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Schwerkolt Cottage and Museum Complex

Architect: Schwerkolt Family

Further Afield | F04

Built in 1884, Schwerkolt Cottage is an original pioneer’s stone cottage surrounded by 2.25 hectares of bushland. The cottage has been restored to its original condition and furnished in the style of the period. The cottage, named after August and Paulina Schwerkolt, who migrated from Germany as newlyweds in 1849, was built from materials found mostly on the site. The original rafters and timber verandah posts were cut from young trees and the stone for the building was carted in from a local quarry. The fireplace was made from stone, clay and mud and used for cooking and heating. Over time the cottage housed the growing Schwerkolt family, including eight sons and one daughter. Visitors can explore the delightful cottage and its barn, wine cellar, smokehouse, and the orchard and machinery shed. The museum complex located on this site features a collection of household artefacts, photographs, toys and costumes. The surrounding area also has barbecue facilities, a playground, cycling and walking paths.

Need to Know

  • Open: Thursday 1 January 2pm-5pm

  • Photography Restricted: Yes

  • What's Open: All parts of the building

  • Special Note: No food or drink allowed in Museum or Cottage

  • Tour Type: F04

  • Access: Pram accessible, Fully accessible

  • Building Type: Cultural

  • Facilities: Toilets

  • Year Built: 1884, 1960s

  • Transport: Bus stop: Edgerton Rd on route 370.


2-10 Deep Creek Road, Mitcham 3132, VIC


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