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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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5276 items

5276 items

Sharpner for safety Razor Blades

Tatura Irrigation & Wartime Camps Museum, Tatura

Wooden rectangle with two small marbles embedded and slot, used to sharpen safety razor blades. 2 pieces which are fitted together by 2 small paices of dowell Form a holder for razor blades

Historical information

Gift to helmut rufffrom German Red Cross

Inscriptions & Markings

H Ruff

Photograph - Toolamba West School, 1941

Tatura Irrigation & Wartime Camps Museum, Tatura

Historical information

Toolamba West School, 1941.|Tatura East School.|Back: Mr.Myer O'Donnell, H.T.; Jean Craven; Jean Hunt; Grace Sterling; Margaret Vincent; Isobel Cambell; Eva Sterling;|Second Back: George Pullar; Richard Ashton; David Cambell; Kevin Hunt; Betty Vincent; Patricia Nelson; Dawn Jack; Norma Bassett; Miss Margaret Ward (sewing mistress).|Seated: Les Jack; Brian Davies; Graham Bassett; Colin McNab; Max Steigenberger; John Ratcliffe.|Front: Marjorie Attwood, Margaret Payne; Thea Reed; Marion Delaney; Faye Jack; Marjorie Russell.

Photograph - Father Owens

Tatura Irrigation & Wartime Camps Museum, Tatura

Photograph - James Wilson

Tatura Irrigation & Wartime Camps Museum, Tatura

Historical information

Wilson, James 1928 Photo and Guardian Press Report 15.12.1939.

Archive Box (reports) - Inquiry into the circumstances of the sinking of the HMAS Sydney

Tatura Irrigation & Wartime Camps Museum, Tatura

26 stapled booklets of paper with yellow card covers and 2 bound books of completed report with white cardboard cover with photo of HMAS Sydney. Government report into the sinking of the HMAS Sydney|28 volumes consisting of:|Joint Standing Committee Transcript of 27th March 1998|Joint Standing Committee Transcript of 16th April 1998|Joint Standing Committee Transcript of 17th April 1998|Joint Standing Committee Transcript of 1st May 1998|Joint Standing Committee Transcript of 22nd May 1998|Joint Standing Committee Transcript of 29th May 1998|Index to Submissions and Transcripts of Evidence|Submissions volumes 1 - 19.|2 copies of completed report on the Loss of the HMAS Sydney dated March 1999.

Historical information

Government report into the sinking of the HMAS Sydney compiled by Government Joint Standing Committee in 1998/99

Photograph - Captain Detmers

Tatura Irrigation & Wartime Camps Museum, Tatura

Historical information

Photo copied from W.A. Newspaper.Captain Detmers in his Hamburg garden shortly before his death,|Dhurringile P.O.W. Camp.|HSK Kormoran.

Book - Primitive Art

Tatura Irrigation & Wartime Camps Museum, Tatura

Blue and white soft covered book. Black printing. 2 Pelicans on front cover. Picture of author and short history of his life. By Leonhard Adam.

Historical information

Book first published 1940, Reprinted 1942, Revised and enlarged by the author whilst interned in Tatura Camp 3 and on release at the University of Melbourne. Donated by a friend of the Adam family.

Book - Dietrich Paul Ruff.

Tatura Irrigation & Wartime Camps Museum, Tatura

Puppet - The Judge

Tatura Irrigation & Wartime Camps Museum, Tatura

Hand painted brown paper mache head with red lips, blue eyes and black eyebrows. Has white judge wig with small round green hat. He has a white frilled neck ruff and wearing a black cape with high stand up collar. There is no body parts.

Historical information

The puppets were made by German POW's in camp 13 and sent to internment camp 3 as gifts for the children at Christmas time.

Book - Special Places

Tatura Irrigation & Wartime Camps Museum, Tatura

Mural by students from Public School, Dubbo on front cover. Back cover depicts Aust. bush scene collage from students of Vinifera Primary School.

Historical information

Writing project aimed at involving children of MD Basin and their ideas on its preservation

Photograph - Kormoran

Tatura Irrigation & Wartime Camps Museum, Tatura

Colour photograph of Kormoran life boat in front of Melbourne tram.

Historical information

Photo 1. Kormoran Memorial, Camp 13.|Photo 2. Kormoran Memorial, Carnarvon.|Photo 3. Kormoran lifeboat restoration at Geraldton.

Photograph - Football team 1912

Tatura Irrigation & Wartime Camps Museum, Tatura

Historical information

Three b. & w. photos - Phair Collection|Anglican Sunday School 1901.|Football team 1912.|State School 1903.

Drill Bits

Tatura Irrigation & Wartime Camps Museum, Tatura

Metal bit for drilling holes - spiral end. Used in conjunction with handle (C7200).|Located in Tool kit C 7199

Historical information

Used by internees at Camp 3

Folio - Research Project on WW2 Internment Camp 3.

Tatura Irrigation & Wartime Camps Museum, Tatura

Black side bound folio containing photocopied printed material and photos.

Historical information

Research project

Programme - Visit of Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth 11

Tatura Irrigation & Wartime Camps Museum, Tatura

A souvenir program featuring dates and times of the Royal visit and photographs of the Queen and Duke, the old Eildon Weir, Westminster Abby interior and Buckingham Palace.

Inscriptions & Markings

Royal crest

Photograph - Tennis Youths with Coach

Tatura Irrigation & Wartime Camps Museum, Tatura

Tennis coach from Melbourne instructs local youths.|Back row: Janet Curtis, Jan Robbins, Kerry Russell, Kate Robbins, Ann Cockroft, Julie Kerrins, Margaret Dunlop, Michael Blackall, Kevin Cummins, Philip Ritchie, Geoff Cockroft, Andrew McCallum.|Middle row: Leanne Clapp, Debbie Panenberg, Sue Bell, Debbie Russell, Fairy (Rosemary) O'Toole, Kerry Bell, Gavin Lesuer, David Panenberg.|Front row: Irene van den Ende, ....?, Mark Kerrins, John Cockroft, Ian Baxter, Brian Curtis, Geoffrey Dunlop.

Book - From Paddock to Park

Tatura Irrigation & Wartime Camps Museum, Tatura

Green cover, white writing. Sketch of tree and wicket and bat

Historical information

To record the history of Tatura Cricket Club from 1880-1985-2003. Includes program for launch of book

Certificate - Japanese Surrender

Tatura Irrigation & Wartime Camps Museum, Tatura

In plastic sheeting cover. Single sheet certificate with blue printing and Australian Military Forces Commander in Chief stamp. Addressed as Advanced Headquarters, Moratai, 9 September 1945. Background scene in red, blue and green water colours of palm trees, bills, sea and rising sun. Signed by E. Blamey, General Commander in Chief.

Historical information

Certificate issued after Japanese surrender at Moratai to members of the Allied forces there.

Inscriptions & Markings

To my sister VX60690 Pte. W. Fraser.

Photograph - Home of Francis Williams

Tatura Irrigation & Wartime Camps Museum, Tatura

Historical information

home of francis williams hogan st tatura c.1900

Coin

Tatura Irrigation & Wartime Camps Museum, Tatura

Silver metal coin

Historical information

Possession of POW's at Camp 4.

Photograph - coloured - Goulburn Weir

Tatura Irrigation & Wartime Camps Museum, Tatura

Coloured photograph of Goulburn Weir.

Historical information

Coloured photograph of Goulburn Weir Nagambie. Weir was finished in 1891.

Inscriptions & Markings

on back: Goulburn Weir from Alice Young

Photograph - Children's Pageant

Tatura Irrigation & Wartime Camps Museum, Tatura

L-R Back: Mary Mitchell, Mary Mulcahy, Maimie Mulcahy, Tessie Cowan, Alice Kilmartin.|L-R Seated: Chaffie Kennedy, Jean Kennedy.

Photograph

Tatura Irrigation & Wartime Camps Museum, Tatura

Colour photo of stage of the RSL Hall Murchison.

Historical information

Hans Walter von Gruenewaldt was a German POW who used his artistic ability to paint several large mural caricatures while he was held at Camp 13 at Murchison. The technique he used was colourful house paint, painted directly onto the walls of the German mess hut, reading room and recreation hall in compound 13D. The paintings were completed over a duration of six years (1941-1946).

Photograph

Tatura Irrigation & Wartime Camps Museum, Tatura

Black and white photograph of 3 saddled horses held by two soldiers on a large pile of sawn timber. With the amount of harness possibly the horses could be used as light ridden harness horses.

Folder - International Air Show Exhibition

Tatura Irrigation & Wartime Camps Museum, Tatura

Red 3 ring binder containing scanned photographs and information used at the International Air Show at Geelong Victoria in 2001 and 2003.

Photograph - copy

Tatura Irrigation & Wartime Camps Museum, Tatura

Black and white photograph. 1943. Sisters J. Bertram and J. Wilson ready for morning ride with trooper/groom.

Historical information

WW2 internment camp 1, Tatura, Hospital staff.

Tatura Male Choir Turaton

Tatura Irrigation & Wartime Camps Museum, Tatura

Tatura Male Choir Turaton box. Memorabilia

Photograph - Jack collection

Tatura Irrigation & Wartime Camps Museum, Tatura

DVD - Frank Says Auf Weidersehn

Tatura Irrigation & Wartime Camps Museum, Tatura

DVD. White disc, silver text. Title printed in black, clear plastic cover. Information folder, front black with pale blue printing, picture of ship and sketch of man smoking a pipe. Back pale blue, black printing, details of documentary. Back folder 2 photos of FW Firestone, 1909-1994

Historical information

This is the story of Frank Wilfred Firestone ( formerly Franz Wolfgang Feverstein) as seen through the eyes of his Granddaughter, Leah. Tell of his departure with his brother, Jack, (formerly Gerd) from Nazi Germany to England, then to Australia on the "Dunera"

Booklet - Hume Reservoir

Tatura Irrigation & Wartime Camps Museum, Tatura

Pictures, past and present of Hume Reservoir. Front and back covers coloured and sepia. River Murray Commission in blue writing.

Historical information

Booklet produced to commemorate 50 years of hume Reservoir (1936-1986) Contains photos of early construction