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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 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
PO Box 156 Tatura VIC 3616 (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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5324 items

5324 items

Photograph

Tatura Irrigation & Wartime Camps Museum, Tatura

Black and white photograph of the memorial at Camp 13. The German iron cross atop Waranga Basin stone. Built by German POW's. Kormoran memorial.

Historical information

Camp 13 memorial to Kormoran crew.

Sketch

Tatura Irrigation & Wartime Camps Museum, Tatura

Sketch of Hay Camp 1941

Historical information

Hay Camp, NSW

Photograph - copy - Howarth's Shoppe

Tatura Irrigation & Wartime Camps Museum, Tatura

Black and white copy photograph of Howarth's Shoppe, west end of Hogan Street, Tatura. Early 1960's.

Historical information

Original photograph held by Grace Howarth. Milk Bar and mixed business. Many proprietors since Mr and Mrs Maxwell in 1940's. Phone box and mail box in front.

Inscriptions & Markings

on back: Howarth's Shop

Photograph

Tatura Irrigation & Wartime Camps Museum, Tatura

Medium sized black and white photograph. Eildon Reservoir spillway / Concrete structure centre / rock and earth fill dam wall top half / round concrete tower left midway along wall bank.

Historical information

Photo taken by the photographer for Victoria State Rivers and Water Supply Commission

Audio Tape - Talk given to children by Lurline Knee

Tatura Irrigation & Wartime Camps Museum, Tatura

Document - Memoir - Memories of Tatura

Tatura Irrigation & Wartime Camps Museum, Tatura

13 page document, A4 paper. 7 pages of English translation, 6 pages German original.

Historical information

An account of the author's family background & early life, more particularly those events leading to their internment in Tatura, Victoria, Australia during World War 2. The author's parents (author Hermine Wedel, nee Strauss) were of German nationality & practicing as missionaries in New Guinea. Upon the outbreak of WW2, those German nationals were ordered to the coast by the Australian authorities and the men were transported to internment camps in Australia. The women remained behind, reporting regularly to the authorities, until they too were brought to camps in Australia at the end of 1941. They were eventually reunited in a family camp for internees, Camp 3 at Tatura, in 1943. They were released from the camp to work in Australia in 1947 and the family returned to New Guinea in 1949, and eventually went back to Germany. The author also briefly recounts her marriage & married life in Brazil & Germany.

Table linen

Tatura Irrigation & Wartime Camps Museum, Tatura

Tablecloth and two serviettes in bone linen.

Historical information

These items were brought to Australia by the hotel's owner Mrs Heselschwerdt, who was interned in Australia during W.W 2 and donated to the museum.

Inscriptions & Markings

"Hotel Galilee Nazareth" woven into tablecloth. Serviettes are crotched around edges with fine Arabic stitching.

Photograph - Rotary Exchange Students

Tatura Irrigation & Wartime Camps Museum, Tatura

Historical information

Copy of colour slides. Rotary Exchange Students:|George Luziaraga 1964, Bruce, Ross & Barbara Knee.|Suzette Escalante 1965, Melinda Hodson & Margaret Knee.|Patty Inocian 1970, & Lurline Knee..

Photograph. - Tatura Bowling Club, Division 1 Premiers 1964/65

Tatura Irrigation & Wartime Camps Museum, Tatura

Historical information

Tatura Bowling Club, Division 1 Premiers 1964/65.|Back: G. Dunlop; E. Davies; J. Maskell; S. Moore; A. Bailey; F. Volk; R. Rose; L. Green; A. Knee; K. Warburton; H. Payten.|Front: D. Hoffman; W. Dunlop; J. Coombs; A. Davies; G. Hicks.

Book

Tatura Irrigation & Wartime Camps Museum, Tatura

Loose leaf album - like book. Hard cover, cloth spine with thin cream vinyl-like thread. Laced and secured in 3 punched holes in spine/keeping leaves together. Contains 70 leaves (pages)

Historical information

Property of internee at Camp 3, Tatura

Christmas Card - Weihnachtsgruesse Aus Tatura.

Tatura Irrigation & Wartime Camps Museum, Tatura

Original hand printed Christmas Greeting Card with sketches, made in Internment Camp 1, Tatura.

Historical information

Christmas greeting card produced for forwarding to family and friends outside the camp.

Significance

Artwork by internees and the co-operation of the Australian Authorities in allowing use of the Garrison office equipment.

Book - History of 59 Infantry Battalion.

Tatura Irrigation & Wartime Camps Museum, Tatura

Photograph

Tatura Irrigation & Wartime Camps Museum, Tatura

Black and white photograph of 10 young ladies standing, 4 seated. The number 828 centre front. To their right a tree stump in front of a hut several yards behind the stump.

Historical information

Templer girls

Inscriptions & Markings

the number 828

CD - Tatura Museum Extension Photographs

Tatura Irrigation & Wartime Camps Museum, Tatura

Silver CD with dark silver text inside a black and clear plastic case.

Historical information

Photographs of opening of the new wing extension of the Museum (office and foyer). Taken by the Temple Society of Australia.

Photograph - Hogan, John

Tatura Irrigation & Wartime Camps Museum, Tatura

Hogan, John in horse drawn vehicle

Historical information

John Hogan, son of "King" Thomas Hogan, the last postman to deliver mail to Cooma, Harston & Byrneside areas. Photo taken c.1950 in front of the Harston Post Office.

Photograph - Camp 13 Hospital

Tatura Irrigation & Wartime Camps Museum, Tatura

Black & White, two A4 sized photos of Camp Hospital.

Historical information

Photos taken by Col McTaggart engaged in the removal of the original Camp 13 hospital building after the occupation of the camp by the State Rivers & Water Supply Commission Construction Branch c.1956. The building, bought by Mr. Henry, was transported to Corop in three sections, the high central section now a private residence located on the cnr. Midland Highway and Lake Cooper Road, the two outer sections converted to a house in Lake Cooper Road.

Bag

Tatura Irrigation & Wartime Camps Museum, Tatura

Tapestry knitting bag within wooden framework. Handles formed at top to which tapestry material is attached

Historical information

Made for Wally Wagner in Camp 3.

Photograph - Tatura Community Playground

Tatura Irrigation & Wartime Camps Museum, Tatura

Black and white photograph of playground situated in grounds of Tatura Primary School, built 1969.

Historical information

Tatura Community playground is part of the primary school play area. Exterior of school is shown through trees. Built by prisoners from Dhurringile Prison and other volunteers

Inscriptions & Markings

on back: Tatura Community playground (at primary school) 1986.

Photograph - Fruit Research at Tatura Research Station

Tatura Irrigation & Wartime Camps Museum, Tatura

Historical information

Fruit Research at Tatura Research Station.|Institute for Sustainable Irrigation.|Irrigation; Canning & Wire Tying.

Photograph

Tatura Irrigation & Wartime Camps Museum, Tatura

Black and white photograph of burial of German comrade in Murchison cemetery. 2 placing laurel wreath on grave. An officer in centre of photo, 3 soldiers. Faint photo of officers peak cap on right.

Historical information

German POW funeral, Murchison Cemetery.

Inscriptions & Markings

On the Italian tombstones EG + Ferrari Francesco.

Photograph - copy

Tatura Irrigation & Wartime Camps Museum, Tatura

Army Lieutenant K. Horwood, three AANS Sisters (Tootell, Heaphy and Castran) on steps of quarter masters store.

Historical information

WW2 internment camp 1, Tatura, Lieutenant Horwood, interpreter

Folio - HMAS "Sydney". Search For.

Tatura Irrigation & Wartime Camps Museum, Tatura

A4 two ring folder with printed material in plastic sleeves. Mostly photocopied newspaper and research material.

Historical information

Material collected.|Some material donated by Commodore Bob Trotter OAM RAN (Ret'd), via Val Silverlock

Inscriptions & Markings

HMAS Sydney - Search For

Folder - Funeral Programmes and Obituaries N - Z

Tatura Irrigation & Wartime Camps Museum, Tatura

Collection of paper cuttings and photocopies, relating to Tatura and district identities. Also funeral programmes. Alphabetical order,

Historical information

A series of newspaper cuttings and funeral programmes, collected to record the life history of many Tatura identities

Folio - 20th. Century, Spring 1963.

Tatura Irrigation & Wartime Camps Museum, Tatura

White A4 folder with 18 photocopied printed A5 pages held in plastic sleeves

Historical information

Copy of article printed in "Twentieth Century", Spring, 1963

Document

Tatura Irrigation & Wartime Camps Museum, Tatura

27 pages of documents relating to Fritz Muller, re German pre war life, rescue from the sinking Andora Star, time in Camp 13 and his description of the sinking of the Andora Star for journalists after the war. Typed and hand written original letters

Historical information

Information relating to Andora Star, POW's and Fritz Muller. Donated by his daughter.

Inscriptions & Markings

War. POW Camp 13 "Andora Star" Fritz Muller "Dunera"

Blouse - childs

Tatura Irrigation & Wartime Camps Museum, Tatura

Fawn material, round necked child's blouse. Features smocking around neck and edge of short sleeves, front opening has cross stitch around it and a plaited tie

Historical information

Made by Helene Hoefer for her daughter, Traude

Book - Heart of the Valley, Toolamba

Tatura Irrigation & Wartime Camps Museum, Tatura

Dust jacket included copy of bush scene woodcarving by late Nicholas Bartels. Brown card cover, gold lettering

Historical information

Toolamba district history, including local families, school rolls, churchs' history 1840-1983

Bag - Mail

Tatura Irrigation & Wartime Camps Museum, Tatura

Faded brown canvas post office mail bag. Leather strap with buckle attached to the bag by a metal U shaped attachment. A padlock is attached to the U by a small chain. A metal label (Tatura) is attached to the bag. 4 metal 1/2 rings are attached to the top of the bag.

Historical information

Used to deliver mail to households and farms.

Plaque & Painting - Kormoran

Tatura Irrigation & Wartime Camps Museum, Tatura

Historical information

Photo 1: Plaque given to "Kormoran" survivors.|Photo 2: Painting of encounter between "Kormoran" and HMAS "Sydney"

Photograph - copy

Tatura Irrigation & Wartime Camps Museum, Tatura

Colour photograph of items in daily use at camp. Plate, mug and cutlery. Laundry scoop, grater and iron used with hot coals. Negatives no 3.

Historical information

Photographed at Exhibition of Camp memorabilia displayed at Temper Home for Aged, Bayswater, Victoria, in 1981.