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

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Coming up at Ziebell's Farmhouse


Drawing from the past. Sunday 10 September 2017.
An ‘en plein air’ sketching session, led by John Borrack.

Curoios of yesteryear. Sunday 19 November 2017. See an unusual collection of
heritage farm tools and domestic utensils, explained by our guides

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