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Tatura Irrigation & Wartime Camps Museum Tatura, VIC

Tatura Museum houses a unique collection based on 3 main themes which are: the History of Irrigation in Victoria's Goulburn Valley, the Local and Family History of Tatura and District since white settlement and the history of the seven World War 2 Prisoner of War and Internment Camps and the Garrison and Hospital which were established in this area.
Tatura Museum is not the average small town museum. Our collection includes ONLY items which have a connection to Tatura.
Whether it is Local, Family, Irrigation or War Time Camps history every article on display has a direct connection with Tatura and is not just part of a general historical display.
The collection and our reference library are a valuable source of research material for academics, school children, relatives and former residents.

Contact Information

location
49 Hogan S Tatura VIC (map)
phone
+61 +613 58242111
Contact

Opening Hours

Monday - Friday 1.00pm - 3.00pm Saturday / Sunday / Public Holidays 2.00pm - 4.00pm Bus trips and groups by arrangement

Entry Fee

$5 Adults $ 4 concession $ 2 children under 12

Location

49 Hogan S Tatura VIC

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Photographs, art and craft work, records, recollections and other archival material recovered from the former Prisoners of War and Internees in the Tatura Area during WW2, many of whom remained in Australia after their release.
These include the collection of 54 works of Leonhard Adam completed over a 50 year period and donated by his daughter Mary-Clare Murvitz of Israel and a collection of war time sketches by Georg Rosenkranz.
We have many artefacts and documents relating to the HSK Kormoran and HMAS Sydney as the Kormoran survivors were prisoners of war in Tatura.
Books, records, maps, photographs and information on the history of Irrigation in Victoria's Goulburn Valley.
Books, photographs, memorabilia, maps and recollections regarding the Local History of Tatura and District including major industries and local families.

Significance

Much of the collection has originated from activities of prisoners from within the camps, and so it is unique and irreplaceable. Many of the internees brought to these camps from overseas countries were intellectuals, academically well qualified in their professions and some were gifted sports persons or in their trade. Many of these people chose to remain in Australia and have added immensely to the education and culture of this country. Their stories, most involving escape from Nazism, are inspirational.

The story of the development of Irrigation in the Western Goulburn Valley is the story of the first irrigation scheme in Victoria, and lead to the creation of the State Rivers and Water Supply Commission, and its involvement in Irrigation.

Guy McIntosh 24 January 2015 5:44 PM

Hello there, I have in my collection a threepence coin and with a swastika hole punched in the centre of the coin, it also is stamped REGD:787 on the back, can you please assist me in my research if you know anything about the 1910 three pence coin, Thankyou

Guy McIntosh 24 January 2015 5:44 PM

Hello there, I have in my collection a threepence coin and with a swastika hole punched in the centre of the coin, it also is stamped REGD:787 on the back, can you please assist me in my research if you know anything about the 1910 three pence coin, Thankyou

Caitlin 25 August 2015 7:46 PM

I have the same threepence coin. It has a swastika punched into it and also REGD787 stamped on the back. In my research, I haven't found any information about it. If anyone can help with this, it would be greatly appreciated.

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Photograph

Tatura Irrigation & Wartime Camps Museum, Tatura

Tatura Primary School, No 1441, Grade 1, 1960.|Back: Includes Philip Slender; Robert MacDonald; Robert Montgomery.|Next Back includes Kidman; Ann Witten.|2nd. Front: Includes Sue Warburton; Christine McCracken; Barbara Knee; O'Sullivan; Heather Chappel.|Front: Includes Leigh Hogg; Robert Taylor; John Stewart.

Chisel

Tatura Irrigation & Wartime Camps Museum, Tatura

Moulded, wooden handled, metal chisel. Metal ring around end of handle

Historical information

Used by internees at Camp 3

Booklet - HMAS Sydney 11

Tatura Irrigation & Wartime Camps Museum, Tatura

Blue and white booklet. Coloured picture of Sydney and 2 seagulls on the front cover and black and white photo of HMAS Sydney on the back

Historical information

Produced as a respectful tribute for the officers and crew of HMAS Sydney 2

Document - The Toolamba Telegraph

Tatura Irrigation & Wartime Camps Museum, Tatura

Laminated pages of articles and advertisements from newspaper, 1875. Wire spine. Price 6 pence

Historical information

Newspaper also circulated as Mooroopna, Shepparton, Arcadia, Murchison Advertiser

template

Tatura Irrigation & Wartime Camps Museum, Tatura

Cardboard template for shoe or sandal sole. Slits .05 from edge with some pencil lines

Historical information

Made by internee at Camp 3

Sketches.

Tatura Irrigation & Wartime Camps Museum, Tatura

Pulley

Tatura Irrigation & Wartime Camps Museum, Tatura

Handmade pulleys (2) attached to a frame which possibly attaches to a lathe (no. 7955).

Historical information

Sent from Germany by Elfriede & Paul Faig.

Wooden Suitcase

Tatura Irrigation & Wartime Camps Museum, Tatura

Wooden suitcase from former child internee in camp 3. (Father was Friedrich "Fritz" Gottlieb Kubler). Brown painted plywood (appears to be from packing case). Metal lock, clasp & bracket for handle. Thick leather handle.

Historical information

Donor was former child internee at Camp 3 (father Friedrich "Fritz" Gottlieb Kubler).

Inscriptions & Markings

L. Kubler (stencilled in black paint on top of suitcase)|Stamp with "Empire Brand" on lining inside.

Book - A School on the Wide Red Plain

Tatura Irrigation & Wartime Camps Museum, Tatura

Pale blue cover. Black writing. Area map of district.

Historical information

Written to commemorate Centenary of Girgarre East School No. 1732

Book - The Boy Scout and His Law

Tatura Irrigation & Wartime Camps Museum, Tatura

Green hard cover, black writing, imprint of red flame and scout head

Historical information

Written and illustrated to show the good qualities that scouts should live by according to Scout Oath.

Document - All Locked Up And Nowhere ToGo.

Tatura Irrigation & Wartime Camps Museum, Tatura

Black plastic folder with clear plastic front, bound on left side. A comparative study of children in wartime internment camps and present day immigration detention centres in Australia.

Historical information

Written as a thesis for a tertiary qualification,

Book - The Centennial Narration of the Tatura Presbyterian Charge 1882-1982

Tatura Irrigation & Wartime Camps Museum, Tatura

Blue cover, black writing. Sketch of Church in background

Historical information

Written for centenary of St. Andrews Church, Tatura, incorporating "Springvale", Girgarre East, and Toolamba Presbyterian churches

Folio - Eberhard Schuster, Camp 1 Recollections.

Tatura Irrigation & Wartime Camps Museum, Tatura

Grey side bound plastic cover containing printed matter in plastic sleeves. CD included.

Historical information

Folder donated by E. Schuster.

Inscriptions & Markings

Eberhard Schuster.

2 wooden boxes - Wooden hand crafted cigarette case and box

Tatura Irrigation & Wartime Camps Museum, Tatura

Small hand crafted wooden box with lid and smaller wooden case with opening. Wooden box for cigaretts with mateirial lining and hand crafted wooden cigarette case.

photo - Early Lawn Bowlers

Tatura Irrigation & Wartime Camps Museum, Tatura

Smaller snapshot of early bowlers. Similar, wider photo, see photo number 10061

Folio - nil

Tatura Irrigation & Wartime Camps Museum, Tatura

Green loose leaved folder containing photocopied newspaper and other articles.

photo - Neil Lowe c1990s

Tatura Irrigation & Wartime Camps Museum, Tatura

Neil Lowe, Manager, Tatura Milk Products, c1990s.

Photograph.

Tatura Irrigation & Wartime Camps Museum, Tatura

Book - The Holy Land Called by Sauer.

Tatura Irrigation & Wartime Camps Museum, Tatura

Orange hard cover book with black and white text with photo of church and congregation on the front cover and text on the back

Historical information

Prof.Dr. Paul Sauer presents a comprehensive history of the Temple Society based on 10 years of intensive research work in various archives and during personal visits to Israel and Australia

Inscriptions & Markings

To the Tatura and District Historical Society with compliments from the Temple Society. Signed by the President. August 1991

Diary- Notebook

Tatura Irrigation & Wartime Camps Museum, Tatura

Brown leather bound Notebook, hand stitched leaves end of papers of blue silver. Small black pencil in spine.

Photographs

Tatura Irrigation & Wartime Camps Museum, Tatura

Photograph

Tatura Irrigation & Wartime Camps Museum, Tatura

Sir Ronald East standing mid Murray River near Nyah in drought year

Photograph

Tatura Irrigation & Wartime Camps Museum, Tatura

Cr. Jack Lowry as Shire President at German War Cemetery.

Historical information

Newspaper photograph.

Photograph

Tatura Irrigation & Wartime Camps Museum, Tatura

Book - Beersheba - A journey through Australia's Forgotten War

Tatura Irrigation & Wartime Camps Museum, Tatura

339 pages - B/W Photos - slight water damage

Historical information

Telling of the deeds of the Australian Light Horsemen, Campaigns of the 4th Lighthorse Regiment - Middle East, Palestine. Australian Cavalry operations and Military History of Beersheba ( Israel). World War 1 1914-1918

Photograph Loaned

Tatura Irrigation & Wartime Camps Museum, Tatura

Historical information

Loaned from Bowling Club.

Shoe Last

Tatura Irrigation & Wartime Camps Museum, Tatura

Boot makers last for resoling shoes.

Historical information

Used by Stevenson/Conley family

Booklet - The Centenial Narration

Tatura Irrigation & Wartime Camps Museum, Tatura

Blue cover, black writing superimposed over photo of Tatura Presbyterian Church

Historical information

Written for Centenary 1882-1982 of St. Andrews, Tatura and Springvale, Girgarre East and Toolamba Presbyterian Church 1882-1977

Book - A Jewel in the Valley

Tatura Irrigation & Wartime Camps Museum, Tatura

Black front cover, white writing. Colour photo of company on front. White back cover

Historical information

Written to record something of the history, from Tatura Male Choir. 1940's to modern day productions.

Ashtray

Tatura Irrigation & Wartime Camps Museum, Tatura

Lead Kangaroo and ashtray (with separate copper insert) on polished wood plinth. Underneath of base covered with woollen material. Lead has been covered with a gold coloured laquer

Historical information

Used by internees at Camp 3, Tatura

Folio - Aliens in Australia WW2.

Tatura Irrigation & Wartime Camps Museum, Tatura

Red two ring folder containing printed material in plastic sleeves.

Historical information

Archival information accessed by Peter Hoffman

Book - Made in Shepparton

Tatura Irrigation & Wartime Camps Museum, Tatura

Blue covered history of Furphy and Sons 1873-1998 with background representaton of Furphy tank

Historical information

To present history of Furphy family and their business over 125 years

folio - Australian War Memorial Research

Tatura Irrigation & Wartime Camps Museum, Tatura

Black plastic folder with printed material in plastic sleeves.

Historical information

Material obtained over the internet.

Top - Spinnning

Tatura Irrigation & Wartime Camps Museum, Tatura

Wooden spnning top

Historical information

The father of Kurt Katzenwadl had this top in Camp 3

Photograph

Tatura Irrigation & Wartime Camps Museum, Tatura

Photograph

Tatura Irrigation & Wartime Camps Museum, Tatura

Soldiers Pay book - James Patrick Colliver's Soldiers Pay book

Tatura Irrigation & Wartime Camps Museum, Tatura

Cloth covered small booklet, James Colliver's Australian Military Forces Soldier's Pay book WW2.

Historical information

Used as a pay book in the second world war by James Colliver

Inscriptions & Markings

Pay book no. 506541

Photograph. - Tatura Football Team 1932 or 1933.

Tatura Irrigation & Wartime Camps Museum, Tatura

Mounter photo on loan.

Historical information

Photo loaned for copying.

Archive Box (reports) - Inquiry into the circumstances of the sinking of the HMAS Sydney

Tatura Irrigation & Wartime Camps Museum, Tatura

26 stapled booklets of paper with yellow card covers and 2 bound books of completed report with white cardboard cover with photo of HMAS Sydney. Government report into the sinking of the HMAS Sydney|28 volumes consisting of:|Joint Standing Committee Transcript of 27th March 1998|Joint Standing Committee Transcript of 16th April 1998|Joint Standing Committee Transcript of 17th April 1998|Joint Standing Committee Transcript of 1st May 1998|Joint Standing Committee Transcript of 22nd May 1998|Joint Standing Committee Transcript of 29th May 1998|Index to Submissions and Transcripts of Evidence|Submissions volumes 1 - 19.|2 copies of completed report on the Loss of the HMAS Sydney dated March 1999.

Historical information

Government report into the sinking of the HMAS Sydney compiled by Government Joint Standing Committee in 1998/99

Photograph

Tatura Irrigation & Wartime Camps Museum, Tatura

black & white photograph of Dr & Mrs Stuerzenhofecker & family of 5 children in front of garden with the number 840 left centre front

Historical information

WW2 internment camp 3 Templer families. Donor Anneliese Beilharz

Inscriptions & Markings

840

Documents - Application for Grant and Lease

Tatura Irrigation & Wartime Camps Museum, Tatura

Application for Grant for Property at Girgarre East. 4 copies|Application for Lease to JT Daughtery. 2 copies

Historical information

Application for conversion of Leasehold into Freehold as all rents are paid. 19.1.1890. Bank of Victoria.|Lease to JT Daughtery, Commerical Bank 1.3.1879

Recorder

Tatura Irrigation & Wartime Camps Museum, Tatura

Handmade wooden recorder

Historical information

Made by internees at Camp 3, Tatura. The material was selected from firewood. Erich Bulach tuned the recorder to a perfect pitch

Coin

Tatura Irrigation & Wartime Camps Museum, Tatura

Italian coin, flattened to oval shape. Some Latin script visible on one face and a number 2 on reverse face.

Historical information

Coin Found at P.O.W Camp 13 when huts were being dismantled and relocated.

Folio - HMAS Sydney.

Tatura Irrigation & Wartime Camps Museum, Tatura

Black folder with photocopied material in plastic sleeves.

Inscriptions & Markings

HMAS Sydney.

Folio - Commonwealth War Graves Commission. German War Cemetery

Tatura Irrigation & Wartime Camps Museum, Tatura

Red folio with printed matter in plastic sleeves.

Historical information

Documents held by the Tatura undertaker, Eddie Mitchell, and including his rough notes.

Box

Tatura Irrigation & Wartime Camps Museum, Tatura

Brown paper box, lid and pinkish paper doiley-like slip inside, silver-grey paper cut out pasted onto lid. Box and lid contructed by folds only - not fixed in any way

Historical information

Handmade by Internment in Camp 3 Tatura

Book - Harnessed Waters

Tatura Irrigation & Wartime Camps Museum, Tatura

Cover showing photographs of stages in the construction on front. At back oval photo of two means of transport related to the area

Historical information

Published on occasion of 50th Anniversary of completion of construction

Wallet

Tatura Irrigation & Wartime Camps Museum, Tatura

Dark brown, light brown and red leather, brown star. Red diagonal strip across front fixed to wallet with buttonhole stitch. Brown tab fastener, edge laced with brown leather. 1 pocket inside. Cream lining.

Historical information

Made for children of Camp 3 by German Officers.

Document.

Tatura Irrigation & Wartime Camps Museum, Tatura

Book. - Australia- Germany- 200 Years

Tatura Irrigation & Wartime Camps Museum, Tatura