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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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5336 items

5336 items

Sketch - Pastel

Tatura Irrigation & Wartime Camps Museum, Tatura

Black and white pastel sketch of "Head of Christ". A pieceof tissue paper is attached to cover the sketch

Historical information

Josef Thum was an 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 Hill, in the presentation of "Pictures" as was the common term of the period, each time there was a screening at Murchison

Photograph

Tatura Irrigation & Wartime Camps Museum, Tatura

Black and white photograph of Dhurringile. Tree on left fence, Australian guard outside perimeter.

Historical information

Dhurringile guard duty.

Photograph - copy

Tatura Irrigation & Wartime Camps Museum, Tatura

Black and white photograph of German Cemetery, Tatura

Historical information

German War Cemetery showing gates and flag poles, grave in back ground. Remains from all over Australia for reburial. World War 2 section opened on 16 November 1958. Memorial service held every year. Original photo held by R & L Kuhnle.

Inscriptions & Markings

on back - German War Cemetery

Photograph - Aerial Photograph

Tatura Irrigation & Wartime Camps Museum, Tatura

Framed enlarged aerial photograph of Tatura, January 1959.

Inscriptions & Markings

Tatura Jan 1959

Folding Chair

Tatura Irrigation & Wartime Camps Museum, Tatura

Small wooden folding chair with brown vinyl seat. 2 bar back rest

Historical information

Made by internee at Camp 3

Kangaroo - Lead

Tatura Irrigation & Wartime Camps Museum, Tatura

Handmade lead kangaroo in upright position. Nailed at legs and tail to circular wood base

Historical information

Made by internee at Camp 3, Tatura

Photograph

Tatura Irrigation & Wartime Camps Museum, Tatura

Sketch of the Dunera boys preparing for the night.

Historical information

One of the many examples of the very many different artists of the Dunera Boys.

Inscriptions & Markings

Preparations for the night

Button Set

Tatura Irrigation & Wartime Camps Museum, Tatura

Set of 8 dark brown wooden buttons mounted on a piece of card : 2 are round each with 2 holes in the centre, 6 have shanks. All 8 are threaded onto cardbacking.

Historical information

Believed to be made by Mr. Doster at Camp 3, Tatura

Ring

Tatura Irrigation & Wartime Camps Museum, Tatura

Small brown metal ring, with a small heart soldered to the ring.

Historical information

The ring was made for the donor by her father in Camp 3, Tatura. The Wied family were settled in Palestine upon the beginning of WWII. Being of German nationality, they were considered a threat to security by Allied forces & were interned in temporary camps, before being shipped to Australia. In Australia they were interned in Camp 3, Tatura, a family camp for enemy nationals. Many of the internees came with few possessions. This item is just one of the handmade domestic items fashioned in the camp from largely scrap materials to give some home comforts in the initially barren surroundings of the camps, particularly to those interned with families and young children.

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.

Photograph

Tatura Irrigation & Wartime Camps Museum, Tatura

Black and white photos of a few adults, babes in arms and about 15 school age children in front of a tin hut. Austrian Jewish refugees on the Queen Mary.

Historical information

Refugees from Singapore.

Water Meter

Tatura Irrigation & Wartime Camps Museum, Tatura

Meter for attachment to dethridge wheel to measure megalitres of water. This type attached to the wheel and revolves with it. (Older type attached to the axle) This one is for a large wheel.

Historical information

This type of meter replaced earlier models with registered acre feet (now megalitres). approx 1980. Meters on wheels have been used for approx 80 years

Inscriptions & Markings

S.R.W.S.C M.L L.M.O I.D. No-MD070942

Archive Box - Baldwin Family

Tatura Irrigation & Wartime Camps Museum, Tatura

Photos and documents re Baldwin Family

Historical information

Photos and Documents re Baldwin Family 1901 -1929

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

Folio - Camp 3.

Tatura Irrigation & Wartime Camps Museum, Tatura

Black 3 ring folder with printed material and photos in plastic sleeves.

Historical information

Material relating to Camp 3 and the Internees from Palestine.|Photos of original Internee graves, including Gudrun Gohl, and Rememberance Ceremony at German War Graves Cemetery.|Photos of recent visitors to the Museum.| Commemoration programs.|Photo of Brigitte & Leo Glockemann at Museum.|Photo (O.Lobert) of group of 18 year old boys, mainly Templers, taken from Camp 3 to Loveday, then returned to Camp 1.

Archive Folder (grey) - Camp 13

Tatura Irrigation & Wartime Camps Museum, Tatura

Grey archive folder containing photos of camp 13 compound.

Photograph

Tatura Irrigation & Wartime Camps Museum, Tatura

Black and white photograph of the superb gardens of Camp 13 and 2 men gardening.

Photograph - Maria Williams

Tatura Irrigation & Wartime Camps Museum, Tatura

Historical information

Maria Williams|Daughter Annie Williams born 1863

Presidents' Collar of Office - Tatura Apex Club

Tatura Irrigation & Wartime Camps Museum, Tatura

Royal blue corduroy velvet collar with 36 oblong badges (each with a pin and clasp on the back). All Presidents' names and year of Presidency of Tatura Apex Club. 1 round medallion with Apex emblem attached

Historical information

Replacement for original Collar of Office used at Official Ceremonies. Replacement "Presented to the Apex Club of Tatura by Alan Clement and Tony Zappia 13.8.82".

Inscriptions & Markings

1959-60 Keith Avent|1960-61 Jim Uhe, Maurie Goodwin|1961-62 Ron Sloan|1962-63 Frank Mawhinney|1963-64 Geoff Witten|1964-65 Ritchie Trevaskis|1965-66 Bill Connell|1967-68 Clive McPherson|1968-69 Warick Finlay|1969-1970 Lex Carroll|1970-71 Robert Coombes|9171-72 Darcy McVeigh|1972-73 Jan Le Peyre|1973-74 Alan Clement|1974-75 Geoff Loats, Tom Opie|1975-76 Gavin Pogue|1976-77 Ray Carr|1977-78 John Lowe|1978-79 Malcolm Cross|1979-80 Bruce Minns|1980-81 Terry Jones|1981-82 Alan Clement|1982-83 Ivan Pogue|1983-84 Gary Whyte|1984-85 Richard Russell|1985-86 Tony Mason|1986-87 Roy Monte|1987-88 Bill Mouser|1988-89 James Simson|1989-90 Phil Darby|1990-91 Rocky Minicozzi|1991-92 Martin Ward|1992-93 Gavin Keir|1994-95 Geoff Woodhouse|1994-95 Paul Evan

Folio - Margaret Pfander's Camp 3 Memoirs.

Tatura Irrigation & Wartime Camps Museum, Tatura

Blue multi ring folder with printed material in plastic sleeves.

Fork - table

Tatura Irrigation & Wartime Camps Museum, Tatura

Silver plated table fork

Historical information

Used by internees at Camp3, Tatura

Inscriptions & Markings

EPNSA

Document - United Kingdom Internees

Tatura Irrigation & Wartime Camps Museum, Tatura

Blue back clear plastic fold containing list of United Kingdom Internees held in camp 2 Tatura from 15 December 1942.

Historical information

Made available by the Australian Archives courtesy E. Carey.

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

Postcard - Fritz Wittmann, German POW, Afrika Korps.

Tatura Irrigation & Wartime Camps Museum, Tatura

Historical information

Original post card loaned for copying. Group photograph of German POWs on postcard sent home to Germany. Fritz Wittmann back row centre.

Box - wooden - Wooden hand crafted cigarette case and box

Tatura Irrigation & Wartime Camps Museum, Tatura

Small hand crafted wooden box with lid and smaller wooden case with opening. Wooden box for cigarettes with material lining and hand crafted wooden cigarette case. 1 of 2 (L0565)

Knife

Tatura Irrigation & Wartime Camps Museum, Tatura

Wooden handle. Metal blade knife

Historical information

Used by internees at Camp 3

Photograph - Decker and Katzenwadel Wedding

Tatura Irrigation & Wartime Camps Museum, Tatura

Historical information

Camp 3|Templers|Wedding- Gerda Decker & Albrecht Katzenwadel with Gerda's parents.|Jack Collection|Friedrich, Aline, Helmut

Photograph - copy - Bookmakers at Tatura Racecourse

Tatura Irrigation & Wartime Camps Museum, Tatura

Black and white copy photograph of bookmakers at race meeting at Tatura Racecourse. c 1920. Jack (phono) Robbins and Tom Dowies (with bag).

Historical information

Copy of original photograph presented to Museum by Noreen Lenehan (nee Bradley).

Inscriptions & Markings

on back: Bookmakers, Tatura Racecourse. 1920's

DVD - Beyond Barbed Wire

Tatura Irrigation & Wartime Camps Museum, Tatura

Standard DVD in plastic case.

Historical information

Interview of three persons, members of the Temple Society, who were arrested in Palestine during World War 2 as "enemy aliens". They were transported to Australia on the "Queen Elizabeth" which was being used at that time, as a troop ship. As part of a group of approximately 650 men, women and children from Palestine,they were held in internment Camp 3, Tatura, from 1941 until 1947. Those internees who chose to remain in Australia after the war were released at such time as they were able to obtain employment and accommodation. Also interviewed is Lurline Knee, Researcher for the Tatura Wartime Camps Museum. Interviewees: Hans Minzemay; Manfred Haering and Herta Uhlerr..

Significance

Personal experiences of three members of the Temple Society, arrested as enemy aliens and brought to Australia for internment during World War 2.

Inscriptions & Markings

Not for distribution, assessment purposes only. Run time 6 minutes.

Photograph - 1932 "Back To

Tatura Irrigation & Wartime Camps Museum, Tatura

Historical information

The band performed at the 1932 "Back To" and at the Anzac Day March in Melbourne. Tatura Fire Brigade Band 1932.|Including Eddie Lockwood; Alf Whelpdale; George Cuthberton; Bert Battye; Ron Chapman; Les Seabourne; Billy Mortimer; Paddy Harford; Neil Hunter;Ed Mitchell; Mark Pritchard; Wal Reddie; John Dixon; Jim Harford; Gawne; Frank Pritchard; Ray Davies; Charlie Hunter.