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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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5319 items

5319 items

Book - The Dunera Affair- Resource Book

Tatura Irrigation & Wartime Camps Museum, Tatura

Book - Closer Settlement Days

Tatura Irrigation & Wartime Camps Museum, Tatura

White plastic front cover. Black spine and backcover. Black letters title CS Days in the Goulburn Valley by Agnes Mary Brown (Nessie)

Historical information

Story of three Scottish imigrant families - Geals, Stark, Forbes. Arrived in Australia 1924

Photograph

Tatura Irrigation & Wartime Camps Museum, Tatura

Bowling c.1920

Video - Templers in Australia 50th Anniversary. Tatura 1991

Tatura Irrigation & Wartime Camps Museum, Tatura

Black video tape inside a white plastic case. Blue text 3 hours 45 mins.

Historical information

A VHS tape recording the 50th Anniversary of Templers in Australia at Tatura 1991

Cards - Playing

Tatura Irrigation & Wartime Camps Museum, Tatura

Pack of 32 playing cards with green criss-crossing pattern on pack and coloured pictures and numbers on face. Cntained in card packet with a tuck-in flap. Green pattern/design

Historical information

Supplied by the German Red Cross and used by internees in Camp 3, Tatura

Inscriptions & Markings

32 blatt NP 620 Other labelling in Old German Script

Brooch

Tatura Irrigation & Wartime Camps Museum, Tatura

10 metal (brass) flutes attached to a round metal back with a clasp attached. 17 small flowers, some painted and a few green leaves between the flowers

Historical information

Part of a collection of clothes and accessories for puppets on loan from Beinssen family

Iron

Tatura Irrigation & Wartime Camps Museum, Tatura

Black flat iron with shaped handle

Historical information

Used at Camp 13, Italian compound, Murchison. Recovered from there in 1989. Iron would have been heated before use on a wood fired stove top/hot plate

Photograph - Back to School 1932

Tatura Irrigation & Wartime Camps Museum, Tatura

1932 shot of local people, donor inscribed "Back to School 1932" on back of photo.

Recorder

Tatura Irrigation & Wartime Camps Museum, Tatura

Handmade dark brown polished recorder

Historical information

Made by internee and used by Helga Wied (Anderson) at Camp 3

Document - Personal recollections and rescue of Sgt. J.A.Ford. RAAF by the French Resistance

Tatura Irrigation & Wartime Camps Museum, Tatura

Blue folder with photocopied printed and handwritten material in plastic sleeves.

Historical information

Material collected by the Ford Family

Photograph - Memorial Stones

Tatura Irrigation & Wartime Camps Museum, Tatura

Black and white photograph of memorial stones, in church yard, Tatura. Exterior. Picture taken 1986

Historical information

Photograph of memorial stones, laid by Dr Reville, Catholic Bishop of Sandhurst, of first church and presbytery. 29 April 1888 and 27 April 1890. Stones are under trees in churchyard, Tatura.

Inscriptions & Markings

on back; memorial stones - laid by Right Rev. Dr. Reville, Coadjutor Bishop of Sandhurst, April 1888 and April 1890 and on stones.

Book - The Temple Society- A Brief Historical Introduction by D. Ruff.

Tatura Irrigation & Wartime Camps Museum, Tatura

Book - handcraft - Schachenmayr Lehrbuch Der Handarbeiten Aus Wolle

Tatura Irrigation & Wartime Camps Museum, Tatura

Appears to be a book of patterns for hand crafts using wool. Written totally in German. Yellow hard cover.

Inscriptions & Markings

Schachenmayr Lehrbuch Der Handarbeiten Aus Wolle A Stamp - N. Arnot POG 573 Jerusalem - Palestine

Book - Science - The Oric Science Book

Tatura Irrigation & Wartime Camps Museum, Tatura

Very faded pale blue "The Oric" exercise science book. E Schuster. 16a Anal geometric. Nov. 43. Graph pages and lined pages. 2 loose piece of paper inside

Historical information

Eberhard Schuster was a German woolbuyer interned in Camp 1, Tatura

Template - bag making

Tatura Irrigation & Wartime Camps Museum, Tatura

Cardboard template for bag making

Historical information

Used by internees at Camp 3 Tatura . Part of bag making kit

Inscriptions & Markings

K. Wied

Brooch

Tatura Irrigation & Wartime Camps Museum, Tatura

Pearl shell butterfly brooch with small bilt pin attached

Historical information

Made by internee in Camp 3, Tatura

Photograph

Tatura Irrigation & Wartime Camps Museum, Tatura

Medium sized black and white photograph. Murchison Camp 13 - P.O.W chapel on right, house left of centre, rock pool in foreground with concrete fountain

Historical information

Taken by photographer for State Rivers and Water Supply Commission.

Collection of Badges (7)

Tatura Irrigation & Wartime Camps Museum, Tatura

1. Police exhibition badge 2. Tatura Gardens 1929 3. Goulburn Valley F.B. Assn. Tatura demo 30-1-50 4. Hospital day 5. For Our Fighting Men 6. For Our Own - brown with yellow wattle 7. Eventide Homes 2"

Significance

Local history of Tatura. Local WW2 history.

Rucksack

Tatura Irrigation & Wartime Camps Museum, Tatura

Brown hide rucksack , made of leather, canvas and metal.|Inside of bag has straps which when secured form pockets.|Outside has shoulder straps and two straps for closing rucksack.|2 hooks also attached. Belt - brown leather 38 punched holes. metal buckle; Strap - brown leather. 30 punched holes, 2 metal buckles; Strap - brown leather, 13 punched holes, metal buckle.

Historical information

Rucksack made in Germany and used by internee in Camp 1 Tatura during WW2

Inscriptions & Markings

on centre front top between straps: G Aberle

DVD - Vienna Boys Choir. 3 Mins.

Tatura Irrigation & Wartime Camps Museum, Tatura

Buff coloured disc. TDK in white text. Black hand printing. Inside a clear and black plastic cover.

Historical information

Recorded from a TV programme

Book - African Trilogy

Tatura Irrigation & Wartime Camps Museum, Tatura

Yellow soft cover book with photo of tanks on the front and back covers

Historical information

Contains well known stories of the North African campaign of 1939- 1943

Document - Collegium Taturense

Tatura Irrigation & Wartime Camps Museum, Tatura

Black plastic A4 side bound in white, containing plastic sleeves and photocopied material.

Historical information

Copied from Melbourne University archives.

Inscriptions & Markings

Collegium Taturense.

Booklet - Modern Ethnological jurisprudence in Theory and Practice

Tatura Irrigation & Wartime Camps Museum, Tatura

Dark green card cover with lighter green spine. English text

Historical information

Dr. Leonhard Adam studied both anthropology and jurisdiction as a young man

Booklet - Visitors Guide. German Lutheran Trinity Church

Tatura Irrigation & Wartime Camps Museum, Tatura

White soft cover booklet with picture of a church on the front in black. Black text.

Historical information

Visitor's guide recording history of the German Lutheran Church in Victoria and describing points of interest within the church

Folder - Water Conference and Deputation to the Premier 1885

Tatura Irrigation & Wartime Camps Museum, Tatura

Large black folder containing submissions to the Premier, Mr. Service, requesting funds to build water storages

Historical information

Water conference and deputation to the Premier asking to assist the Goulburn Valley to construct a weir

Document - All Locked Up And Nowhere To Go

Tatura Irrigation & Wartime Camps Museum, Tatura

Black plastic multi ring folder with clear plastic front. A comparative study of children in wartime internment camps and present day immigration detention centres in Australia. 74 pages of double spaced tying. Story and photographs.

Historical information

Written as a thesis for a tertiary qualification.

Inscriptions & Markings

All Locked up and Nowhere to Go A comparative study of children in wartime internment camps and present day immigration detention centres in Australia by Claire Thomas

Book - Minute Book

Tatura Irrigation & Wartime Camps Museum, Tatura

Red cover, black and white writing. Collins A 60 Series account book used as a Minute Book. Collins series information on back

Historical information

Minutes of Apex meetings 1992-1994

Photograph

Tatura Irrigation & Wartime Camps Museum, Tatura

Coloured photograph. In foreground there is a large, flat, low, rectangle of concrete. To the left of this concrete is a smaller rectangle of concrete. In centre of photograph is an open grassed area flanked by trees.

Historical information

The open grassed area is the remains of the football ground constructed at Camp 1.

Document - Seefeld Letters & Documents

Tatura Irrigation & Wartime Camps Museum, Tatura

Blue plastic 3 ringed binder

Historical information

Includes collection of correspondence and files between Garry (Gerhard) Seefeld and the Australian Authorities, regarding the Jewish Refugees, Singapore Group and his family's continued internment in Tatura. Included are secret reports as to why Garry and family continued to be interned after all other family members had been released. All the above information was made available from the National Archives, Canberra and forwarded to Loretta Forsey (daughter of Gerhard Seefeld) by Keith Forsey in 2001.|Files date from 25 February, 1942 to 3 December 1942.

Photograph - Victory Hall & Mechanics Institute

Tatura Irrigation & Wartime Camps Museum, Tatura

Black and white copy of photograph of exterior of Victory Hall and Mechanics Institute, Tatura. Austin A40 car in front.

Historical information

Photograph of decorations on Victory Hall and Mechanics Institute, Hogan Street, Tatura for Royal visit 1954

Inscriptions & Markings

on back: Royal Visit 1954