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Biographical entry Ziesemer, Theodor Martin Peter (1899 - 1961)

26 May 1899
Pittsworth, Queensland, Australia
28 November 1961
Toowoomba, Queensland, Australia


Theodor Ziesemer and his brother Friedrich were the first successful wheat growers in the Pittsworth district. They then went on to develop a model dairy-farm at Yandilla. One reason for their success was their investment in mechanised farming.


In 1921 Theodor Martin Peter Ziesemer bought a property at Bongeen near Pittsworth, with his brother Friedrich. There they grew wheat successfully and introduced mechanisation, including Sunshine auto-headers. In the late 1920s they bought Tosari, a dairy-farm at Yandilla, and introduced the first electric milking machines in the district. Theodor Ziesemer dissolved the partnership with his brother in the late 1940s to help establish his sons on the land. He retired in 1951 and four years later bought land in the Condamine with his sons. There they produced award winning wheat within 2 years.

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