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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
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.

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5304 items

5304 items

Folder - Camp 3.

Tatura Irrigation & Wartime Camps Museum, Tatura

Black 4 ring folder.

Historical information

Material donated by former internees. Recollection and records of former Dunera Internees held atTatura including Lobert and Seefeld.|"Jewish Conspiracy" by Weinmann.|Telegram- Wagner, death in family.|"150th. Celebrations- Templers", speech by Beilharz|Frida Riboni's story.|Obituary Aberle.|Records Khuna.

Photograph - William Rooney

Tatura Irrigation & Wartime Camps Museum, Tatura

Historical information

William Rooney, First Secretary Engineer to the Shire of Rodney.|Rodney Shire|Tatura

Framed invitation - Invitation to opening of the Commonwealth Parliament

Tatura Irrigation & Wartime Camps Museum, Tatura

Timber frame.

Historical information

Presented to Mr.C Hogan to attend the opening of Parliament in the Exhibition Building, Melbourne on Thursday 9th May 1901.

Significance

The sitting of the first Australian Parliament

Souvenir Spoon

Tatura Irrigation & Wartime Camps Museum, Tatura

Souvenir spoon in plastic case. There is a coloured picture of the Tatura Fire Station with the wording Tatura Fire Brigade Centenary 1884-1984. Silver plated.

Historical information

Tatura Fire Brigade memorabilia produced for centenary

Photograph - Charles Wilson Memorial Fountain

Tatura Irrigation & Wartime Camps Museum, Tatura

Colour photo of Charles Wilson memorial fountain in Tatura in Tatura Bowls garden.

Historical information

Colour photograph of Charles Wilson Memorial. Charles was an early pioneer of Tatura. Born 1855, died 1901 . He was a J.P.

Inscriptions & Markings

On back of photo, The Charles Wilson memorial fountain situated at the Tatura Bowls club.

Folio - Robert L. Kahn. Recollections of a "Dunera Boy".

Tatura Irrigation & Wartime Camps Museum, Tatura

Dark blue plastic A4 folder containing typed material in plastic sleeves.

Historical information

Copy of these recollections given to Lurline Knee, who met Robert at a "Dunera" reunuion, 1991.

Inscriptions & Markings

Robert Kahn Reollections.

Book - The Pennyweight Kids

Tatura Irrigation & Wartime Camps Museum, Tatura

Yellow cover, sketch of scales 1852-1857. Goldining scene, and grieving mother. On back cover sketch of excavation of old burial site. London 1852. Gentlemans Magazine

Historical information

Written to try to discover why more than 200 children died at Forest Creek, Victoria. Stories of their families

Bank note

Tatura Irrigation & Wartime Camps Museum, Tatura

Encapsulated/laminated bank note to the value of six pence, with blue colour design(s) on white background with black printing. Features emblem of kangaroo, emu and merino ram above banner of the words "Camp seven bank". Display in plastic stand frame

Historical information

Designed by Dunera internee, Teltscher, and printed by Riverine grazier at Hay internment camp

Inscriptions & Markings

C41937, Printed on back of bank note "This note is valid only within the boundaries of Camp 7 Internment Camp Hay" "The bank is under no obligation to honour this note if presented by holder outside the Camp".

Photograph - Tatura Football Clubrooms

Tatura Irrigation & Wartime Camps Museum, Tatura

Exterior Wilson Hall, Tatura Football Club rooms. Junior game in progress. Some spectators watchings

Historical information

Wilson Hall was opened on 10 March 1962. Time clock sponsored by Rosella-Lipton. Boys bikes leaning against wall. Coach, timekeepers sitting behind glass on 2nd level.

Inscriptions & Markings

on back: Wilson Hall Tatura Football Club rooms 1987

Soft covered book - Manzanar Images of America

Tatura Irrigation & Wartime Camps Museum, Tatura

Rectangular shaped book. Paper, with cardboard cover. Children playing on street at Manzanar.

Historical information

With W.W 2, the Owens Valley California became the first Relocation Centre in1942 to house 110,000 people of Japanese ancestry, two thirds of them American citizens, removed from the west coast. Author Jane Wehrey compiled images from private and museum archives.

Significance

Manzanar National Historic site commemorates the life of these Japanese unique communities

Inscriptions & Markings

Series : Images of America

Photographs - Afrika Korps

Tatura Irrigation & Wartime Camps Museum, Tatura

Historical information

Afrika Korps members.|Photo 1. Pexa and his wife.|Photos 2 to 4. Groups of POWs

Photograph

Tatura Irrigation & Wartime Camps Museum, Tatura

Medium sized black and white photograph. Eildon Reservoir overall picture / dam wall and construction huts left of middle / dam filled with water right of wall / tree covered hills beyond.

Historical information

Taken by photographer for State Rivers and Water Supply Commission.

Photograph

Tatura Irrigation & Wartime Camps Museum, Tatura

Historical information

Photos copied from Superintendent Hannan's album. Presbyterian Boys Training Farm.|Dhurringile Mansion.|5 Photos.

Photograph - copy

Tatura Irrigation & Wartime Camps Museum, Tatura

Black and white photograph. Several men walking through the gates. All have hats on and they are carrying some luggage.

Historical information

This is a photograph of Italian internees leaving Camp 9. The men appear to be part of a work party setting off for a job. Camp 9 was one of the Loveday Camps.

Book - Cycopedia of Vic. Vo. 3

Tatura Irrigation & Wartime Camps Museum, Tatura

Hard cover with leather trim at corners, back and front leather spine. Blue-green plain cover. Gold line near leather trim

Historical information

To present various aspects of Vict. development at beginning of Commonwealth. Emphasis on leaders of Gov't and commerce. Various regions included.

Photograph - Goulburn Weir

Tatura Irrigation & Wartime Camps Museum, Tatura

Medium sized black and white photograph. View from south of weir under construction Two carpenter's trestles foreground Trees in mid distance background Canoe in middle dry channel in foreground

Historical information

Taken by photographer for State Rivers and Water Supply Commission.

Booklet - The First Decade

Tatura Irrigation & Wartime Camps Museum, Tatura

History of above 1880-1890 including recollections of Mr. James Reilly

Historical information

Written for centenary of recorded worship in the parish. Author, Eric Evens, member of All Saints vestry since 1963 and Layreader in Bendigo Diocese since 1965

Recorder

Tatura Irrigation & Wartime Camps Museum, Tatura

Handmade light coloured wooden recorder

Historical information

\made by internees at Camp 3 Tatura. \the material was selected from fire wood. Erich Buloch tuned the recorder to a perfect pitch.

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.

Dipper

Tatura Irrigation & Wartime Camps Museum, Tatura

Galvanised iron dipper with wide handle

Historical information

Made and used by internees at Camp 3

Photograph - H & R Gibbs Bakers Shop

Tatura Irrigation & Wartime Camps Museum, Tatura

Black and white photograph of H & R Gibbs Bakers Shop

Historical information

Original photograph of H & R Gibbs display window and exterior of Bakers Shop. John Gibbs, first baker in Tatura, set up business in 1878.

Inscriptions & Markings

on back: H & R Gibbs Bakery, Tatura

DVD - The Loveday Internment Camp 1940-1946

Tatura Irrigation & Wartime Camps Museum, Tatura

DVD with case.

Historical information

Used to inform tourists at an information centre in South Australia.

Inscriptions & Markings

The case back includes printed description of the content of the DVD.

Document

Tatura Irrigation & Wartime Camps Museum, Tatura

A clear plastic folder with black margin and white paper strip. Black back cover.

Historical information

Presented to Tatura museum by Mr Albert Whitmore ,Barmera O/C Engineering section . A 17 page history, written by Yuriko Nagata, a tutor in Japanese at Adelaide University. It contains a plan of Camp 9

Inscriptions & Markings

Japanese internees at Loveday 1941 - 1946. Bottom left hand corner - Presented to Tatura Museum by Mr Albert Whitmore, 4 Laffert St, Barmera, South Australia 5345

Bag

Tatura Irrigation & Wartime Camps Museum, Tatura

Brown leather open bag with 2 attached handles

Historical information

Made in camp 3 for Mrs Kazenwadel Snr, ex Palestine. This donor was the first contributor to our WW2 camps collection.

Photograph

Tatura Irrigation & Wartime Camps Museum, Tatura

St Mary's College, Tatura. Basketball team 1928

Photograph

Tatura Irrigation & Wartime Camps Museum, Tatura

Mr Thomas and Mrs Flanagan in retirement, Tatura

Photograph - Tatura Boy Scouts

Tatura Irrigation & Wartime Camps Museum, Tatura

B & W photo

Historical information

Tatura Boy Scouts - date unknown

Bonnet - Puppet

Tatura Irrigation & Wartime Camps Museum, Tatura

Black bonnet for puppets with cream pleated frill around the front. 2 ties

Historical information

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

Photograph - State Rivers and Water Supply Commission

Tatura Irrigation & Wartime Camps Museum, Tatura

Large sepia photograph dry mounted to cream board. Sign board with Engineer Ron Dickson looking at sign on left of photograph

Historical information

This photograph was taken for the State Rivers and Water Supply Commission - for display purposes.

Inscriptions & Markings

State Rivers and Water Supply Commission / Goulburn Irrigation System / Enlargement and Remodelling Project / Design and Construction Depot / Enquiries at General Office.

Folio - Newspaper clippings

Tatura Irrigation & Wartime Camps Museum, Tatura

Collection of newspapercuttings/articles from Murchison Advertiser

Historical information

Collected and collated from Murchison Advertiser newspapers by John Weppner