Fam­ily looks back on 110 farm years

Gatton Star - - Life -

CALL­ING Glenore Grove home for more than a cen­tury, a renowned fam­ily name in farm­ing has notched up another mile­stone.

The Zis­chke fam­ily cel­e­brated 110 years of farm­ing in the Lock­yer Val­ley in Septem­ber, own­ing the same two prop­er­ties in Glenore Grove since 1903.

The Zis­chkes first set­tled in the Lock­yer Val­ley at Hat­ton Vale, with Jo­hann and Jo­hanna Zis­chke de­part­ing Ham­burg on board the ves­sel Lam­mer­sha­gen on April 10, 1878 from Pomera­nia.

Af­ter es­tab­lish­ing them­selves as a ded­i­cated farm­ing fam­ily in Hat­ton Vale, two of the cou­ple’s sons, Hein­richWil­helm Zis­chke and Gus­tav Carl Zis­chke, looked to pur­chase their own land.

The op­por­tu­nity to ac­quire fer­tile farm­ing land for the duo was pre­sented in Septem­ber 1903 when farm blocks that were sub-di­vided from the old Rose­wood Sta­tion prop­erty were sold by bal­lot.

Both Hein­rich and Gus­tav gained an 80 acre farm with dairy­ing the prime fo­cus of pro­duc­tion.

Ever since, the prop­erty has re­mained in the fam­ily, with it be­ing passed on from Hein­rich to Leo and Ernie, then toWar­ren, and to­day rests safely in Gavin and Paul Zis­chke’s hands.

Gavin Zis­chke said it was a good feel­ing to have reached the mile­stone, which was a rare thing among farm­ing fam­i­lies to­day.

“It’s some­thing to be proud of as a fam­ily,” he said.

“The val­ley is still go­ing to change a lot in the next 10 years in my opin­ion be­cause there is a lot of aged farm­ers older than me that have no off­spring that are go­ing to carry on the farm­ing be­cause there are bet­ter for­tunes out there in the world.”

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