Date: From Thursday 10 September 2020
Schwerkolt Cottage was built in 1884 by August Schwerkolt who migrated to Victoria from Germany and purchased 63 hectares of land in Mitcham. Paulina his first wife died also in 1884, leaving behind a grown family. The following year August, who was then 62, married Wilhelmina Oppel, a German widow with three daughters. August and Wilhelmina had three children: twins Johan (John) and Bertha in 1885 and a daughter, Mary, in 1887. Tragically, Bertha died at two weeks of age.
They settled Schwerkolt, transforming the property with fruit trees and vines, keeping poultry and bees, making wine and creating a stone quarry.
View the mini-tour of Schwerkolt Cottage and see photos of the cottage below.