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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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5335 items

5335 items

CD - Camps Account L. Knee 27 January 2002 ABC

Tatura Irrigation & Wartime Camps Museum, Tatura

Silver coloured disc. Black and silver text. Clear and black cd case.

Historical information

Interview given to the ABC by L. Knee about the history of the war camps. 27 January 2002

Photograph - Japanese Internees

Tatura Irrigation & Wartime Camps Museum, Tatura

Historical information

Japanese Internees transferred from Camp 4 to Camp 3.

Folder - survey maps

Tatura Irrigation & Wartime Camps Museum, Tatura

Blue back clear plastic folder containing maps of No 14 camp and documents on Loveday Camp.

Historical information

Maps of no 14 A, B, C and D internment camps and documents on Loveday Camp, South Australia. Donated by Gerhard Meinke concerning Loveday Camp. Brief outline of camps life, release and repatriation, list of deaths, of POW's and internees.

Book - Internees from Iran held in Australia During WW2

Tatura Irrigation & Wartime Camps Museum, Tatura

Clear plastic cover with title on 1st page. 131 pages data and statistics of the German and other nationals apprehended in Iran in 1941 and interned in Australia during WW2

Historical information

List of Germans and Austrians interned in Persia and brought to Loveday and Camp 1. Includes place of capture and release, occupation and spouse detail. Document prepared by Gerhard Meinke, son of Internee Albert Meinke. Gerhard and his mother were transported over land back to Germany when Albert was interned.

Document - Twenty newspaper and other extracts

Tatura Irrigation & Wartime Camps Museum, Tatura

Historical information

Twenty newspaper and other extracts. Photograph 1 & 2. Newspaper articles on interview Archie Wilson with Tom Nevett. Various newspaper articles on John West, rate book information. Photograph 14. Log hut on J. D. Love's property. Photograph 15. Log and other early fencing.

Wood Plane

Tatura Irrigation & Wartime Camps Museum, Tatura

Handmade dark brown solid wood, polished plane with metal cuting plate and stud

Historical information

Made by internee at Camp3, Tatura and used there as a carpentry handtool

Booklet - Historical Society Annual Report and Financial Statements - June 1995

Tatura Irrigation & Wartime Camps Museum, Tatura

Blue cover with Historical Society logo in black

Historical information

Historical Society Report of the 86th Annual Meeting, 1994-1995

Photograph

Tatura Irrigation & Wartime Camps Museum, Tatura

Black and white photograph of 2 lines of steel posts in front of a line of wooden posts, then carpenters "horse" then Army huts, trees. Some buildings in course of construction.

Historical information

Construction work in camp 13

Booklet - Family and Local History Sources in Victoria

Tatura Irrigation & Wartime Camps Museum, Tatura

Orange cover, black writing. Information from Custodians of Records 1985.

Historical information

Booklet published to help give information on where to find family records and gain access to them.

Small booklet - We're Not Giving up Our Monday Nights

Tatura Irrigation & Wartime Camps Museum, Tatura

Time line and member list written for 20th birthday with relevent info. included.

Historical information

Written into the book are descriptions of the numerous activities, and civic contributions of BPW-

Folder - Family Histories

Tatura Irrigation & Wartime Camps Museum, Tatura

Pink plastic folder.

Historical information

Collection of family histories : Coiles, Poole, Patterson, Davies, Brady, Small, McGill, Brown, Anderson, Passenger list "Star of England", McCartney

Photograph - HMAS "Sydney"

Tatura Irrigation & Wartime Camps Museum, Tatura

Historical information

Photograph of HMAS "Sydney" copied from book.

Book - Fruit & Irrigation

Tatura Irrigation & Wartime Camps Museum, Tatura

Green cover, man working in citrus orchard on front, man and Dethridge wheel on back.

Historical information

History of fruit and irrigation. Australian Industries Series No. 12

Album - Photo

Tatura Irrigation & Wartime Camps Museum, Tatura

Silver and black photo album, flower logo.

Historical information

Very early photographs of construction of Goulburn Weir, Waranga Basin and channels. Post card of Waranga Basin Quarry

sketch

Tatura Irrigation & Wartime Camps Museum, Tatura

Laminated pencil sketch of Camp3 in plastic frame shows 3 huts, grounds/ garden & trees.

Historical information

Handdrawn by internee at Camp 3 Tatura

Inscriptions & Markings

Glunkler 1942. Tatura Australian Camp 3. B Lager Hutte 8

Photographs of sketches - sketches of life on Dunera

Tatura Irrigation & Wartime Camps Museum, Tatura

Riding Crop

Tatura Irrigation & Wartime Camps Museum, Tatura

Dark brown wooden crop or swagger stick with a wooden knob on one end and a horse hair plume attached with cord to the other end. Fine cord attached to knob end with a loop for hanging.

Historical information

Made by a German Prisoner of War in Camp 13 (Murchison) and given to a member of the garrison, R. E. O'Hara. Internees / POW's made many items from largely scrap material during their time in the camps.

Significance

This item holds historical and cultural significance as an example of the ingenuity of internees & how many occupied their time in camps, shaping the cultural and creative life of those in the camps. Also a possible indicator of relationship between garrison and internees.

Painting - Watercolour - Toorak Road, South Yarra

Tatura Irrigation & Wartime Camps Museum, Tatura

Photo album - The Dirty Thirteen

Tatura Irrigation & Wartime Camps Museum, Tatura

Mottled black, grey, orange hard cover photo album with linen like material at one edge of RHCH cover. Loose pages and cover held together with dark brown cord.

Historical information

Collection of photos taken by Ern Cassidy during war service as a member of the dirty thirteen in WW2.

Photograph - Grading the fruit

Tatura Irrigation & Wartime Camps Museum, Tatura

Black and white photograph of 2 girls hand grading and packing fruit, Merrigum 1919.

Historical information

One of a series of copied photographs depicting life on an orchard in 1910. Originals owned by Mrs Nancy Tyson, Merrigum, a local historian.

Inscriptions & Markings

on back: hand grading and packing fruit, orchard, Merrigum (information taped to back).

Photograph - Frank Williams

Tatura Irrigation & Wartime Camps Museum, Tatura

3 photos

Historical information

Frank Williams family photos.|Photo 1. Frank Williams.|Photo 2. Frank Williams jnr.|Photo 3. Frank Williams jnr.|Photo 4. Tatura Fire Brigade c.1930, Frank Williams right.

Book - The Story of the Beilharz Family

Tatura Irrigation & Wartime Camps Museum, Tatura

Beige hard cover book. Gold text front cover and along the spine. Yellow dust cover with map of Germany on the front cover and Palestine on the back cover

Historical information

The story of a family of Black Forest farmers and trades people, from the 15th to the 20th Century in Germany, Palestine and Australia

Inscriptions & Markings

Presented to this Museum by Mr. HW Beilharz, Bellvue Hill, NSW 1989

Jewellery Box.

Tatura Irrigation & Wartime Camps Museum, Tatura

Flat circular jewellery box with unattached lid. Centre of lid has shinbone polished, approx. 2 cms. diameter with initials "AF" (Anne Fuchs) engraved. Polished wood and turned.

Historical information

Given to Ann Fuchs while in Camp 3A.

Inscriptions & Markings

"AF"

Furniture, Dolls

Tatura Irrigation & Wartime Camps Museum, Tatura

9 parts of handmade furniture, handpainted, mainly floral designs in colours - red, blue, yellow, green and white. All parts fit together into a small package

Historical information

Made in Camp 3 by Mr. Alfons Koenig. Little presents such as these were made by POW's and supplied through the Red Cross presumably.

Bag - Calico

Tatura Irrigation & Wartime Camps Museum, Tatura

Calico bag "Gold Crest", Snowwhite". RM Gow Co. Pty. Ltd., Brisbane imprinted on bag

Historical information

Used by internees at Camp 3

Booklet - Hiking from the Australian Jamboree

Tatura Irrigation & Wartime Camps Museum, Tatura

Small brown covered booklet, black writing. Sketch of Scout in hiking gear on front. Scout Emblem and kangaroo, Australian Jamboree, Frankston, Vic 1935 on back cover.

Historical information

Souvenir booklet printed for 1935 Frankston Jamboree. A hike to Gilwell Park, Gembrook. Booklet contains fold out maps of hiking areas. Also early aboriginal history of Victoria and in 1837, when John Gardiner occupied Mooroolbark sheep station.

Photograph - Presbyterian Girls Fellowship c1930s

Tatura Irrigation & Wartime Camps Museum, Tatura

Presbyterian Girls Fellowship, late 1930s.|Back row standing: Win Leckie; Jean Gibb; Wilga Ough; Marj Collins; Hilda Conley; Audrey Maxwell; Dorothy Layton.|Seated: Jean Duke; Mavis Dixon; Ruth Collins (school teacher); Mrs Shaw (Presbyterian Minister's wife); Isabel Maskell; Phyl Bunnett.|On floor: Val Ough; Joan Chalmers; Roma O'Brien. Four copies, held together.

Photograph - Camp 3 school class

Tatura Irrigation & Wartime Camps Museum, Tatura

Historical information

Camp 3 school class- photo 834.

Photograph - Railway Station c1910

Tatura Irrigation & Wartime Camps Museum, Tatura

Tatura Railway Station c1910, with steam engine approaching, people waiting on platform; advertising signs on platform

Badge

Tatura Irrigation & Wartime Camps Museum, Tatura

Brass badge depicting crown,sun and an anchor in a diamond shape. Spring like clip on the back.

Historical information

Former possession of local WW2 Ex RAAF serviceman. Flight Lieutenent Ren Smith.

Inscriptions & Markings

Returned from active service on the back "Issued by the Commonwealth Government 94347"