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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
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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5320 items

5320 items

Folder

Tatura Irrigation & Wartime Camps Museum, Tatura

Black plastic A 4 folder

Historical information

Sam Koehne is a Melbourne University historian who visited Tatura Museum several times researching the Camp 3 Internment experience.

Photograph - Sketches by Leonhard Adam

Tatura Irrigation & Wartime Camps Museum, Tatura

Historical information

Photographs taken of original photos exhibited at Tatura Museum c.1996. Sketches by Leonhard (Leonard) Adam, ex Dunera, Camp 2.|Sketch 3- Ipse Fici, August 1941.|Two photos of Leonhard Adam scanned from private collection..

Saw

Tatura Irrigation & Wartime Camps Museum, Tatura

Handmade Handsaew, wooden handle , metal blade serrated edge.

Historical information

Made by internee at tatura camp 3. part of a collection of handtools used by internees.

Photograph - copy

Tatura Irrigation & Wartime Camps Museum, Tatura

Copy of black and white photograph of pre fabricated huts in fenced off area. Sentry box and guard near gate in foreground, trees in background.

Historical information

Copy of black and white photograph of early stage of Camp 13.

Book - Wenn es Fchneit

Tatura Irrigation & Wartime Camps Museum, Tatura

Faded blue soft cardboard cover. Snow scene and 1944-45, on the front cover. Book has been handstitched to cover

Historical information

Illustrated book of poems and drawings by Alfons Koenig, an internee in Camp 3

Inscriptions & Markings

Rudolf Wied

Painting - Oil - Ludwig Winter painting

Tatura Irrigation & Wartime Camps Museum, Tatura

Oil painting in plain cream chamfered timber frame. Man in foreground with hut, high peimeter fencing and guard tower.

Historical information

Painted by former internee in Loveday camp, thought to be Ludwig Winter, and given to Mrs. Gillies. Winter, was interned from Persia, and on his release, obtained a position as Electrical Engineer at the Kyabram Cannery.

Inscriptions & Markings

Nil

Puppet - Red lady puppet

Tatura Irrigation & Wartime Camps Museum, Tatura

paper mache head ,face painted with water colours, pink headscarf held down with tacks, a red dress with long sleeves. No body or arms/legs.

Historical information

The puppets were made by German POW's in camp 13 and sent to internment camp 3 as gifts for the children at Christmas time.

Wood Tag

Tatura Irrigation & Wartime Camps Museum, Tatura

Oval shaped wooden tag with makings burnt into it. Middle marking appears to be "M". Small hole at one end

Historical information

Made by internee aged 7, for his sister's birthday, at Camp 3. Used a magnifying glass and the suns's rays to burn the imprint

Inscriptions & Markings

"M" and two scrolls

Book - A Starritt Family History

Tatura Irrigation & Wartime Camps Museum, Tatura

Tan linen finish cover. Cream letters Cream back cover.

Historical information

A record of Starrit family going back to 1864 and early origins in 16th Centure in Ireland and Australia

Photograph - Byrneside Tennis Club c.1930

Tatura Irrigation & Wartime Camps Museum, Tatura

Historical information

Byrneside Tennis Club c.1930

Photograph - 1955 Floods

Tatura Irrigation & Wartime Camps Museum, Tatura

Book - The Rural Science Series

Tatura Irrigation & Wartime Camps Museum, Tatura

Green cloth covered cardobard cover, black and red pattern and writing on the front cover.

Historical information

Descriptions of various farming and irrigation methods and drainage.

Photograph (4) - Camp 4

Tatura Irrigation & Wartime Camps Museum, Tatura

Photo 1. Mr. & Mrs. Duldig and Eva in front of their barracks, uncompleted sculpture in front.|Photo 2. Mr. Duldig and Eva.|Photo 3. Group of Camp 4 children.|Photo 4. Bronze bust of Captain Broughton, C.O of 8th. Employment Co.

Historical information

Photo 1. Mr. & Mrs. Duldig and Eva in front of their barracks, uncompleted sculpture in front.|Photo 2. Mr. Duldig and Eva.|Photo 3. Group of Camp 4 children.|Photo 4. Bronze bust of Captain Broughton, C.O of 8th. Employment Co.

Book - The Smith Bros. & The Stump Jump Plough

Tatura Irrigation & Wartime Camps Museum, Tatura

Grey cover, red lettering, white outline of plough

Historical information

Written to commemorate Centenary of stump jump plough, 1876-1976

Photograph

Tatura Irrigation & Wartime Camps Museum, Tatura

Black and white photograph of men inspecting Waranga Basin

Historical information

Waranga Basin was commenced in 1902

Inscriptions & Markings

on back - Waranga Basin

Booklet - A School on the Wide Red Plain

Tatura Irrigation & Wartime Camps Museum, Tatura

Small blue booklet, black writing and local district map showing Girgarre East,Tongala etc.

Historical information

Written for 100 year centenary of Girgarre East SS. Includes photos, teachers, pupils names. Includes loose leaf souvenir church programme of Tatura Presbyterian Church, reference to "Springvale" 75th Anniversary of Sunday School

Photograph

Tatura Irrigation & Wartime Camps Museum, Tatura

Black and white photograph of 6 stand and 4 seated POW's in front of hut they are in. Back row - Gerhard Zirkler, Kurt Zimmermann, Adolf Wilkie, Helmut Hempel, Siegfried Scheffzouk, Ludwig Gernoth. Front row - l-r - Manfred Mueller, Herbert Morr, Wolfgang Neugebauer and Gustav Pohlig.

Inscriptions & Markings

The number 171 centre front

Booklet - A School on the Wide Red Plain

Tatura Irrigation & Wartime Camps Museum, Tatura

Small booklet on history of above school covering 1876-1976

Historical information

Written for centenary of Girgarre East School. Includes shcool photos, list of teachers, maps, some local history

Folder - Recollections - Internees, POW, Garrison

Tatura Irrigation & Wartime Camps Museum, Tatura

Two ring binder.

Historical information

Consolidation of minor files. Recollections of life in and at the Camps. Some files have alternative Ref. No.

Inscriptions & Markings

Recollections - Internees, POW, Garrison

Book - The Butter Industry

Tatura Irrigation & Wartime Camps Museum, Tatura

Brown hard cover - gold print on spine. First edition inclues test notes and figures signed by V McKenzie

Historical information

Prepared for the use of creameries, dairy students and pure food departments. Obtained by Tatura Butter Factory and used therein

Inscriptions & Markings

EA Lockwood 1921

Photograph - Camp 3 Evangelical Lutheran Religious Instruction Class

Tatura Irrigation & Wartime Camps Museum, Tatura

Historical information

Camp 3 Evangelical Lutheran Religious Instruction Class.|New Guinea Missionaries.|Standing: Willi Flierl (N.G.); Theodore Stoll; Walter Mueller; Heinz Palmer; Wilhelm Stoll; Frieda Bergmann; Benno Glockemann; Eva Kotelmann; Hans-Erich Flierl; Mitzi Swoboda; Berta Krafft; Heinz Bulach; Hans Wagner (N.G.); Heinrich Bergmann.|Seated: Ruth Palmer; Agnes Bergmann; Gertrud Hermann; Magdalene Rubitschung.

Book - The Boy from Peterborough

Tatura Irrigation & Wartime Camps Museum, Tatura

Royal blue dust cover. Photo of Bill Ibbott on the front cover, gold lettering and border. Royal blue cardboard cover with gold lettering

Historical information

Written by his wife in appreciation of his love companionship and great times throughout courtship and marriage

Inscriptions & Markings

Many thanks,WW Ibbott 15.9.96

Video Tape. - HMAS Sydney and HSK Kormoran

Tatura Irrigation & Wartime Camps Museum, Tatura

Sony video tape E 180

Historical information

Documentary - Sydney, Kormoran, Voyager, etc.

Inscriptions & Markings

HMAS Sydney and HSK Kormoran

Archive Folder (grey) - German Raider HSK Kormoran

Tatura Irrigation & Wartime Camps Museum, Tatura

Grey archival folder containing photographs and documents in regard to HSK Kormoran and crew. (scanned)

Historical information

Information on HSK Kormoran and crew

Book - The Second Jungle Book

Tatura Irrigation & Wartime Camps Museum, Tatura

Hard deep blue cover. Gold lettering on spine. Indian symbol and elephant on front cover. This story "How Fear Came"

Historical information

Written for entertainment of readers. Characters names from book used as titles for leaders in Scout movement

Photograph - framed - Anglican Church and Vicarage

Tatura Irrigation & Wartime Camps Museum, Tatura

enlarged and framed photograph of Anglican Church c 1960. See L0758 Post card of Church c 1921 and Vicarage 1921; and L0599 Enlarged and framed picture of Church and Vicarage.

Inscriptions & Markings

All Saints

Photograph - original - Tatura Museum

Tatura Irrigation & Wartime Camps Museum, Tatura

Colour photograph of four members of Tatura & District Historical Society at first meeting. 1988. Interior meeting room.

Historical information

Photograph of Phil McTier, Arthur Knee, James Crawford and Jack Lowry.

Inscriptions & Markings

on back: P. McTier, A. Knee, J. Crawford and J. Lowry.

Photograph

Tatura Irrigation & Wartime Camps Museum, Tatura

Black and white photograph of 16 men standing, 3 in front seated, enjoying a coffee break, some Africa Corps.

Historical information

Camp 13.

Book - Rikai Means Understanding

Tatura Irrigation & Wartime Camps Museum, Tatura

White light card cover, black text, red Japanese characters. Photo of Cowra Japanese War Cemetery on the front. Photo of central monumet at the Japanese Was Cemetery, Cowra, on the back

Historical information

Written as a history and account of the Japanese War Cemetery at Cowra, NSW. List of names of deceased unidentified Japanese servicemen, internees, POW's and prisoners who died in the "breakout"

Document- Certificate - Adolf Lichtenstern

Tatura Irrigation & Wartime Camps Museum, Tatura

Large copy of diploma in German. Certificate awarded to Adolf Lichtenstern, 12th Sept 1921, on completion of his Electrical Engineers Course, Vienna, Austria.

Historical information

Adolf Lichtenstern completed an Electrical Engineering degree in Austria. He was a German citizen, and along with his wife (Eugenia) and child (Kenneth) was resident in Singapore upon the beginning of WWII. The family was transported to and interned in Camp 3, Tatura.