Westgarthtown Settler Stories
Come and hear the stories of settler families, told by their descendants, in the cemetery in which they are buried. Whilst descendants have spread out across Australia, many have kept a close relationship with the area through the Friends of Westgarthtown. Some of these will tell the stories of their families who arrived here in 1850 and developed a farming community, facing all the trials and tribulations you would expect in migrating to a new country, and some you may not.
The Lutheran cemetery at Lalor was established by the early German settlers of Westgarthtown, situated in modern day Lalor and Thomastown. This is a private cemetery where descendants continue to be buried to this day.
The adjoining Ziebell’s Farmhouse Museum is owned by the City of Whittlesea and managed by the Friends of Westgarthtown. Guided tours of the farmhouse and its outbuildings, nestled in surrounding suburbia, will be part of the experience, as will afternoon tea served by members of the Friends.