YOU ARE DOING THE THOMASTOWN WALK AND TALK
THOMASTOWN INFO AS YOU MAKE YOUR WAY GUIDED BY DECALS
Before European settlement, the Wurundjeri-willam people gathered freshwater mussels, yabbies and trapped migrating eels in Edgars Creek.
Thomastown is around 15 square kilometres in size, although known as a residential suburb, it has a significant industrial area.
Edgars Creek follows a lava flow of basalt or blue stone near Wollert to the Merri Creek. Quarries mined the blue stone basalt for the purpose of building houses, fences, walls, bridges, churches, road making and reinforcement along the creek. In 2013 Edgars Creek was considered one of Melbourne’s most polluted creeks.
Thomastown was probably named after the Thomas family who began market gardening in the area in the 1840s.
Westgathtown is the oldest German settlement in Victoria established in 1850.
The Lutheran Church was erected in 1856 and is still used. It is the oldest Lutheran Church in Victoria and second oldest in Australia.
The first burial in the Lutheran cemetery was in 1852. The oldest headstone is 1867. There are between 150 and 200 burials, including many pioneers of the area.
Ziebell’s Farmhouse was erected in 1850 with random rubble bluestone quarried locally. It is managed by the Friends of Westgarthown.
Jack Ziebel (AFL Footballer for North Melbourne) is a descendant of one of the original families.
Population grew with the opening of the railway to Whittlesea in 1889. A completely redeveloped Thomastown Train station was opened in late 2011.
Early industrial development included the establishment of a pottery in Settlement Road in 1922
The electrification of the railway line to Thomastown in 1929 prompted the subdivision of land around the railway station for residential development.
Significant development occurred in the post-war years, particularly during the 1950s and 1960s.
Siebel’s Farmhouse was built in 1860. It was the birthplace of Albert Siebel. In 1934 he established the Pura Dairy in Preston. Pura has now developed into a national Australian brand name.
The site of the Thomastown Recreation and Aquatic centre (TRAC) was previously an open air swimming pool.
When TRAC was redeveloped and opened in 2010 it was the premier aquatics facility in the state.
Thomastown Library opened in May 1993. It includes community meeting space, computer room, café, community garden and Textile and Craft Makerspace.