Westgarthtown is an historic dairy farming settlement sixteen kilometres north of Melbourne established in 1850 by German and Wendish immigrants. Although now located within the residential suburbs of Thomastown and Lalor in the City of Whittlesea, many of Westgarthtown's outstanding bluestone heritage buildings and structures still survive. These include Ziebell's Farmhouse (c.1850-51), Victoria's oldest German immigrant building; a picturesque Lutheran Cemetery (1850); and Australia's oldest operating Lutheran Church (1856).

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Our new exhibition tells the story of the central garden and
the memories of descendants who have tended
and developed the gardens since the 1850’s.

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Extended Opening Hours 

Ziebell’s Farmhouse is now open every Sunday from 11.30 to 3 pm and Tuesdays
from 9 am to 12 noon (excluding public holidays). We're also looking for new volunteers!

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Our garden featured in The Age

Megan Backhouse tells the story of the Ziebell's Farmhouse and its restoration.

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Ziebell’s Farmhouse has recently become the first and only Accredited museum
in the City of Whittlesea
by successfully completing Museums
Australia (Victoria)'s Museum Accreditation Program (MAP)

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Our moving documentary tells the story of
Westgarthtown descendants during World War 1.

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Read the full story of Westgarthtown during WW1 >




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