Formation and aims
The Friends of Westgarthtown Inc. was formed in 1995 and incorporated in January 1996 to bring together those who care for Westgarthtown's German/Wendish heritage and its unique architectural and landscape assets
Westgarthtown is an outstanding example of a surviving 19th century German village and its heritage sites are recognised as being of national and state significance. The Friends of Westgathtown focus on protection, restoration and promotion of the bluestone farmhouses and outbuildings, along with the Thomastown Lutheran church, cemetery and reserve. Regular heritage events are also held in conjuction with the City of Whittlesea.
Collaboration with the City of Whittlesea
Through the Thomastown Pioneer Precinct Committee, four executive members of the Friends of Westgarthtown work closely with the City of Whittlesea and Thomastown Lutheran Church on issues such as the authenticity of architectural restoration, refurbishment and maintenance of Ziebell's farmhouse, outbuildings and garden and promotion of the precinct as a tourist destination
Who are Westgarthtown's Friends?
The Friends of Westgarthtown consists of people interested in German/Australian history, its architecture, culture and lifestyle; decendants of the original German and Wendish settlers; local residents; German-born Australians; and all those who recognise Westgarthtown's heritage significance. A newsletter is published twice a year and distributed to over 300 members and supporters. Interested individuals, families or groups are encouraged to join.
Future Directions: Our five year plan
Future Directions is our five year plan for Westgarthtown and our organisation. It outlines our aims and commences planning for achieving those aims. Click the link below to download.
The number of visitors to Ziebell’s Farmhouse is growing and we need more volunteers to help.
- Volunteers program [PDF]
Join the Friends of Westgarthtown
Support the work of the Friends of Westgarthtown by becoming a member. Members are kept up to date with news, event and historical information through our newsletter, published twice a year.
Subscriptions fees are $10 per year for individuals and $15 for families. Concessions are also available.
Joining the Friends of Westgarthtown couldn't be easier. You can apply online or download the application form and return to us. Your application will be considred at our next committee meeting.
– Download application form [PDF]