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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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5314 items

5314 items

Board Game

Tatura Irrigation & Wartime Camps Museum, Tatura

Cardboard box containing 3 in 1 game set. Box is tan & cream with small checkered pattern. Picture on front of two men in possible military uniforms playing chess. Double sided board with red & cream chess squares on one side & pattern of lines on reverse, folded to fit inside box. 16 red & cream, & 16 blue & cream coloured leather round chess/ draughts pieces for use on board.

Historical information

Else Oertel was a German internee in Camp 3A from 1940-1945. The German Red Cross sent items to the internees in the camps and this game was one of the items given to the Oertel family. Else's daughter, Else-Lore Hukins donated the items.

Inscriptions & Markings

(On lid of box): Schach - Dame und Muhle/ Das Kombinationsspiel mit dem gleichen Stein (D.R.G.M.)/ Ein gruB aus der heimat/|(At bottom of picture on lid): Combi-Spiele G.m b.H., Hannover-Linden

Book - Handelsgefetzbuch

Tatura Irrigation & Wartime Camps Museum, Tatura

Historical information

Book in the Camp 1 Library

Book - Braves White and Red

Tatura Irrigation & Wartime Camps Museum, Tatura

Hard cover, light tan, oval photograph of indians on front. Title and name of author in black. Decorative spine. 216 pages

Historical information

Tatura Presbyterian Sunday School 1st prize awarded to Edgar Mitchell, December 1923. F. E. Williams

Photograph

Tatura Irrigation & Wartime Camps Museum, Tatura

Historical information

Photos from Superintendent Hannan's album. Presbyterian Boys Training Farm.|Dhurringile Mansion.|5 photos.|Photo 2, Centre Left: Neville Densley; John Pilgrim.|Photo 3, Centre centre Robyn French; Centre Bottom- Terry Hawes.|Photo 4. Bottom Left Eric & Ray Brunton 1953.

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.

calendar

Tatura Irrigation & Wartime Camps Museum, Tatura

small tin holder with sections for calendar pieces made of card.|Hole at top for hanging.|Card pieces made from used cigarette packets.|Months and days written in German. 26 pieces.

Historical information

made and used by internees in Camp 3 Tatura

Photograph

Tatura Irrigation & Wartime Camps Museum, Tatura

Cr. Jack Lowry as Shire President at German War Cemetery.

Historical information

Newspaper photograph.

Document - Seefeld Letters & Documents

Tatura Irrigation & Wartime Camps Museum, Tatura

Blue plastic 3 ringed binder

Historical information

Includes collection of correspondence and files between Garry (Gerhard) Seefeld and the Australian Authorities, regarding the Jewish Refugees, Singapore Group and his family's continued internment in Tatura. Included are secret reports as to why Garry and family continued to be interned after all other family members had been released. All the above information was made available from the National Archives, Canberra and forwarded to Loretta Forsey (daughter of Gerhard Seefeld) by Keith Forsey in 2001.|Files date from 25 February, 1942 to 3 December 1942.

Document - Our Saleyards War

Tatura Irrigation & Wartime Camps Museum, Tatura

2 Humorous Poems and letter to the Editor (1950) copied from Tatura Guardian

Historical information

Humorus poems regarding moving of saleyards in Tatura and reference to floods

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 in mid distance, tractor with rooter in foreground.

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 / Channel excavation in progress / 200 W. Bucyrus Dragline, D.8 Caterpillar Tractor with rooter with "Gradall"

Book - Australian War Museum

Tatura Irrigation & Wartime Camps Museum, Tatura

Red and cream cover. Sketch of Canberra War Memorial

Historical information

Guide to Australian War Memorial, Canberra. Description of Galleries and displays. 1 st Edition, 1941

Photograph - Mechanics Institute c1980

Tatura Irrigation & Wartime Camps Museum, Tatura

Mechanics Institute, c1980.

Photograph - Rotary Exchange Student, 1983

Tatura Irrigation & Wartime Camps Museum, Tatura

Historical information

Rotary Exchange Student, 1983.|1. Arthur Knee; Alison MacIntosh from Canada; Lurline Knee.|2. Alison MacIntosh & Jan LaPeyre.|3. Alison MacIntosh & husband Frank Ciancio, Canada 1992.

Video Tapes - Channels

Tatura Irrigation & Wartime Camps Museum, Tatura

9 video tapes prepared by the Rural Water Commission.

Historical information

Nine 20 minute video tapes "Channels" prepared by the Rural Water Commission from December 1992 to the end of the Rural Water Commission in June 1994.|Tape 1. Goulburn Murray Region.| Tape 2. New Tatura Office.| Tape 5. Yarrawonga Hydro project, Lake Makoan; Torrumbary Weir.|Tape 6. Ardmona Drain 11; Floods; Torrumbary Weir; Tatura Offices; Big Eildon Project.|Tape 7. Farm Dams.|Tape 8. Water Auction; Channel Ditching; Irrigation Ordering; Tatura Offices; Torrumbarry Weir; Sir Ronald East.|Tape 9. Torrumbary Weir; Mosquito Depression Drain; Eildon Tower Outlet; Farewell Message.

Book - War Trophies

Tatura Irrigation & Wartime Camps Museum, Tatura

Blue cover. Dust cover. Photo of soldiers loading heavy British gun. On back cover - German 150 mm Howitzer. Now at Warracknabeal, Vic. 1914-1918 War

Historical information

Photographs of large collection of WW1 guns now in parks all over Australia. Includes stories of battles.

Booklet - The Life Story of Yasukichi Murakami

Tatura Irrigation & Wartime Camps Museum, Tatura

A4 size booklet with blue cover featuring photographs which the author sent to his Mother. Text in Japanese. Two pages of translation.

Historical information

The life story of Yasukichi Murakami (1880 - 1944), a Japanese migrant from Wakayama to Australia, as seen through the photographs he sent to his Mother. includes referencesto Tatura Camp 4.

Photograph - Reilly's Flour Mill

Tatura Irrigation & Wartime Camps Museum, Tatura

Reilly's Flour Mill, corner Kerferd and Albert Streets.

Photograph

Tatura Irrigation & Wartime Camps Museum, Tatura

Colour photo of David Jones Nursing Home, Murchison Victoria.

Historical information

The nursing home now houses many of the mural paintings that were painted by Hans Walter von Gruenewaldt while he was a POW in Camp 13.

Photograph - Sir Rohan Delacombe, Governor of Victoria c1960s

Tatura Irrigation & Wartime Camps Museum, Tatura

Sir Rohan Delacombe, Governor of Victoria, presenting an award to a Secondary School student at Shepparton City Council. Mayor Kevin Riordan with wife Loraine seated in background. c1960s.

Document - Royal Commission on Water Supply - Minutes of Evidence

Tatura Irrigation & Wartime Camps Museum, Tatura

34 Pages of evidence taken at the 1896 Royal Commission on Water Supply. Some of the hearing was held at Tatura. A4 Photocopy

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

Serviette Ring

Tatura Irrigation & Wartime Camps Museum, Tatura

Turned and polished wooden serviette ring

Historical information

Handmade by Internee at Camp 3 Tatura

Photograph.

Tatura Irrigation & Wartime Camps Museum, Tatura

Black and white photo of 6 men standing and 4 men seated; ?, ?, Marco Gazzi, Bartolomeo Rabaiotti, G. Lusardi, ?, seated - Louis Fulgoni, Joe Rossi, Barbuti, Mario Rabaiotto

Historical information

Italian internees of Camp 2. Dunera.

Photograph

Tatura Irrigation & Wartime Camps Museum, Tatura

School c.1900

Book - Boy Scout Test

Tatura Irrigation & Wartime Camps Museum, Tatura

Green, black lettering. Scout and emblem on cover. Advertisements inside front cover.

Historical information

Used as preparation for testing for the obtaining of badges

Photograph - Bill Ibbott

Tatura Irrigation & Wartime Camps Museum, Tatura

Bill Ibbott (d.2000) with photos of winning trotters.

Tin with lid

Tatura Irrigation & Wartime Camps Museum, Tatura

Handmade rectangular metal container - box with lid.

Historical information

Article made from scrap metal by internee at camp 3 Tatura. Maker of the tin was the uncle of donor Kurt Beilharz. No solder was available so melted down toothpaste tubes was used sparingly as solder.

Deck Chair

Tatura Irrigation & Wartime Camps Museum, Tatura

Wooden folding frame and 2 armrests. Tan, black, orange, yellow and brown canvas.

Historical information

Made and used by internee at camp 3. Carpentry workshop Ein "Kamp Einser"

Photograph - Tatura Bowling Club

Tatura Irrigation & Wartime Camps Museum, Tatura

Historical information

Tatura Bowling Club construction of greens, 1904

Archive Folder (grey) - Dhurringile POW Camp

Tatura Irrigation & Wartime Camps Museum, Tatura

Grey archival folder containing photographs of Dhurringile POW camp.