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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
49 Hogan S Tatura VIC (map)
phone
+61 +613 58242111
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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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Book - The Story of the Beilharz Family

Tatura Irrigation & Wartime Camps Museum, Tatura

Beige hard cover book. Gold text front cover and along the spine. Yellow dust cover with map of Grmany on the front cover and Palestine on the back cover

Historical information

The story of a family of Black Forest farmers and tradespeople, from the 15th to the 20th Century in Germany, Palestine and Australia

Inscriptions & Markings

Presented to this Museum by Mr. HW Beilharz, Bellevue Hill, NSW. 1989

Report - Report on Water Resources of Victoria

Tatura Irrigation & Wartime Camps Museum, Tatura

Light brown, lightweight cardboard cover. Green Spine.

Historical information

Report used during the 1960's when major improvements were made to the irrigation system in Victoria. Includes investigation, conservation and utilization, water distribution and losses in channel systems. Methods of reducing seepage losses

Video Tape.

Tatura Irrigation & Wartime Camps Museum, Tatura

Book

Tatura Irrigation & Wartime Camps Museum, Tatura

School exercise book with "dust cover" made of sheets of newspaper, white paper label on front. Lined paper entries handwritten in ink. Picture of Stott's Business College on front cover. Printed in biro : Helmut Ruff, French Grammar, (2) 1942,1943, Int. Camp 3 School.

Historical information

Used by Internee Helmut Ruff at Camap 3 school for subject French Grammar (20

Inscriptions & Markings

Grammaire Francaise, Helmut Ruff.

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

Insignia

Tatura Irrigation & Wartime Camps Museum, Tatura

German Afrika Corp insignia (Eagle over swastika) North Africa WW2. Mounted on cellophane onto a black paper background

Gramophone Needles

Tatura Irrigation & Wartime Camps Museum, Tatura

A. Small tin with single play needles.|B. Packet of 10 high fidelity needles, unopened.

Inscriptions & Markings

(In tin): approx. 200 gramophone English needles, "His Master's Voice" trademark|(In packet): High fidelity long playing needles

Book - Groote Eylandt Art Leonhard Adam Ethnological Collection Part 1

Tatura Irrigation & Wartime Camps Museum, Tatura

Black and brown soft cover with aboriginal type art on the front and back covers, plastic slotted spine. Collection of productions of Groote Eylandt artifacts. Written in English

Historical information

Dr. Leonhard Adam studied both Anthropology and jurisdiction as a young man

Document - Thesis

Tatura Irrigation & Wartime Camps Museum, Tatura

Thesis 'Some of the Happiest Years of My Life: Child Internment in Australia during the Second World War'. Sub-Thesis for Master of Arts (History) at Australian National University.

Photograph

Tatura Irrigation & Wartime Camps Museum, Tatura

Book - Institute for Sustainable Agriculture

Tatura Irrigation & Wartime Camps Museum, Tatura

Depart of Agriculture photos on front. Saline water-logged land near Shepparton. Measuring whie clover growth. Salinity management plans for research farm planning blueprint. Satellite image of plains and Lodden river.

Historical information

Investigation of salinity problems by staff at Tatura, Kyabram, Shepparton, Cobram institutes

Photograph

Tatura Irrigation & Wartime Camps Museum, Tatura

Hogan Street 1902

Jewellery Box, Wooden

Tatura Irrigation & Wartime Camps Museum, Tatura

Rectangular shaped polished wooden jewellery box, rounded edges. Hinged lid, brass hinges. Medium-light brown coloured wood. Black velvet lining inner & on base. Underside of lid is padded underneath velvet. Has tray insert, velvet covered also. Insert possibly not made of wood, is very light to handle.

Historical information

Gisela Koch was a German internee in camp 3. She was given the box while in Camp 3. Her niece, Dr. Silke Hesse donated the item.

Documents

Tatura Irrigation & Wartime Camps Museum, Tatura

Folio - Camp 3 Sketches and Stories.

Tatura Irrigation & Wartime Camps Museum, Tatura

Maroon A4 folder containing 19 water colour sketches of camp life in plastic sleeves

Historical information

20 sketches, made in Camp 3 by Gottlieb Wurster (ex Palestine)

Inscriptions & Markings

Camp 3 Sketches and Stories.

Night Gown

Tatura Irrigation & Wartime Camps Museum, Tatura

Pale blue and white striped cotton nightgown, long sleeves, bodice of red and blue patterned material with ties attached either side

Historical information

Ladies nightgown made at Camp 3, Tatura from re-made men's pyjamas, with the addition of floral material and bows as a feminine tough

Template

Tatura Irrigation & Wartime Camps Museum, Tatura

Cardboard template for shoesole.

Historical information

Made by internee at Camp 3. Part of set of tools and templates used in the making of leather bags, handbags and shoes

Inscriptions & Markings

Karl Wied|Holzschuhe

Book - Water Bailiff's Manual

Tatura Irrigation & Wartime Camps Museum, Tatura

Blue/green hard cover ring binder. 101 loose pages. Revised edition 1969. Gold printed title and SR and WSC logo on front cover

Historical information

Used by water bailiff at Tatura

Inscriptions & Markings

K Grumley

Booklet - The Streets and Parks of Mooroopna

Tatura Irrigation & Wartime Camps Museum, Tatura

Green card cover with photo of McLennan (Main) Street of Mooroopna early1900's

Historical information

Produced to ensure accurate recording of information re town of Mooroopna. Maps and street names and parkland included. Dedicated to the memory of the Late Jean Anselmi (1916-1998)

Cigarette Case

Tatura Irrigation & Wartime Camps Museum, Tatura

Wooden rectangular case with inlaid ship, bird and sailboat with reflections on one side & painted horse's head with a painted inlaid bridle. Oval sliding closure on one side.

Photograph

Tatura Irrigation & Wartime Camps Museum, Tatura

Tatura Methodist Church c.1950

Photographs.

Tatura Irrigation & Wartime Camps Museum, Tatura

Book - The Australian Bush Then and Now

Tatura Irrigation & Wartime Camps Museum, Tatura

Colour covers. Blue sky, wheat fields, 2 school girls on bikes on front cover. Black and white photo of 3 girls, l on a swing on back cover.

Historical information

A collection of photos and information about Australian bush towns and outback properties from 1800's

Book - Rikai Means Understanding by Appleton, William.

Tatura Irrigation & Wartime Camps Museum, Tatura

CD - Dunera Internee - Franz Feuerstein

Tatura Irrigation & Wartime Camps Museum, Tatura

2 CD's in a double plastic type pocket. CD's are gold coloured with green "TDK" and "80" printed text in black

Historical information

Interview with Frank Firestone in which he describes his time on the Dunera

Photograph

Tatura Irrigation & Wartime Camps Museum, Tatura

photo - Ross Street Water Tower

Tatura Irrigation & Wartime Camps Museum, Tatura

Second Water Tower under construction, Ross Street, 91 feet high, 80000 gallon capacity. Official opening April 1912. The first reinforced concrete tower of its type in Australia.

Folio - Dunera Special Events with Tatura.

Tatura Irrigation & Wartime Camps Museum, Tatura

Black multi ringed folder with photos in plastic sleeves containing photographs of various events.

Historical information

Items photographed collected or donated.

photo - 1938 Ball

Tatura Irrigation & Wartime Camps Museum, Tatura

Victory Hall Ball c1938, group photo on the dancefloor.

Folio - Camp 3.

Tatura Irrigation & Wartime Camps Museum, Tatura

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

Collar- uniform

Tatura Irrigation & Wartime Camps Museum, Tatura

"Kormoran" sailors uniform collar with white bib & ties attached. Navy blue & white (with some stripes)

Historical information

Given to MR. Paul Gohl in Camp1 hospital by survivor of the Kormoran

Photograph - Captain Detmers Identification Photo

Tatura Irrigation & Wartime Camps Museum, Tatura

B & W photo

Book - Taming the Wilderness

Tatura Irrigation & Wartime Camps Museum, Tatura

Blue cardboard cover. Illustrated with photo. Construction of Waranga Mallee channel. Back cover - Contributing members

Historical information

Written as a memoir of one family's contribution to the development of australia. A Lawrence is son in law of J.H.Davies who farmed Hill Top.

Inscriptions & Markings

Tom, with best wishes for a very Happy Christmas and prosperous New Year love Pearl Shields (Davies "Hill Top") 3/33 Gleeden St Brighton 3187.|also signed - with best wishes A E Lawrence

Folio - Garfield

Tatura Irrigation & Wartime Camps Museum, Tatura

Photos and foolscap sized documents in a black A 4 size folder.

Historical information

GARFIELD ΕΎ Kilmartin Road, Cooma.|John Thomas Dougherty, an American, came to the Tatura area in 1874. He married Emily Whitnell from Whroo in 1883 and they had nine children.|He started building Garfield in 1886 and it was not completed until 1897. The building was named after President Garfield of America.|The building still contains the original Ericson wall telephone with its tag inside dated 1906. The house contains many features such as Jacobean over mantel and fire surround in the dining room, stained glass, a push button bell, and a stair well leading to an underground living area used in the summer for coolness. A new glass stair well was installed in the 1980®s to allow more light into the area. J.T. Dougherty died 1936.

Persoanl Effects- Cosmetics

Tatura Irrigation & Wartime Camps Museum, Tatura

Padded red leather backed mirror.

Folio - "Kormoran" Commemoration.

Tatura Irrigation & Wartime Camps Museum, Tatura

Black folder containing photos and printed material in plastic sleeves.

Book - Newspaper Cuttings

Tatura Irrigation & Wartime Camps Museum, Tatura

Green Linen covered hardcover scrap book for newspaper cuttings. Title in black with embossed design depicting scissors, pens, paste & notepaper. Has alphabetically labelled (A - Z) blank index pages in front followed by numbered pages 1 - 100 of which pages 1 - 76 have cuttings pasted on to them, the rest are blank.

Historical information

Book contains newspaper cuttings of Shire notices and tenders from 1886 to 1889

Coin

Tatura Irrigation & Wartime Camps Museum, Tatura

Circular metal coin, three pence piece with small hole in centre

Historical information

Used by internees at Internment Camp 3, Tatura as Camp currency

Book - Mildura Calling

Tatura Irrigation & Wartime Camps Museum, Tatura

Brown cover, white lettering, sketches of Chaffey pump, Paddlesteamer, Vineyard, Rio Vista and Mrs. WB Chaffey on cover

Historical information

To record history of Mildura and districts and a dedication to authors parents and their stories of early days. Among the first ioneers of the district

photograph

Tatura Irrigation & Wartime Camps Museum, Tatura

Emailed photograph

Historical information

Emailed photo with request for more information.

Photograph

Tatura Irrigation & Wartime Camps Museum, Tatura

Lady Bowlers 1973|Front Row J Davies,M Campbell,E Butcher,E Green,A Todd,R Huggins,P Crawford,E Dudley,D Davies,M Ducat,K Mactier Middle Row M Blake,E Evans,J Stewart,L McLeod,J Sudholtz,S Hetherington, M Beckwith,E Curtis,O Daykin, F Stammers, L Dawson,H McCracken,M Wheeler,D Maskell,D Godbehere,F Mason, ARobbins,C Uebergang,M Leaf,A Groom,R Donaldson,|Back Row N Smith, A Hoffman,P Bollard,D Dunlop

Booklet - RHSV Journal

Tatura Irrigation & Wartime Camps Museum, Tatura

Yellow cardboard cover. List of contents on front cover

Historical information

Articles on Mawson Story and others.

Photograph

Tatura Irrigation & Wartime Camps Museum, Tatura

Booklet - Gipps-Land Gate

Tatura Irrigation & Wartime Camps Museum, Tatura

Blue cover, black lettering, showing snap of produce market, horse drawn venicles. Vol. 15. No. 4 April-June, 1989

Historical information

Quarterly chronicle of Dandenong and District Historical Society to inform members of latest information and acquisitions

Book - History of Mooroopna

Tatura Irrigation & Wartime Camps Museum, Tatura

Blue cover, black printing, decorative surround on front

Historical information

Produced by "Back To" Committee to record the local progress

Book - It wasn't Really Necessary.

Tatura Irrigation & Wartime Camps Museum, Tatura

White covered bound document consisting of 605 pages with white/black plastic bound index addendum attached.

Historical information

Researched and donated by author.

Case

Tatura Irrigation & Wartime Camps Museum, Tatura

Round clear plastic base and lid which hold $1 "Australian Kookaburra" coin. The coin is Reg. No. 7926 but is not regorded on the coin

Historical information

$1 "Australian Kookaburra" coin is displayed in this case

Photograph

Tatura Irrigation & Wartime Camps Museum, Tatura

Document - Feu Nos Peres

Tatura Irrigation & Wartime Camps Museum, Tatura

Loose page document, stapled together in upper left hand corner. Translation of Book(catalogue) of the same title into english

Historical information

This is a copy of the english translation of a catalogue of an exhibition of Mutsumi Tsuda in New Caledonia held in September, 2006

Hut-Model

Tatura Irrigation & Wartime Camps Museum, Tatura

Handmade model of internment camp mess hall with front section of roof removed to expose interior. (2 central heating stoves, tables and stools, ceiling lights). Has steps to entrance and windows, opened, back and front walls.

Historical information

Made by former internee of Interment camp 3