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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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Folio - Life in Australian Prison Camps.

Tatura Irrigation & Wartime Camps Museum, Tatura

Red open fronted folder with plastic sleeves containing 17 printed pages.

Historical information

Extract from book.

Inscriptions & Markings

Vittorio Tolaini.

Whisk

Tatura Irrigation & Wartime Camps Museum, Tatura

Handmade wire whisk with flat, metal handle

Historical information

Made by internee at Camp 3, Tatura and used by internees for food preparation

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

Painting

Tatura Irrigation & Wartime Camps Museum, Tatura

Pastel of Captain Stanley Llewllyn Seal in a Captain's uniform. Small moustache and pipe

Historical information

Painted by South African internee at Camp 13

Inscriptions & Markings

H Von Gruenwaldt

Folio - Hans Ernest Fleischer

Tatura Irrigation & Wartime Camps Museum, Tatura

Black plastic multi ringed folder with clear plastic sleeves containing personal records and photos.

Historical information

Prepared by Fleischer's daughter.

Photograph.

Tatura Irrigation & Wartime Camps Museum, Tatura

photo - Children's Pageant

Tatura Irrigation & Wartime Camps Museum, Tatura

L-R Back: Mary Mitchell, Mary Mulcahy, Maimie Mulcahy, Tessie Cowan, Alice Kilmartin.|L-R Seated: Chaffie Kennedy, Jean Kennedy.

Dress

Tatura Irrigation & Wartime Camps Museum, Tatura

Black crepe dress with sprays of yellow, beige, blue, orange flowers, drawstring at the neck

Historical information

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

Photograph

Tatura Irrigation & Wartime Camps Museum, Tatura

Historical information

Copied from "Prisoners of War & Metal Detecting by Gary Benson.

Document - Tatura Collage Columns Time Capsule Contents

Tatura Irrigation & Wartime Camps Museum, Tatura

Yellow Foolscap size envelope contains a list and map of the Tatura Collage Columns together with a list of the contents of the time capsules held in 9 of the columns.

Historical information

Envelope contains a list of the Tatura Collage Columns and Time Capsule Contents which were presented to The City of Greater Shepparton on Australia Day 26/1/2000

Inscriptions & Markings

"Time Capsule Contents" in top left hand corner of envelope|Tatura Collage Columns" "Lake Bartlett Walk" "Columns Park Walk" in centre of envelope|Australia Day 26th January 2000 AD - 2050 AD RSL 2025 along bottom edge of envelope| Australian flag sticker stuck in bottom left hand corner of envelope

Serviette Ring

Tatura Irrigation & Wartime Camps Museum, Tatura

Turned and polished wooden serviette ring

Historical information

Handmade by Internee at Camp 3 Tatura

Photographs

Tatura Irrigation & Wartime Camps Museum, Tatura

Historical information

Best of a selection of photos taken from the air by G. Lyon in April 2007.

Photograph

Tatura Irrigation & Wartime Camps Museum, Tatura

Historical information

Sketches by Hans Beck, Sydney based wool buyer, interned Bathurst Gaol and Camp 1.

Book - Valley of the Sky

Tatura Irrigation & Wartime Camps Museum, Tatura

Blue Book

Historical information

Angus MacMillan Pioneer of Gippsland and the Aborigines

Magazine - Dairy Week

Tatura Irrigation & Wartime Camps Museum, Tatura

Amusing sketch of cows and Tatura on map of Australia and Elderes advertisement on front cover. Elders Dairy Division ad and photo of Auctioneers on back cover

Historical information

International Dairy Week, Tatura is featured in this Supplement with the Weekly Times. Dairy Week began in 1990 with an idea from Brian Leslie and David Blackmore

Photograph

Tatura Irrigation & Wartime Camps Museum, Tatura

Dr McCarthy

Calendar - Wartime Images 1992

Tatura Irrigation & Wartime Camps Museum, Tatura

Sepia coloured cover with picture of planes flying over sea and land. Black printing. List of thanks and acknowledgements on the back cover along with a photo taken in 1939. Included one page titled "Regulations for Operation of Aircraft"

Historical information

Calendar for year 1992 featuring wartime scenes in the Northern Territory. WW2

Photographs

Tatura Irrigation & Wartime Camps Museum, Tatura

Coloured photos.

Photograph

Tatura Irrigation & Wartime Camps Museum, Tatura

Photo - Johnson's Newsagency Streetscape Looking West

Tatura Irrigation & Wartime Camps Museum, Tatura

Johnson's Newsagent & Stationer, streetscape of Hogan Street looking west. Solicitor's Chambers, CBA Bank. c1935.

Audio Tape.

Tatura Irrigation & Wartime Camps Museum, Tatura

Photograph.

Tatura Irrigation & Wartime Camps Museum, Tatura

Historical information

Original photo loaned to Museum.

Book - Scotland & Beyond

Tatura Irrigation & Wartime Camps Museum, Tatura

Cream cover, black writing, Scottish thistle emblem - Large on front, small on back. Synopsos of W Runciman C 1720 life on back cover.

Historical information

Written to record the history of William Runciman family, C 1720 - 30 June 2004 in Scotland and Australia and New Zealand. Containing comprehensive family trees and photographs.

Photo - Flanagan's Store 1912

Tatura Irrigation & Wartime Camps Museum, Tatura

Flanagan's Store; South east corner of Hogan and Ross Streets, 1912. Features horse-drawn cart, men and boys.

Brooch

Tatura Irrigation & Wartime Camps Museum, Tatura

Kangaroo brooch, circular, copper colour with wire pin fastener at back. Australia Penny 1940. Small raised star on left and raised impression of Kangaroo in flight.

Historical information

Made from an Australian penny, 1940, by Adolf Woolf at Camp 3

Photograph

Tatura Irrigation & Wartime Camps Museum, Tatura

Folder - Recollections of Early Tatura 1856-1904

Tatura Irrigation & Wartime Camps Museum, Tatura

Yellow cover, white label, printing of contents

Historical information

Includes CW Wilson family recollections 1856-1904 and Tatura family and business locations and by WN Wilson 1879

Razor Blade Sharpener

Tatura Irrigation & Wartime Camps Museum, Tatura

Mottled grey cardboard box containing a razor blade sharpener. (black rectangle base and stainless steel parts), 5 razor blades, 3 paper razor blade packets, 1 razor blade box, 1 folder of instructions (Allegro), 1 maroon rectangle pocket, 1 razor blade holder (Part of the sharpener), 3 "Star" razor blades, 1 "7 o'clock" razor blade, 1 "thin Gillette blade" razor blade.

Historical information

Razor blade sharpener was brought to Australia by Otto Lobert, a POW in Camp 3

Inscriptions & Markings

Allegro

Book - The Dunera Scandal

Tatura Irrigation & Wartime Camps Museum, Tatura

(1) Black hard cover book. Dust cover white with text in black and red. 2 strands of barb wire in a circle on the front cover and a smaller circle on the back cover|(2) Soft cover red, black and white cover with a picture of a man in a paddock on the front cover. Black and red text on cover and spine.| A brief history of the Dunera Boys on the back cover together with a photo of Syzy Wood from the television mini-series The Dunera Boys

Historical information

Cyril Pearl has pieced together the research for his probing analysis from reports of parliamentary debates in England and Australia, English newspapers and the diaries, letters and personal recollections of many of the victims of the "deplorable mistake"

Booklet - No Title

Tatura Irrigation & Wartime Camps Museum, Tatura

Beige booklet (no front cover) with red cover along spine and back. Chinese text

Historical information

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

Tea Warmer - Dolls

Tatura Irrigation & Wartime Camps Museum, Tatura

Red and white crocheted tea warmer. Red and white pompom

Historical information

Used by Internees at Camp 3

Glass

Tatura Irrigation & Wartime Camps Museum, Tatura

Glass with heavy base|Etched into glass:|Refreshment rooms SAR

Historical information

Object recovered at POW Camp 13 site

Inscriptions & Markings

Etched into glass:|Refreshment rooms SAR

Book - Leonhard Adam - From the Spree to the Yarra - Aquarelles: 1911-1955

Tatura Irrigation & Wartime Camps Museum, Tatura

Rectangular shaped book, covered with painting of "Undoolya" ( east of Alice Springs) on both font and back covers. 30 pages,, B/W photos. and paintings by the artist of Tatura camp3, Europe,Sydney and Melbourne,

Inscriptions & Markings

Acknowledgement: Mary - Clare Adam daughter of Leonhard Adam.

Book - Gefchichte der Deutfchen

Tatura Irrigation & Wartime Camps Museum, Tatura

Book - The Italian Farming Soldiers

Tatura Irrigation & Wartime Camps Museum, Tatura

Red hard cover. Map of Australiain green, white and red. italian POW's and camp scene and Italian farmers.

Historical information

Written to show role of Italian POW's as labour on farms from 1941-1947

photo - Cherie and Andrew Crawford c1980s

Tatura Irrigation & Wartime Camps Museum, Tatura

Councillors Cherie and Andrew Crawford c1980s.

Photograph

Tatura Irrigation & Wartime Camps Museum, Tatura

Belt - Macrame

Tatura Irrigation & Wartime Camps Museum, Tatura

Macrame belt in colours of dark blue, light blue, red and cream. Pointed one end. Metal buckle attached to belt with redddish brown button and red and cream loop. Macrame insert in centre of belt. Buckle made from a penny rejigged

Historical information

Handmade by POW's at Camp 3

Book - Register of Receipt Books

Tatura Irrigation & Wartime Camps Museum, Tatura

Black cover, thick cardboard, light brown suede leather spine and corners, red label, silver lettering

Historical information

Record of receipt books for Shire of Rodney Water Trust, Sewerage Authority, 1964-1988. 5 pages only

Document

Tatura Irrigation & Wartime Camps Museum, Tatura

Documents relating to Otto von Drehnen, previous Consul General of Austro-Hungary & prominent Adelaide businessman, interned in WWII. Black A3 folder containing newspaper articles, invitations, programmes, etc. from von Drehnen's term as Consul General & some biographical information. Also excerpts from Barbara Winter's book "The Most Dangerous Man in Australia?" in which he is mentioned.|Had to put broadsheet newspaper cartoon & two attached newspaper clippings in large plastic sleeve in map drawer. Wouldn't fit entirely in A3 folder.

Historical information

Otto von Drehnen was a prominent Adelaide citizen from the late 1800s, a successful businessman. He was elected President of the Deutsche Club & appointed the Consul General for Austro-Hungary. He was subsequently interned in Camp 1.

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

Folio - Leonhard Adams.

Tatura Irrigation & Wartime Camps Museum, Tatura

Black 4 ring binder containing printed material and photographs in plastic sleeves.

Historical information

Material mostly donated by Mary-Clare Adam.

Photograph - Camp 2 sketch by Fred Lowenstein.

Tatura Irrigation & Wartime Camps Museum, Tatura

Photographic copy of a water colour painting of internment camp huts with timber posts in foreground.

Historical information

Photograph of painting by Fred \Lowenstein in the possession of Fred Lowen at his death.

Inscriptions & Markings

Nil

Legging

Tatura Irrigation & Wartime Camps Museum, Tatura

Pair of canvas leggings with leathrer trim. Leather straps and metal buckles top and bottom

Historical information

Item of issue by AustralianArmy WW2

Inscriptions & Markings

V X 81655

Magazine - POW WOW

Tatura Irrigation & Wartime Camps Museum, Tatura

Two soft covered magazines consisting of eighteen pages of articles and sketches. (1) Fawn colored cover with red barbwire squares and a soldier in a slouch hat and army huts in the background, red and black printing on the front cover and an advertisement for Foster's Lager on the back cover. (2) Fawn cover with green barbwire squares and a soldier in a slouch hat and army huts in the background, green nd black printing on the front cover. An advertisement for Foster's Lager on the back cover.

Historical information

Two magazines donated by Don Mc Pherson of McPherson Newspapers.|Sketches of Army Officers. eg. Colonel Tackaberry and Quarter Master Ted Scates

Kookaburra - bone

Tatura Irrigation & Wartime Camps Museum, Tatura

Handcarved bone kookaburra mounted on a block of polished wood

Historical information

Made by internee at Camp 3, Tatura

Folio - Chronicle of the German Internment Camps in Australia, Part 2.

Tatura Irrigation & Wartime Camps Museum, Tatura

Red plastic two ring folder containing 23 photocopied type written sheets.

Historical information

The original document was written by two German internees from Camp 1, and was found left in the London Club Hotel, Sydney. The document was handed in to the authorities where it was translated and copies forwarded to all Australian Army Commands

Photograph

Tatura Irrigation & Wartime Camps Museum, Tatura

Vest

Tatura Irrigation & Wartime Camps Museum, Tatura

Dark brown low scooped neckline vest (sleeveless), belt sown into front darts and goes around the back. Stitched at centre back. Fastened at front with 6 handmade wooden buttons, 2 small buttons on inside. Lined with poplin

Historical information

Vest made by Helene Hoefer. Wooden buttons made by Rudolf Hoefer

Fruit Bowl

Tatura Irrigation & Wartime Camps Museum, Tatura

Wooden fruit bowl- turned- standing on a stumpy base. Inside cntre of bowl is an insert made from bone and inscribed "SOM". The word "Tatura is carved into the centre piece of the bowl.

Historical information

Given to the donor's parents while interned in Camp 3A