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Council to manage local history icon

Council to manage local history icon

Wednesday, October 18, 2023

The management of the historic Ziebell’s Farmhouse Museum and Heritage Garden, in the revered Westgarthtown Pioneer Precinct in Thomastown, will be transitioned over to the City of Whittlesea following a decision at the Council Meeting on 17 October 2023.  

The transition of management, which will come into effect from 1 November 2023, will ensure the preservation of local history for the benefit of the community and future generations. 

Nestled within the heart of the Westgarthtown Pioneer Precinct, the heritage listed Ziebell’s Farmhouse Museum and Heritage Garden is a site of historical significance. It is Victoria's oldest German immigrant building, built between 1851 and 1856. 

Owned by the City of Whittlesea, it has been thoughtfully managed for almost three decades by the dedicated Friends of Westgarthtown. The work of the Friends of Westgarthtown has raised the profile of the cultural building which has included gaining museum accreditation from the Australian Museums and Galleries Association.   

Acting Chair Administrator, Peita Duncan said she was excited that the City of Whittlesea would be able to play an important role in the management of this invaluable cultural asset in our municipality.  

“I would like to express my gratitude to the Friends of Westgarthtown for doing an outstanding job in managing the facility and providing a unique and vital arts and cultural facility within our municipality,” Peita said. 

“Ziebell’s is such a significant part of our city’s history, and we are committed to ensuring it continues to provide an important link to the history of our city and a place for the community to visit for generations to come.” 

To support the transition of management, Council will continue to maintain a collaborative partnership with the Friends of Westgarthtown. A museum advisory body will be established to foster ongoing discussion and cooperation, allowing the unique insights and expertise of the Friends of Westgarthtown to continue to enrich the stewardship of Ziebell’s. 

“The City of Whittlesea is committed to enhancing and preserving our cultural heritage and providing our community with access to invaluable historical treasures like Ziebell’s Farmhouse Museum and Heritage Garden. We look forward to welcoming visitors to this wonderful place for years to come,” said Peita. 

Ziebell’s Farmhouse Museum and Heritage Garden will remain open every Tuesday and Sunday. For more information visit