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Excursion to Germantown
29 May, 2019
On Saturday 25th May, the German Year 5-12 class at Matthew Flinders Centre Geelong, ventured out on a heritage trail to explore the stories of the first German settlers in Australia. For our VCE students this covers the theme and topic ‘German-speaking communities’/’Historical perspectives’. Ziebell’s Farmhouse is Victoria’s oldest remaining building constructed by German settlers. Christian and Sophia Ziebell were over 50 (this was very old by the standards back then!) when they migrated to Australia in 1850 with their 8 children. They must have been extremely self-sufficient, practical and hardworking, building a solid house themselves, establishing a successful dairy and purchasing the land they had leased initially after only a short time. Our guide John from the ‘Friends of Westgarthtown’ had a huge bag full of fascinating anecdotes of what life was like for the German settlers in the middle of the century. The excursion not only gave us new perspectives on different lifestyles, but also enhanced our understanding of Australia’s multicultural society. Astrid Paape – German Instructor
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