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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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Glove, boxing

Friends of Westgarthtown, Thomastown

leather boxing glove stuffed with horse hair, red stitching air vent in centre of palm.

Set, decorative

Friends of Westgarthtown, Thomastown

4 object set. Object 1 a pink glass dish with leaved, V-shaped rim. Clear glass decorative flange underneath overhanging rim. Object 2 pink glass jug, tapered, with clear handle and decorative flange, clear glass decorative feet. Object 3 pink glass bowl, globular, with clear glass decorative peaked trimming around top. Slightly patterned exterior. Object 4 similar to object 3 but with more obvious pattern on main bowl exterior.

Tub

Friends of Westgarthtown, Thomastown

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

Inscriptions & Markings

No visible markings

Piano

Friends of Westgarthtown, Thomastown

Iron-framed Thurmer upright piano with dark wooden panels. Two marks where candlesticks or other objects may have been attached can be seen on the front panel. Decorative carving on sides. 2 pedals.

Inscriptions & Markings

Thurmer; Sole Agents Allan & co. Pty Ltd Melbourne, on front. Paper sticker inside top lid - 'Ferd. Thurmer'.

Cart wheel

Friends of Westgarthtown, Thomastown

Wooden cart wheel with steel reinforcement bands around centre part. Wooden spokes attach centre mechanism to wooden curved segments of wheel. Wheel is missing pieces and only partially intact.

Inscriptions & Markings

No visible markings.

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

Platter

Friends of Westgarthtown, Thomastown

Large white oval platter with light blue trim on lip. Depression in middle of platter and flat base.

Inscriptions & Markings

No visible markings

Lamp, paraffin

Friends of Westgarthtown, Thomastown

Table lamp with tubular wick, paraffin. Cast brass decorative base with four feet, cast brass interior and burner, with glass exterior and covering. Pink and white base colours on glass, with floral pattern printed on both sides of lamp. Cover a semi-circular shape with round neck opening on top.

Inscriptions & Markings

… Success…' (some words unreadable) embossed on burner plate

Hanging bars

Friends of Westgarthtown, Thomastown

A single iron bar set into the fireplace near the top. At the centre of the circular bar is an attachment with a hook. From this attachment hangs a ring, through which two shaped bars overlap to forma cross. Each of these smaller, curved bars has an attachment at the end (two with flat, round rings, one with a V-shaped piece with upturned ends) for securing smoking items,

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

Horseshoe

Friends of Westgarthtown, Thomastown

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

Inscriptions & Markings

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.

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

Stove

Friends of Westgarthtown, Thomastown

Solid fuel stove, with stovetop cooking device, ash tray and oven, with two opening doors. Fire flu at back which extends up the chimney.

Inscriptions & Markings

Lux' on fuel cabinet

Candle holder

Friends of Westgarthtown, Thomastown

Sheet metal vitreous enamel candle holder, of similar style to others. White with blue rim, shallow curved base with raised, flanged holder. Handle rounded and attached to both sides of base. Currently holding pink candle.

Inscriptions & Markings

No visible markings

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.

Door lock

Friends of Westgarthtown, Thomastown

Door locking mechanism with separate knob. Lock is steel, handle brass. Large keyhole to right of handle, three small round holes on face for attaching to door.

Inscriptions & Markings

John Graham & Son' embossed on quatrefoil plaque

Ziebell Farmhouse Model

Friends of Westgarthtown, Thomastown

Three dimensional model of the Ziebell Farmhouse constructed on a table tennis table. Model includes buildings, trees and animals. Model is enclosed in clear plastic with numeric key and descriptions relating to descriptions above model.

Inscriptions & Markings

As per photo

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

Vessel, drinking

Friends of Westgarthtown, Thomastown

Moulded glass drinking vessel with vitreous enamel lid mounted on silver base with lifting mechanism. Lifting lever decorated with fleur de lis. Painting on lid depicts a pastoral scene with a seated male next to standing female with a staff, a dog lying next to the man, and sheep in background. 8 cut planes of glass around 2/3rds of glass circumference, and a rounded, moulded handle.

Inscriptions & Markings

'Schalerin, Schalerin, fri auf der hut!'

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

Kettle, cast iron

Friends of Westgarthtown, Thomastown

Large cast iron kettle with riveted, curved tubular handle spanning width of opening. Spout upright, lid with flattened knob made of pressed sheet metal.

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

Gloves, women's

Friends of Westgarthtown, Thomastown

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

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.

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

Jar

Friends of Westgarthtown, Thomastown

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

Inscriptions & Markings

QT imprinted on shoulder.

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.

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

Newspaper - Queenslander Herald, No.

Friends of Westgarthtown, Thomastown

Newspaper fragments with German text. Queenslander Herald.

Inscriptions & Markings

As per photo.