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.



The number of visitors to Ziebell’s Farmhouse is growing and we need more volunteers to help.

Currently we are seeking volunteers to assist with gardening and tours but we always love to hear from anyone in the community who may have specific suggestions on how they can help.

If you would like to assist at Ziebell’s Farmhouse, please download our volunteers form below:


- 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 $20 for families.


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 considered at our next committee meeting.


Apply online

Download application form [PDF]


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