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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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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

Book - Advice to Singers

Friends of Westgarthtown, Thomastown

Small hard cover book with dark green cover. Gives guidelines on how to sing. Titled "Advice to Singers" by Frederick J Crowest. 4th edition with 128 pages, Part of series of Warne's Useful Books.

Inscriptions & Markings

"Bromide of Potassium" written in pencil on the first page of book.

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

Wallpaper fragment

Friends of Westgarthtown, Thomastown

Wallpaper fragment probably used to border the walls around the cornice areas. Black rectangle with pink and green floral motifs with scalloped edge on the bottom.

Inscriptions & Markings

No visible markings.

Doll

Friends of Westgarthtown, Thomastown

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

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

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.

Butter churn

Friends of Westgarthtown, Thomastown

Wooden butter churn square in shape. L shaped winding handle on arm winds wooden paddles inside churn. Wooden square lid with handle is a newer addition to churn. Inside of churn has rounded edges to form U shape.

Inscriptions & Markings

"1" has been branded on base.

Resting bars, parallel

Friends of Westgarthtown, Thomastown

A pair of iron resting bars built into the smokehouse fireplace. Each bar is cylindrical, and they are placed one behind the other near the base of the fireplace. They both have a large iron bolt which passes through the centre of the rod. The front bar is bent in the middle.

Inscriptions & Markings

No visible markings

Washing board

Friends of Westgarthtown, Thomastown

Wooden framed washing board with clear glass insert. One side of glass is corrugated while the other is flat. Wooden frame has two legs and supports on the bottom and top of the glass insert and wooden panel on top with wooden plank that extends past board.

Inscriptions & Markings

No visible markings.

Hook, bag

Friends of Westgarthtown, Thomastown

Small instrument for hanging and moving bags, bifurcated hook with wood handle

Historical information

One of the original bag hooks used on the farm at Ziebell’s

Significance

Hessian bags were used pre 1970 and bag hooks were used to lift heavy bags of wheat, and milled grains such as bran and pollard

Breast strap, horse

Friends of Westgarthtown, Thomastown

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

Inscriptions & Markings

No visible markings

Scarf

Friends of Westgarthtown, Thomastown

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

Inscriptions & Markings

No visible markings

Wallpaper fragment

Friends of Westgarthtown, Thomastown

Wallpaper fragment. Yellowish-brown, sparkly background with embossed grey and white floral pattern.

Inscriptions & Markings

No visible markings.

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.

Salt shaker

Friends of Westgarthtown, Thomastown

China salt shaker with willow pattern, a truncated ovoid shape. Scene extending from base, with geometric pattern around top. Slight raising at top with two holes and blue 'S'. Small cork on bottom for filling.

Inscriptions & Markings

S' in blue on top, small oval sticker on base 'made in Japan'

Lamp, paraffin

Friends of Westgarthtown, Thomastown

Clear glass fuel reservoir with radial ribbed design and handle. Glass chimney.

Inscriptions & Markings

"Victor" embossed on gallery.

Basket, ornamental

Friends of Westgarthtown, Thomastown

glass basket moulded with a crimped edge and clear glass handle. Inside of base white, exterior brown, blue and white with some red.

Chest of drawers

Friends of Westgarthtown, Thomastown

Large wooden chest of drawers, four drawers, on four feet. Front two turned, back two square. Lock in each drawer, front centre - screw on decorative keyhole surrounds. Drawers all of different sizes, rounded front corners.

Coat hanger

Friends of Westgarthtown, Thomastown

Slightly curved wooden coat hanger with wire hanging hook. Hanger section has been painted cream, with black printed symbols and German text following the curve.

Inscriptions & Markings

Kein Flicken zu Hause!; Lapt die Jugend "Bleyle" fragen! Symbol of man with a B on his chest holding a flag with letters on it and underneath him the word schutzmark.

Vases, pair

Friends of Westgarthtown, Thomastown

Pair of copper vases, with long cylindrical necks and wide, rounded bases. Two handles, made of brass, one on each side, follow shape of vase, made of flattened metal. Necks have decorative embossing with floral motifs. Rim also made of brass.

Inscriptions & Markings

No visible markings

Lamp, hurricane

Friends of Westgarthtown, Thomastown

Steel framed paraffin lamp with steel base. Glass bulbous chimney with embossed writing and makers mark. Thin steel wire for protecting glass, and as handle on top with hook indent, attached to frame. Mechanism for raising and lowering glass casing by small handle attached to frame for facilitating lighting. Wick trimming device on side of base, and cap covering hole in base for filling.

Inscriptions & Markings

On glass - 'Feuerhand, Made in Germany' embossed. On opposite side, company logo of hand holding flames. On base - 'Made in Germany', embossed. Company logo. '*Nr. 327' Company logo on oil cap, wick trimming knob and on top of frame

Clamp

Friends of Westgarthtown, Thomastown

Wooden adjustable clamp with two parallel threaded tension screws that run perpendicular to two parallel planks that form the clamp. Tension screws also have one handle each.

Inscriptions & Markings

No visible markings

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.

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

Board, information - The German Immigrant Ship "Pribislaw"'

Friends of Westgarthtown, Thomastown

Free-standing display board containing diorama in centre of shipwrecked Pribislaw. Information given of the ship itself. Attached to the bottom are 2 wooden sections of the Pribislaw ship with brass nails. Wooden sections have been fitted to a wood stand for display purposes.

Historical information

History of the Pribislaw

Significance

The two timbers on display are salvaged from the wreck of the ship 'Pribislaw' which transported the Ziebell family and the other Westgarthtown settlers from Germany to Australia. The model of the 'Pribislaw' was handmade by Geoffrey Borrack, a Ziebell family descendant

Inscriptions & Markings

As per photo

Door hinge, small

Friends of Westgarthtown, Thomastown

Small door hinge, square base with three holes, round hinge and triangular door attachment with 4 holes

Inscriptions & Markings

No visible markings

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, music - Sacred Songs and Solos: Revised and enlarged with standard hymns.

Friends of Westgarthtown, Thomastown

Song book with musical score for keyboard including 1200 musical pieces.

Inscriptions & Markings

Sylvia Schultz 581 written on inside front cover. Sticker reading Keswick Book Depot 315 Collins Street Melbourne. On fly leaf stamp reads Post Office Christian Assn. Melb. Branch. In pencil NH12/6 written.

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.