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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 49 Hogan Street 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

Location

49 Hogan Street 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.

Sandra M SMITH 12 October 2019 8:26 PM

At my own time and expense I compiling a profile on the service men and women on the Weethalle NSW War Memorial. This is not for profit but to give the village a legacy to be used for Commemoration,Education, Enjoyment and as a Resource tool. One of the men listed is Irishman Francis Irvine who was KIA at Tobruk. Private IRVINE's sister was the wife of Johann Heinrich SCHMITZ who died while in the internee camp at Tatura. Records show you are holding a document(s) on this gentleman. Is it possible to have a copy of what you have, to add to his brother-in-law's file please. The document is in an black 4 ring folder with your Registration Number C0713. I thank you for your assistance and consideration. All material will be professionally acknowledged. Sandra

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5331 items

5331 items

Rectifier

Tatura Irrigation & Wartime Camps Museum, Tatura

An electrical devise which changes AC power supply to DC supply.

Historical information

This object was installed at the Victory Hall, Tatura, to change main power (AC 240 v), to DC (direct current 30 volts). This supply was required to run the hall's picture show.

Inscriptions & Markings

Makers name; title object; Ref. to voltage, amps. AC and DC.

Photograph - Byrneside Hotel

Tatura Irrigation & Wartime Camps Museum, Tatura

Historical information

Photo copied ftom Bossence's "Tatura"

Photograph - Kormoran Captain

Tatura Irrigation & Wartime Camps Museum, Tatura

Document - Account of shooting POW at Murchison

Tatura Irrigation & Wartime Camps Museum, Tatura

Folder with clear plastic front and red back.

Historical information

Account of shooting POW at Murchison 21 September 1942. Added details of casualties, colonial inquiries, tunneling.

Scrap

Tatura Irrigation & Wartime Camps Museum, Tatura

Leaden tooth paste tubes melted into a solid grey white mass. Screw end of 1 tube at one end.

Historical information

Leaden tooth paste tubes, melted by internees for making batteries for illegal radio. Found in ashes at Camp 1.

Coin

Tatura Irrigation & Wartime Camps Museum, Tatura

Japanese coin with milled edge featuring crest/design on one face and pattern and currency value on other face.

Historical information

Coin found at Camp 13 when huts where being dismantled and relocated.

Plaque

Tatura Irrigation & Wartime Camps Museum, Tatura

Hand-Carved stone plaque featuring German eagle and swastika with Australian 1939 penny inset.

Historical information

Local stone was used by P.O.W at Camp 13 to carve the plaque.

Inscriptions & Markings

Tatura 1940

Metal kitchen safe

Tatura Irrigation & Wartime Camps Museum, Tatura

Australian perforated and painted metal kitchen meat safe. Painted green on top with cream sides. One shelf inside.

Photograph - copy - Tatura Flour Mill

Tatura Irrigation & Wartime Camps Museum, Tatura

Black and white photograph of Reillys Flour Mill, Tatura, 1880 - 1965. Demolished 1966. Young girl in foreground

Historical information

Copy of very old photograph of Reillys Flour Mill, built 1880. Remodeled in 1931, again in 1936. In 1946 an extension of 33 feet was built for wheat cleaning machinery. The mill was powered by steam until 1927, then brown coal, suction gas, then electric motors in 1940.

Inscriptions & Markings

Tatura Flour Mill, "Reillys" corner Casey and Albert Streets.

Chisel

Tatura Irrigation & Wartime Camps Museum, Tatura

Wooden handle shaped at the top. Metal shaped chisel.

Historical information

Used in construction of WW2 internment camps.

Inscriptions & Markings

McPherson Brothers, Glasgow

Book - Childrens - Und Doch Glucklich

Tatura Irrigation & Wartime Camps Museum, Tatura

Hard cover childrens book in German/Gothic Script with a black and white illustration. Front cover has small colour picture of woman seated surrounded by group of children.

Historical information

Property of internee at Camp 3, Tatura and read there to Camp children

Inscriptions & Markings

List of names and addresseson back end page. 1/- Gisela Wied, Tatura. Weihnachten 1945

Book - Alles Eine Linie

Tatura Irrigation & Wartime Camps Museum, Tatura

Hand made/bound cloth covered book containing poems, plays and cartoon sketches (done in ink). Page 3 features hand written signature in pencil. Illustration on front cover of mans face with the title above and date below. 26 numbered pages.

Historical information

Book was a 1942 Christmas gift for Adolf Wilke, POW camp 13 Murchison by all members of the camp theatre group. Signed by members of the cast.

Photograph - copy - Neef Family

Tatura Irrigation & Wartime Camps Museum, Tatura

A4 size picture, copy taken of Australian War Memorial site, depicting the Neef family in Camp 3, approx 1942.

Historical information

Left - Neef parents Edith and Roland Neef with children Helmut, Manfred and Herbert. Right - Steller parents Eugen and Elli Steller (nee Lippman) with children Anne, Inge and Reiner. The wives are sisters.

Leather folder - Francis Williams

Tatura Irrigation & Wartime Camps Museum, Tatura

Red Leather folder with gold pattern on back and front. Inside left border of red with gold pattern and fawn coloured padded section on which is stuck and photograph of Francis Williams and a tag (see below) The right side has same red and gold border with a fawn coloured cardboard frame with flowers on it. An oval shape has been cut out and a certificate of retirement from Tatura Mechanics Institute placed inside. The certificate is very ornately printed in gold, red and blue. The oval shape is coloured gold.

Historical information

A retirement certificate from the office of the President of Tatura Mechanics Institute and Free Library.

Inscriptions & Markings

Front: To Francis Williams Esq. JP. Inside left: Francis Williams (Senior), early pioneer and store owner, Hogan Street.

Dress - Puppet

Tatura Irrigation & Wartime Camps Museum, Tatura

Green brocade dress with yellow lace embroidered with red sequins. Shawl like collar. Red imitation stone at the centre front. Cardboard hands at end of sleeves. Gathered at neck

Historical information

Part of a collection of dresses from puppets on loan from Beinssen family

Badges - brass

Tatura Irrigation & Wartime Camps Museum, Tatura

2 brass badges depicting the words "Australia" with a split pin on the back for attachment to garments

Historical information

Badges belong to Major W. C. Scurry MC DSM Commandant Internment Camp 4, Army uniform insignia

Inscriptions & Markings

Australia

Book - Obasan by Joy Kogawa

Tatura Irrigation & Wartime Camps Museum, Tatura

Photograph - copy - F. A. & G. E. Williams

Tatura Irrigation & Wartime Camps Museum, Tatura

Copy of original. Black and white photograph of couple in front of house in Tatura, early 1900's. Double front weatherboard house with verandah on two sides.

Historical information

Copy of original photograph of the Williams family, early house in Tatura. This photograph was reproduced from a glass negative found in the ceiling of the Williams old shop (store) corner Thompson and Hogan St.

Inscriptions & Markings

Frank Ernest and Grace Elizabeth Williams at "Gracedale" Hogan Street Tatura. About 1900's near presbyterian church.

Photo album

Tatura Irrigation & Wartime Camps Museum, Tatura

Sky blue photo album. Superimposed on front cover Camp 1 Tatura. Military and nursing staff - WW2 - 1942-43 - original photographs borrowed from Sister Beatrice Moore - Camp 4 commandant Major Scurry - Captain Hendy with Sisters Tootell and Elliott - 1942 - Captain Llewellyn on "Tony" and daughter Jacqueline on "Darkie" - Manfred Mueller POW artist.

Historical information

Military and nursing staff from Camp 4.

Inscriptions & Markings

WW2 internees POW's

CD - Museum and German War Cemetery Tatura

Tatura Irrigation & Wartime Camps Museum, Tatura

CD, purple text on white circle.. Plastic cover, clear front, black back

Historical information

A photographic collection of German War Cemetery

Photograph - Tatura Milk Products

Tatura Irrigation & Wartime Camps Museum, Tatura

Black and white photograph of Tatura Milk Products, Hogan Street, Tatura. Office and part of factory. 2 flags flying. 2 females in foreground.

Historical information

Tatura Milk Products, formerly Butter Factory was founded in 1907.

Inscriptions & Markings

on back: Tatura Milk Products, Hogan Street, Tatura. 1986. Same title on sign in photograph.

Newspaper clipping - Blast from the Past 1951

Tatura Irrigation & Wartime Camps Museum, Tatura

Photo of 18 debutantes, with names of their partners in brackets. 1951

Historical information

Debutantes with partners. From back left: Kath Mulcahy (Peter Barber), Anne Leslie (Phillip Crawford), Fay Longworth (James McCann), Rhonda Dick (Jack Marshall), Helen Pogue (Bruce Barber), Heather Gurden (Phillip Mactier), Shirley Lovett (Leslie Leaf), Middle : Val Ryan (John Stewart), Theresa Noonan (Donald Stephens), Faye Beddell (Leslie Gavey), Doris De Lai (Ted Gavey), Mary Young (Terry Joyce), Ella Bunn (Neil Morgan), Patrick Dick ). Front: Betty Forbes (Thomas Atley), Madeline Mc Mahon (Neil Thomas), Mrs Pearl Dick (Chaperone), Patricia Pearce (Don Whyte), Edna Hampton (Ian Henderson)

Photograph

Tatura Irrigation & Wartime Camps Museum, Tatura

Medium sized black and white photograph. Big wash-away under concrete slab at Tatura Waterworks storage / Sheets of galvanised iron foreground on slab / bags of sand and petrol drum further along above water level / water on right / tree on horizon.

Historical information

Taken by photographer for State Rivers and Water Supply Commission.

Book

Tatura Irrigation & Wartime Camps Museum, Tatura

Loose leaf pages of a school book printed on a duplicator. Pages 5 - 16 inclusive

Historical information

Used in Camp 3 by children of internees

Wooden Recorder

Tatura Irrigation & Wartime Camps Museum, Tatura

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

Historical information

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

Photograph - original - Tatura Museum

Tatura Irrigation & Wartime Camps Museum, Tatura

Colour photograph of Tatura Museum after restoration. Exterior. 1988

Historical information

Photograph of Museum after restoration. Painted and iron work painted and replaced.

Inscriptions & Markings

on back: Tatura Museum

CD - An Account of life in Internment Camp 2 During WW2

Tatura Irrigation & Wartime Camps Museum, Tatura

Gold and black disc with palm trees printed on gold text. Yellow and clear plastic case.

Historical information

An account of life in internment camp 3 during WW2 by Irmhild Beinssen

Folio - The Dunera Tapes

Tatura Irrigation & Wartime Camps Museum, Tatura

Light blue covered folio side bound in black. Contains 70 pages of printed text and photos. Black and white picture on cover.

Historical information

Printed on the occasion of the 50th anniversary of the arrival in Australia. Interviews with 69 of the original Dunera men and their families done by 15 Hay students from Hay War Memorial School.

Inscriptions & Markings

The Dunera Tapes Conversations on a Windy Day in Hay

Folio - Photographs of Army Garrison Members

Tatura Irrigation & Wartime Camps Museum, Tatura

Black two ring folder with printed material and photos in plastic sleeves.

Historical information

Material collected and donated.Photographs of Army Garrison members; POW Camps including Graytown. Records E.J. Martin; T.J. Bowen; K.Liston; Photograph of water colour sketch by Pow. H. Hartmann. Dinner menus. 2/2nd. Pioneer march through Tatura. Photograph of Sgt. Johan Thomsen and five others at Graytown. Service Record White, Cyril Leyshon (2). Report of sale of paintings - Mrs. Ethel Jones, Bendigo. Service Record - Broughton Edward Renata Muhunga. Copy of AWM record 17th Garrison Battalion. Copy of AWM record 17th Garrison Battalion No. 1 Camp WW1. Copy of drawing by Leyshon-White, Cyril. Photocopy of group including N.J. Thomsen. Photocopied AWM photos including W. Ruthjen. Photocopied AWM photo of delayed action rifle firing device invented by W.C. Scurry. Photo and appointment of Lieut. Tackaberry. Six photos of camps and sketch of Dhurringile donated by W. Severino.

Invitation - Sergeant Snow White

Tatura Irrigation & Wartime Camps Museum, Tatura

Invitation in booklet form with black & buff coloured illustration on front cover. Invitation details printed overleaf in black. Recipients name hand written in ink.

Historical information

Produced by the CO & officers of the 8th Aust Empl;oyment Co in which Bruno Simon served as a private. Invitation is the anniversary performance of "Sergeant Snow White" revue

Inscriptions & Markings

Pte B Simon