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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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5294 items

5294 items

Book - A Town at War

Tatura Irrigation & Wartime Camps Museum, Tatura

Black and cream coloured soft cover. Features Japanese Soldier's "Good Luck" flag and Japanese prisoners at the Weir family property on the front cover. Japanese War Cemetery at Cowra on a white and cream coloured back cover

Historical information

Written by Graham Apthorpe after his fascination with WW2 military history. The book reveals for the first time many new stories from WW2. The Cowra story from WW2 is a bitter-sweet one and this book adds considerably to our understanding of this special place in our nations history

Inscriptions & Markings

Graham Apthorpe

Photographs - Kropf Visit

Tatura Irrigation & Wartime Camps Museum, Tatura

Photos taken on digital camera- no hard copies.

Historical information

Visit of Ernst Kropf (Persian Group) to Camp 1 in 2005.|1. Kropf and daughter at the "milk bar".|2.Kropf performing on Camp 1 stage.|3.Kropf at the bowling alley.|4.and 5.On the site of his bunk in his hut|6, 7 & 8 at work at the Museum.

Photograph - Weiting

Tatura Irrigation & Wartime Camps Museum, Tatura

Photograph - Flanagan

Tatura Irrigation & Wartime Camps Museum, Tatura

Folder - Records of Heinrich Cordes

Tatura Irrigation & Wartime Camps Museum, Tatura

Contained in coloured folder "C" on spine in plastic sleeves.

Historical information

Photocopies of records and photos of craft work carried out by Heinrich Cordes while in Camp 1.

Photograph - Camp 3 in course of construction

Tatura Irrigation & Wartime Camps Museum, Tatura

B&W photo of Camp 3 in course of construction. The traditional gates, huts and electric power line on left with arc light between electric line post and gum tree

Significance

History of the construction of camp 3

Sketch - Watercolour - Jake Pesclitte from Berlin

Tatura Irrigation & Wartime Camps Museum, Tatura

Watercolour sketch of man in red trousers, white hat and apron

Historical information

Artist Georg Rosenkranz, crewman aboard the HSK Kormoran, painted this while at Graytown Prisoner of War Camp.

Inscriptions & Markings

Jake Pesclitte from Berlin

Dolls tea pot warmer

Tatura Irrigation & Wartime Camps Museum, Tatura

Red and white crocheted tea warmer. Red and white pompom

Historical information

Used by Internees at Camp 3

Bottle Opener

Tatura Irrigation & Wartime Camps Museum, Tatura

Very large metal bottle opener meant only as souvenir. Given to Shire of Rodney as memento.

Historical information

Given as memento following major works equipment purchased from them.

Inscriptions & Markings

With compliments from TUTT-BRYANT largest supplier of construction Equipment in Australia.

Photograph

Tatura Irrigation & Wartime Camps Museum, Tatura

Colour photograph of a painting of the Hilfs Kruezer "Kormoran" German raider battle with HMAS Sydney. Both ships sank in the Indian Ocean December 1941. The original is owned by Mrs Margaret Shannon (nee Oliver) of Katamatite, Victoria

Historical information

Original painting by Geo Rosenkranz

Booklet - Primitive Art Exhibition

Tatura Irrigation & Wartime Camps Museum, Tatura

Soft cream coloured cover with black and red writing. 8 pages of photographs.

Historical information

Dr. Leonhard Adam studied both Anthropology and Jurisdiction as a young man. Dr. Leonhard Adam's daughter, Mary Clare Adam Murvitz, presented this collection of her Father's printed archival material to Tatura Museum on 17.2.2006. In 1934 he fled from Germany seeking refuge in England. In 1940 he was interned as a security risk in England, sent to Australia in June, 1940. Interned in Camp 2 until 1942, released to Melbourne University where he catalogued aboriginal artefacts.

Photograph - Goulburn Weir

Tatura Irrigation & Wartime Camps Museum, Tatura

Medium sized black and white photograph. Newly completed diversion channel and weir looking north. Brick control building and two men on right - trees foreground and on East bank opposite

Historical information

Taken by photographer for State Rivers and Water Supply Commission.

Photograph

Tatura Irrigation & Wartime Camps Museum, Tatura

Black and white photograph of Matron Moore, Camp 1 hospital with a beautiful Japanese baby from Camp 4 (Trix ?)

Historical information

Matron Moore

Inscriptions & Markings

on the back 467 B

Photograph - Lieut. W.H. Thomas

Tatura Irrigation & Wartime Camps Museum, Tatura

Sepia coloured photo of the presentation.

Historical information

Laminated photograph of presentation to Lieut. W.H. Thomas on his resignation from the Australian Light Horse, 31.01.1910. Includes photos of Thomas; G.Crawford; D. Forsyth; E. Forsyth; E. O'Neill; A. Pagan; J. Barron; M.A. Robbins; W.A. MacTier; W. Cross; W. Ellis; A. Crawford; J Taylor; A.S. Bowie; T.C. Bowie; H. Brisbane; J.Taylor; J. Davis and J. Daunt.

Video Tape. - "When Friends Were Enemies"

Tatura Irrigation & Wartime Camps Museum, Tatura

Akai E180 video tape

Inscriptions & Markings

When Friends Were Enemies 26 April 1991

Book - Allison Bain

Tatura Irrigation & Wartime Camps Museum, Tatura

Red hardcover, decorated in black. Title in black on cover and in gold on spine

Historical information

Presented to James Martin as a Sunday School prize

Inscriptions & Markings

Presented to James Martin, Senior class, Methodist Sunday School, Tatura, May 1900

Photograph - State School 1925

Tatura Irrigation & Wartime Camps Museum, Tatura

Book - Treasures, Tragedies & Triumphs - the Batavia Coast

Tatura Irrigation & Wartime Camps Museum, Tatura

Painting - Oil

Tatura Irrigation & Wartime Camps Museum, Tatura

Painting of grave sites within the Tatura General Cemetery in stained wooden frame.

Historical information

Painting of internees' grave sites at the Tatura General Cemetery by Lotte Hoopmann and donated to the Museum by her. Oil painting of internees' grave sites at the Tatura General Cemetery prior to the establishment of the official German War Cemetery

Photograph - original - Tatura Museum Restoration

Tatura Irrigation & Wartime Camps Museum, Tatura

Colour photograph of exterior of Tatura Museum extention. 1991.

Historical information

New doors, constructed by B. Doller and back verandah of Tatura Museum

Inscriptions & Markings

on back:Museum door on new room. 1990-1991

Invitation - Sergeant Snow White

Tatura Irrigation & Wartime Camps Museum, Tatura

Invitation in booklet form with black & buff coloured illustration on front cover. Invitation details printed overleaf in black. Recipients name hand written in ink.

Historical information

Produced by the CO & officers of the 8th Aust Empl;oyment Co in which Bruno Simon served as a private. Invitation is the anniversary performance of "Sergeant Snow White" revue

Inscriptions & Markings

Pte B Simon

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

Dress - Puppet

Tatura Irrigation & Wartime Camps Museum, Tatura

Pink cotton dress overlaid with 3 tiered layers of lace from the bodice. Lace also on edges of neck and sleeves and large diamente on the front. Cardboard hands at ends of sleeves. Gathered at neck

Historical information

Part of a collections of dresses from puppets on loan from Beinssen family

Photograph - Camp 3 school class

Tatura Irrigation & Wartime Camps Museum, Tatura

Historical information

Camp 3 school class- photo 834.

Photograph - Rodney Shire Council 1926

Tatura Irrigation & Wartime Camps Museum, Tatura

Sepia photograph of the group.

Historical information

Rodney Shire Council 1926.|Back: ? ; ? ; Ted Davies; ? ; ? ; R.E. Pogue; ? ; ? ; T.J.E.Hastie; J.E. Hill (Press); G. Norton.|Front: W.T.A. Martin (assist. sec.); F. Sutcliffe (Eng.); J. Lilford; E.M. Little; R.E. (Ted) Doidge; Thos. Martin.

Lederhosen

Tatura Irrigation & Wartime Camps Museum, Tatura

Short trousers made of leather with braces attached. Pale green with dark green outline. Very ornamental leather strapping. Fancy buttons. Pattern on braces. Sheath on one side for knife. 2 pockets.

Historical information

Traditional clothing worn by Rudi Kuhnle.

Photograph - framed - Sydney Olympic Games 2000

Tatura Irrigation & Wartime Camps Museum, Tatura

A framed photograph of Tatura girl, Lee Naylor, training as a sprinter.

Historical information

The photograph was presented to Ducats and is signed "thank you Ducats, for all your support - Lee Naylor"

Inscriptions & Markings

"thank you Ducats, for all your support - Lee Naylor"

Booklet - Zwischen Kreuz und Monolith

Tatura Irrigation & Wartime Camps Museum, Tatura

Green cardboard cover booklet. Small sticker on the front with black printing. German text

Historical information

Dr Leonhard Adam studied both Anthropology and Jurisdiction as a young man

Book - State Rivers and Water Supply Commission Annual Reports 1955 - 60

Tatura Irrigation & Wartime Camps Museum, Tatura

Historical information

Old report from the State Rivers and Water Supply Commission

Sketch

Tatura Irrigation & Wartime Camps Museum, Tatura

Black and white pencil sketch of a bridge, Church Spire and building in Melbourne. Dated 17.8.43. A piece of tissue paper is attached to cover the sketch.

Historical information

Josef Thum was a Austrian artist in Camp 13, as a POW. Ken Hill was a member of AAAS - Mobile Cinema Unit 36 around 1946-47 and based at Murchison. After hostilities ceased, Thum was permitted to assist Ken Hill in the presentation of "pictures" as was the common term of the period, each time there was a screening at Murchison