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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.

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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5335 items

5335 items

Darning Mushroom

Tatura Irrigation & Wartime Camps Museum, Tatura

Darning mushroom made from turned wood and polished. Comes with a sewing box. (see C0219).

Historical information

Made by internee at Compound A Camp 3 Tatura Victoria

Cartridge

Tatura Irrigation & Wartime Camps Museum, Tatura

1 cartridge, brass base and part of cylinder cardboard remainder of cylinder with inside sight hole. unloaded.

Historical information

Found at POW camp 13 post war by war time guard. Contained in a gold coloured material covered display box.

Photograph - 1955 Tatura Floods

Tatura Irrigation & Wartime Camps Museum, Tatura

Historical information

In 1955 Ross Street North had to be cut to allow flood waters to relieve the flooding of the Tatura Township. The Midland Highway west of the Tatura Undera Road was cut by flood waters.

Book - Stand Easy

Tatura Irrigation & Wartime Camps Museum, Tatura

Green cover hard cover book. Paler green text. Very worn dust cover inside front cover.

Historical information

Surrender of Japanese. Order of the Day written by General Sir Thomas Blamey, Commander-in Chief 15th August, 1945

Book - Register of Lands

Tatura Irrigation & Wartime Camps Museum, Tatura

Blue cover, black writing on front. Beige cloth spine. Irrigation season 1952-1953

Historical information

List of names of farmers in Rodney Irrigation & Water Supply District and their apportioned Water Rights 1952-1953

Photograph - original - Tatura Museum

Tatura Irrigation & Wartime Camps Museum, Tatura

Colour photograph of exterior of Tatura Museum. 1988.

Historical information

Photograph of east wall of Tatura Museum. New spouting, wall painted, lacework restored.

Inscriptions & Markings

on back: Museum Restoration

Magazine - Digger

Tatura Irrigation & Wartime Camps Museum, Tatura

Magazine containing families and friends of the first AIF. Fawn coloured cover with group photo.

Historical information

Magazine of families and friends of the first AIF inc March 2007, Group photos including stories from soldiers, profiles.

Document - "Dem Tagebuch".

Tatura Irrigation & Wartime Camps Museum, Tatura

Grey cardboard covers with red binding secured by cream plastic string, containing paper pages with hand written notes, mostly in German. Scrap book made and bound in Camp 1 with diary entries written fromOctober 1945 to 20.01.1946, by Dr. Neumann during his internment in Camp 1, Tatura.

Historical information

Made in Camp 1, Tatura to contain type written diary by Dr. Neumann, who, from Germany, had been appointed lecturer at Sydney University c.1937, until interned in 1939. This item remained in the possession of his daughter Ingrid until she brought it and presented to the Museum.

Inscriptions & Markings

October 1945 (inside)

Photograph - original - Dhurringile Stables 1990

Tatura Irrigation & Wartime Camps Museum, Tatura

Colour photograph of Historical Society regional members inspecting Dhurringile Prison farm annexe, former stables. Members from Numerkah, Nathalia, Shepparton, Rochester, Echuca and Tatura. 1990.

Historical information

Dhurringile Mansion was built in 1877. Also outbuildings, 3 wings around a large rectangle garden. A gracious arch passes through the east wing. North was occupied by Mr and Mrs J. Lowry, south was used for hay. Restoration has been carried out. Now used y prison officers.

Inscriptions & Markings

on back: stables Dhurringile 1990

Cake Tin

Tatura Irrigation & Wartime Camps Museum, Tatura

Large round cake tin. Spring form type with spring clip on the side

Historical information

Used by internees at Camp 3

Photograph - copy - Tatura Scouts 1925/1928

Tatura Irrigation & Wartime Camps Museum, Tatura

Black and white photograph of Tatura Scout group 1925 or 1928. Consisting of 14 males. Front row seated or kneeling and back row is standing.

Historical information

Copy of photograph of early Tatura Scout Group. Few names known. The scout hall that the picture was taken in was located near Lake Bartlett.

Inscriptions & Markings

on back: Tatura Scout Group 1925 or 1928. Ken Williams (middle back row), Frank Williams - 3rd front right front row

Book - Denen,Die uns Vorangegangen sino, zum Gedenken (German Cemetries Haifa, Jerusalem)

Tatura Irrigation & Wartime Camps Museum, Tatura

Green soft covered book

Historical information

Haifa & Jerusalem Cemetries

Booklet - Criminal Law and Procedure in Nepal a Century Ago: Notes left by Brian H Hodgson

Tatura Irrigation & Wartime Camps Museum, Tatura

Soft card beige coloured booklet with black printing on the front. Reprinted from Vol IX February, 1950, No. 2. "The Far Eastern Quarterly"

Historical information

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

Booklet - Victorian Tales

Tatura Irrigation & Wartime Camps Museum, Tatura

Small booklet, black cover, white writing. Photo of 2001 award winner

Historical information

Wide selection of stories of Victorian History from annual Victorian Communiity History Awards

Booklet - Shipwrecks - diving into history

Tatura Irrigation & Wartime Camps Museum, Tatura

White paper cover, black and white picture of 2 sailors looking through binoculars on the front.

Historical information

Shipwrecks club founded in 1999. This is the final issue - No 25 spring 2006.

Book - The Bauhauslegacy

Tatura Irrigation & Wartime Camps Museum, Tatura

Cram covered soft cover book, liht and dark grey text, watercolour, calsomine and tempera on cardboard

Historical information

Works designed, inspired or created by Ludwig Hirschfield Mack, Ex Dunera, Art Master at Geelong Grammar School, Corio 1942-1957

Photograph - Dhurringile POW Class

Tatura Irrigation & Wartime Camps Museum, Tatura

Sketches forwarded by email.

Historical information

Sketches emailed to Museum by Stefan Eberhard, son of the artist. Photo 1. Colour sketch of German POW. Lieut. Fritz Eberhard.| Photo 2. Colour sketch by Eberhard of an educational class in Dhurringile POW Camp conducted by von Baudissin.

Book - Exodus. Ernst Wolf's story

Tatura Irrigation & Wartime Camps Museum, Tatura

68 pages, B&W and colour photos. Soft cover with a map of Germany superimposed on cover. Map of Victoria superimposed on back cover.

Historical information

Author Ernst Wolf was an internee who arrived in Australia aboard the Dunera.

Inscriptions & Markings

Celebrating the 90th birthday of Ernst Wolfe, December 30th, 2011, and for the Wolfe family everywhere

Book - The Goulburn Weir

Tatura Irrigation & Wartime Camps Museum, Tatura

Card covered with marbled paper. Leather spine. Title as a label in centre position

Historical information

Giving information re engineering undertaken during construction of weir, plus cross sections of work related to production

Inscriptions & Markings

SM Hawkins esq. per M Nally. 21.5.1896

Audio Tape. - SBS German

Tatura Irrigation & Wartime Camps Museum, Tatura

Audio tape Super EF90

Historical information

SBS Radio. German language presenter, Geroa Louch "German Heritage in Australia" See also reg. C2022

Inscriptions & Markings

SBS German 1 March 1995, 8 March 1995 and 15 March 1995

Photograph

Tatura Irrigation & Wartime Camps Museum, Tatura

black & white photograph of Dr & Mrs Stuerzenhofecker & family of 5 children in front of garden with the number 840 left centre front

Historical information

WW2 internment camp 3 Templer families. Donor Anneliese Beilharz

Inscriptions & Markings

840

Boots - Army

Tatura Irrigation & Wartime Camps Museum, Tatura

WW2 Australian Army snipers boots used in New Guinea. Tan leather with metal stops.

Historical information

Issued by Australian Army for use in New Guinea during WW2 by snipers. Worn by a local Tatura man.

Inscriptions & Markings

6/4 on sole

D.V.D (2 discs) - The History of the Royal Australian Navy

Tatura Irrigation & Wartime Camps Museum, Tatura

Volume 1 1778 - 1918 Volume 2 1919 - 1945 Plastic sleeves, with naval pictures on cover.

Historical information

Vol 1 - Episode 1 1788 -1918 Genesis Episode 2 - In all Respects Ready Vol 2 - 1919 - 1945 - Episode 1 - Between two wars, Episode 2 - The world ablaze, Episode 3 - Banzai

Booklet - The Australian National Flag

Tatura Irrigation & Wartime Camps Museum, Tatura

Pale blue background cover as above, flag in centre

Historical information

Written to give information about Australian flag history of flag, includes spectifications of Australian National flag and red ensign

Newspaper Article - Lessons From Primitive Art

Tatura Irrigation & Wartime Camps Museum, Tatura

Newspaper article from the "Argus" Wed. 12.1941

Historical information

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

Box - plastic

Tatura Irrigation & Wartime Camps Museum, Tatura

Square red plastic box/container with lid, containing solid whitish substance, possibly tooth paste powder.

Historical information

Used by Internee Camp 3 Victoria.

Inscriptions & Markings

Rosodowt.Maker details underneath in German

Folder - Sketches of Irrigation Channels and Structures

Tatura Irrigation & Wartime Camps Museum, Tatura

Red Jacket. Black Binder. Plastic Sleeves. Pencil sketches - several coloured. 2 Fishing sotries. - one story 1 1/2 a4 typed pages, one 2 a4 pages. Structures are of early wooden era. One sketch of "Karlsrune" Lancaster. 23 Pages.

Photograph - Jim Reilly

Tatura Irrigation & Wartime Camps Museum, Tatura

The Life and Times of Jim Reilly

rolling pin

Tatura Irrigation & Wartime Camps Museum, Tatura

handmade wooden rolling pin, wooden handle both ends attached to a central pivotal shaft

Historical information

handmade and used by internees in camp 3

Book - The Wheel of Time

Tatura Irrigation & Wartime Camps Museum, Tatura

Pale blue linen like hard cover, white dust cover. Bluewhite religious logo. Title in blue writing.

Historical information

A brief survey of the 96 years work of the Sisters of Mercy in Victoria 1857-1953. Includes a chaper on their arrival in Tatura in 1899