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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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5340 items

5340 items

Iron

Tatura Irrigation & Wartime Camps Museum, Tatura

Metal laundry iron. Covered with silver paint. Hinged lid, wooden handle painted red. Vents in base and lid to allow steam from coals to escape

Historical information

Made by internee at Camp3, Tatura and used there to iron garments

Photograph - Camp 1 Hospital

Tatura Irrigation & Wartime Camps Museum, Tatura

Historical information

Copy of original P.M.G. blue print made in Feb. 1943, showing location of telephone cables.

Chair - Folding

Tatura Irrigation & Wartime Camps Museum, Tatura

Wooden slatted folding chair, metal screws and studs

Historical information

Made and used by internees at Camp 3

Book - Shire of Rodney Reports

Tatura Irrigation & Wartime Camps Museum, Tatura

Vana newsagent (brand). Black, green,yellow tartan cover. Scrapbook in white writing on white label

Historical information

Newspaper cuttings rom Tatura Guardian or Shepp News. Reports on local Council activities

Book - Heart of the Valley Toolamba 1840-1983

Tatura Irrigation & Wartime Camps Museum, Tatura

Brown hard cover. Title in gold writing. Cream dust jacket, green writing. Sketch of gum leaves surrounding a scene of bush log hut. Family with man cutting trees. From a wood carving by Nicholas Bartels. 2nd copy. L3458.

Historical information

Written to accurately record the history of Toolamba. From early days of Hume and Hovell, agriculture, schools, churches, sport and recreation. Names on Roll of Teachers and Pupils.

Autograph Book

Tatura Irrigation & Wartime Camps Museum, Tatura

fawn coloured autograph book filled with German poetry

Historical information

Autograph book of poetry gifted to internee Marianne Kirsch upon leaving Camp 3. Marianne has translated 2 of the poems into English for display at the Tatura Museum's Wartime Camps Collection.

Inscriptions & Markings

gewidmet vom präsidium des deutschen roten kreuzes

Document - Attendance Roll

Tatura Irrigation & Wartime Camps Museum, Tatura

Attendance roll for Baldwinsville State School 1891

Historical information

6 pupils names - Bridget Mulcahy, James Fenaughty, Lizzie O"Halloran, John Maher, Margaret O"Shannassy, M Jamieson. School later called Byrneside

Newspaper article - Ross Angus

Tatura Irrigation & Wartime Camps Museum, Tatura

Historical information

Newspaper obituaries.

Girdle - macrame

Tatura Irrigation & Wartime Camps Museum, Tatura

multi coloured macrame girdle/belt. Colours: yellow green brown black red & royal blue

Historical information

Made by internee at Camp 3

Book - RAAF Saga

Tatura Irrigation & Wartime Camps Museum, Tatura

Blue linen like hard cover. Print of planes and text in pale blue

Historical information

Contains stories of RAAF in Europe, the Pacific and Burma. Honor roll.

Photograph - Goulburn Waranga Main Channel Construction

Tatura Irrigation & Wartime Camps Museum, Tatura

Large black and white photograph - dry mounted to cream board. Channel excavation scene - with excavator operating right mid distance, scoop bucket operating top of earth wall left mid distance, supervised by figure on top of earth wall.

Historical information

Photo taken by the photographer for Victoria State Rivers and Water Supply Commission of the Goulburn Waranga main channel in 1957.

Inscriptions & Markings

Below photo: "Goulburn Waranga Main Channel Construction / Bucyrus 200 W. Excavator with 6 c. yd. Bucket / Looking towards off-take at Goulburn Weir / Completed Excavation in Background."

Photograph

Tatura Irrigation & Wartime Camps Museum, Tatura

Dhurringile Mansion, Built James Winter 1877. POW camp 1941-1946. Presbyterian Boys Home 1965 - 1965. H. M. Rehabilitation Prison.

Document - "Gerhard Ernst Neumann Briefe Ohne Datum".

Tatura Irrigation & Wartime Camps Museum, Tatura

Light cardboard covers secured by green string, containing paper pages with typed entries, in German. Scrap book made and bound in Camp 1 with type written copies of letters written, in German from 17th. October 1943, by Dr. Neumann to his wife during his internment in Camp 1, Tatura.

Historical information

Made in Camp 1, Tatura to containing copies of letters written by Dr. Neumann to his wife in Bendigo, Dr. Neumann came from Germany to take a position as 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

Gerhard.Erst Neumann, Briefe Ohne Datum..

Photograph - Eildon Township

Tatura Irrigation & Wartime Camps Museum, Tatura

Medium sized black and white photo. Aerial photograph - looking down on township in middle foreground - overflow dam to the right, middle distance - dam wall with reservoir beyond - mountain tops forming horizon

Historical information

Taken by photographer for State Rivers and Water Supply Commission.

Inscriptions & Markings

On frame below photo: "Eildon Township."

Book - Register of Lands 1976-77

Tatura Irrigation & Wartime Camps Museum, Tatura

Black back cover, beige front cover, red spine. Black writing.

Historical information

Mast Copy of Register of Lands,Rodney Irrigaton area 1976-77

Photograph

Tatura Irrigation & Wartime Camps Museum, Tatura

Black and white photograph of perimeter barbed wire entanglements.

Historical information

Dhurringile camp.

Folder - State Rivers & Water Supply Commission Construction and District Branches

Tatura Irrigation & Wartime Camps Museum, Tatura

Black and white marbled cover,metal lever

Historical information

Contains various publications on procedures for Water Commission constructions and irrigation methods and some photographs of assembling of a bridge

Book - Ardmona Cricket Club History - The Premiership Years

Tatura Irrigation & Wartime Camps Museum, Tatura

A4 46 page history of Ardmona Cricket Club Premiership years 1959/60, 1960/61, 1961/62. Photocopies of items from local papers and players details. See also L0712-L0718 for photographs, reunion and CD of reunion etc.

Historical information

History of Ardmona Cricket Club premiership years.

Inscriptions & Markings

Ardmona Sport 1950-60's. History of Ardmona.

Plaque

Tatura Irrigation & Wartime Camps Museum, Tatura

Handcarved plaque featuring map of Europe and words in German

Historical information

Made by internee at Camp 1 Tatura

Sketch - Watercolour - Graf von Hardenberg

Tatura Irrigation & Wartime Camps Museum, Tatura

Watercolour sketch of man in brown/red trousers

Historical information

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

Inscriptions & Markings

Graf von Hardenberg

book - Behind the Fence

Tatura Irrigation & Wartime Camps Museum, Tatura

Soft cover loose leaf book "Behind the Fence" Sept 1940 - Sept1941. 12month periodical. Has camp sketch on front cover. Written (typed) in English and German. Black & White illustrations and sketches. Card cover bound with coloured thread.

Historical information

Made by internees, Singapore Group Refugees at Camp 3 Tatura for entertainment purposes

Photo album

Tatura Irrigation & Wartime Camps Museum, Tatura

Grey blue album, gold rectangular stripe. T & D Hist Society Museum. Inside front cover typed Kormoran German Raiders. Painting by Geo Rosenkranz; Greytown camp WW2 - self portrait of Geo Rosenkranz - Greytown camp 1945. The original paintings were lent by Mrs Margaret Shannon nee Oliver, of Katandra West.

Historical information

1st photo colour of entrance gates of Camp 13.

Photograph - original - Tatura Museum

Tatura Irrigation & Wartime Camps Museum, Tatura

Colour photograph of Tatura Museum after restoration. Exterior. 1988

Historical information

Photograph of Museum after restoration. Painted and iron work painted and replaced.

Inscriptions & Markings

on back: Tatura Museum

Photograph

Tatura Irrigation & Wartime Camps Museum, Tatura

Black and white photograph of the footy team 18 plus the boundary umpire holding the Sherrin, laces out. 7 standing, 6 kneeling. Might be Bill Baker (extreme right) and 6 crossed leg in front. Could be the Tatura side.

Booklet - Further Ramblings of an Old Man

Tatura Irrigation & Wartime Camps Museum, Tatura

Cream cover with black drawing and printing on front cover

Historical information

Written as a chronicle by a local resident covering his life story from age of 17 to the present day

Jewel Box

Tatura Irrigation & Wartime Camps Museum, Tatura

Wooden Jewel Box. Unhinged lid has inlaid darker wooden diamond on top.

Historical information

Manufactured in Camp 3

Photograph - original - Tatura Museum - Australia Day

Tatura Irrigation & Wartime Camps Museum, Tatura

Colour photograph of Bill Doller and Phil McTier raising flag at Australia Day ceremony, 1988. 2 copies

Historical information

Photograph of Australia Day ceremony at Museum. Phil McTier, Bill Doller raising the flag. Flag pole inscription with Australia Day 1988 and Bicentennial logo. Garage in background and shops and houses in Hogan Street.

Inscriptions & Markings

on back: P. McTier and B. Doller

Folder - Camp 1

Tatura Irrigation & Wartime Camps Museum, Tatura

Blue 3 ring folder.

Historical information

Various documents given to Museum

Medal - German

Tatura Irrigation & Wartime Camps Museum, Tatura

German military medal, star shaped with crossed swords, swastika sign in centre, date 1939 on back in centre. Ribbon in coloured stripes - navy,red & white

Historical information

Possession of POW at Camp13 Murchison

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.