Family looks back on 110 farm years
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.”