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The monument commemorates Walter Zumstein, a beekeeper and nature lover, who arrived in the area in 1910 and pioneered the Grampians area.  

Walter Zumstein first visited this site in 1906 while working as a young beekeeper for Barnes Honey. In 1910, he established his own apiary, with 60 hives and a small timber cottage. He saw active service in World War One, and when he returned to Australia with his Scottish wife Jean, he decided to supplement their modest income by establishing a small 'tourist retreat.'

During the 1930s the couple built three pisé, or rammed earth cottages, plus a tennis court and a large swimming pool. Water for the pool was taken from the nearby MacKenzie River. Soil excavated to create the swimming pool was used to build the cottages. The cottages are recognised on the Victorian Heritage Register as some of the very few pisé buildings using local materials from the early 20th century.

The couple remained at Zumsteins until the late 1950s, when they moved to Horsham. Walter and his wife was perceived as a gentle couple who, through hard work, had created an oasis that they loved and wanted others to enjoy too. Walter Zumstein died in October 1963. His ashes were scattered at Zumsteins.


Address:Northern Grampians Road (Mount Victory Road), Zumsteins Picnic Area, Zumsteins, 3401
GPS Coordinates:Lat: -37.092619
Long: 142.385343
Note: GPS Coordinates are approximate.
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Monument Type:Monument
Monument Theme:People
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Approx. Monument Dedication Date:1967
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In memory of Walter Zumstein, 5th Battalion A.I.F., who pioneered this picnic site in 1912.

Erected by his family and friends


Source: MA
Monument details supplied by Monument Australia - www.monumentaustralia.org.au