

No visible markings

Pitchfork

Friends of Westgarthtown, Thomastown

Pitchfork with hickory (?) handle and carbon steel prongs, ferrule made of mild steel sheet. Bound section of handle near end for ease of use.

Inscriptions & Markings

H. K Bros' embossed on handle

Ladle

Friends of Westgarthtown, Thomastown

Metal ladle approximately 1 cup in size. Cup is round and conical-like shaped with a flat base. End of handle is hooked.

Inscriptions & Markings

No visible markings

Bell

Friends of Westgarthtown, Thomastown

Bell with pressed sheet metal body and turned wooden handle.

Inscriptions & Markings

No visible markings

Cog

Friends of Westgarthtown, Thomastown

Small iron cog with seven rounded cogs around edge. Raised circle in centre on both sides, square hole through centre.

Inscriptions & Markings

No visible markings

Blinkers, horse

Friends of Westgarthtown, Thomastown

Leather and steel bridle, with leather blinkers and nose strap. Blinkers are domed for extra space against head. Two leather belts to go over horses head and neck, steel chain at bottom.

Inscriptions & Markings

No visible markings

Basket, wicker

Friends of Westgarthtown, Thomastown

Wickerwork washing basket with single thick, wound handle across middle. Base raised in centre.

Inscriptions & Markings

No visible markings

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.

Axe

Friends of Westgarthtown, Thomastown

Axe with long wooden handle and solid iron wedge-shaped head.

Inscriptions & Markings

No visible markings

Bible, German - Die Bible'

Friends of Westgarthtown, Thomastown

Lutheran German Bible with black leather cover, embossed with gold leaf cross. Embossed decoration on both covers. Marbled decoration on page edges.

Hatpin

Friends of Westgarthtown, Thomastown

Short hatpin with light blue glass bead on one end.

Boot last

Friends of Westgarthtown, Thomastown

Iron boot/shoe scraper. Base forms a diamond-like shape with vertical stem and shoe shaped flat top.

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

Sundry horse harness pieces

Friends of Westgarthtown, Thomastown

Leather horse straps with steel buckles and links.

Inscriptions & Markings

No visible markings

Bowl

Friends of Westgarthtown, Thomastown

Smooth and glossy ceramic oval shaped shallow bowl with three legs. Dark blue base colour with floral design in blue, purple, yellow and green.

Inscriptions & Markings

Maker's mark on bottom of bowl reads" Royal Stanley Ware C & Co, 835, England, Jacobean.

Water filter

Friends of Westgarthtown, Thomastown

Glazed earthernware white cylindrical water filter with brass tap at base and blue writing printed on front above tap. Filter has two pieces- outer cylinder with tap and internal cylinder with two filters inside.

Inscriptions & Markings

Printed on front "Delphin Filter assures absolutely germfree Drinking Water". Circular trademark reads, "Delphin Filter Company, Vienna, Made in Austria."

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

Nightgown, children's

Friends of Westgarthtown, Thomastown

White girls nightgown. Long with short sleeves. Crochet detail on top of back with one button. Crochet detail also on the edge of the sleeves and collar.

Inscriptions & Markings

No visible markings

Duster, feather

Friends of Westgarthtown, Thomastown

Brown ostrich-feather duster, with rubber matt to attach feathers to wooden handle.

Inscriptions & Markings

No visible markings