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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
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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Book - handcraft - Schachenmayr Lehrbuch Der Handarbeiten Aus Wolle

Tatura Irrigation & Wartime Camps Museum, Tatura

Appears to be a book of patterns for hand crafts using wool. Written totally in German. Yellow hard cover.

Inscriptions & Markings

Schachenmayr Lehrbuch Der Handarbeiten Aus Wolle A Stamp - N. Arnot POG 573 Jerusalem - Palestine

Photograph - copy

Tatura Irrigation & Wartime Camps Museum, Tatura

AANS J. Bertram nursing baby. Standing in front of corrugated Army hut, Camp 1.

Historical information

WW2 internment camp, Tatura. AANS

Plan - Waranga Basin Project.

Tatura Irrigation & Wartime Camps Museum, Tatura

Historical information

Original plan held at Tatura Office og Murray Goulburn Water, electronically copied.

Magazine - The Australian Magazine

Tatura Irrigation & Wartime Camps Museum, Tatura

Historical information

The Australian Magazine Australia 1942. What We Didn't Know. The lead article of the magazine concentrates on the most dangerous year, when 50 years ago the north part of Australia was in far greater peril than most people were led to believe.

Posters

Tatura Irrigation & Wartime Camps Museum, Tatura

1 of 15 colour laminated posters of the Deutsche Theatre, Tatura, of the various productions of Wilhelm Tell, Minna Von Barnhelm Der Kaufmann Von Denedig (Shakespeare), Siegfried's Tod Odenwald scene. On a large display board (L 126 cm x W 120 cm)

Historical information

Camp theatre productions. Wilhelm Fugman, producer.

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

Black and white photograph of 6 men standing, one on right Ludwig Gerndth in Luftwaffe uniform and iron cross. Others from left: Gerhard Zirkler, Kurt Zimmermann, Adolf Wilkie, Helmut Hempel, Siegfried Scheffzcyk, Ludwig Gerndth. Front row l - r: Manfred Mueller. Herbert Morr, Wolfgang Nuegebauer, Gustav Pohlig. In front of hut on ground centre front is the number 171

Inscriptions & Markings

171

Book - Agricultural Surveying

Tatura Irrigation & Wartime Camps Museum, Tatura

Light brown cloth covered cardboard cover. "245" and "1/6" on the spine

Historical information

Used by surveyors

Book - The Voyage of Their life

Tatura Irrigation & Wartime Camps Museum, Tatura

Grey/green soft cover book with picture of passengers looking over the side of a ship. Black and white text

Historical information

The story of the SS Derna and its passengers

Medal - German - Gefreiter Franz Rapp

Tatura Irrigation & Wartime Camps Museum, Tatura

Military medal in form of cross, black & silver with date 1 813 on one side,swatika in centre of the other. Black,white,red striped ribbon threaded through metal ring attached to medal

Historical information

Iron Cross- 2nd class, posthumously awarded to Gefreiter Frank Rapp who died in action on the Finnish front in 1941. Possession of POW in Camp 13 at Murchison

Book - Rodney Cookery Book

Tatura Irrigation & Wartime Camps Museum, Tatura

Faded Red cover. Black printing. Advertising on back, decorative border. Stapled front cover holds information

Historical information

Assembled by guild member as a fund raiser. Subsidised by advertisements of local businesses

Inscriptions & Markings

Miss Robson Xmas 1907

Audio Tape. - Ole Hellston and HMAS Sydney

Tatura Irrigation & Wartime Camps Museum, Tatura

audio tape

Historical information

Side a: Ole Hellsten, Finnish seaman and POW talk to T & D Historical Society 1994 Side b: radio talk on HMAS Sydney, 35 minutes.

Inscriptions & Markings

Ole Hellston Finnish POW Radio HMAS Sydney

Folio - Camp 1 Conservation Report.

Tatura Irrigation & Wartime Camps Museum, Tatura

Green plastic side bound folder containing approx. 50 A4 pages of text, photos and sketches.

Historical information

Archaeological report prepared as part of post graduate studies.

Inscriptions & Markings

Camp 1 Conservation Report.

Coin

Tatura Irrigation & Wartime Camps Museum, Tatura

Copper coin with hole in centre featuring motifs and lettering "Internment Camp" on one side and "One Penny", currency value, on the other side.

Historical information

Coin found at Camp 13 when huts were being dismantled and relocated.

Booklets (8) - 75 Years of Templers in Australia

Tatura Irrigation & Wartime Camps Museum, Tatura

Paper Booklet - 56 pages of B/W and coloured photos - ( 8 copies - 6 for sale )

Historical information

Templer History in Australia. Memories of Internment in Australia

Inscriptions & Markings

75 years of Templers in Australia

Book - Irrigation and Water Supply Development in Victoria

Tatura Irrigation & Wartime Camps Museum, Tatura

Buff and blue covered book, showing farmhouse, dairy cattle on front cover, cattle, trees and channel on back

Historical information

History of irrigaton in Victoria. Reference to Eildon Reservoir, Goulburn Weir, Waranga Reservoir, River Murray irrigation systems

book - The Power of Humanity

Tatura Irrigation & Wartime Camps Museum, Tatura

Colour & B/W photos, 327 pages, hard cover

Historical information

100 years of the Australian Red Cross 1914 - 2014 and its service during wars and peacetime

Inscriptions & Markings

100 years of Australian Red Cross 1914 - 2014

Document - "Dem Tagebuch".

Tatura Irrigation & Wartime Camps Museum, Tatura

Grey cardboard covers with red binding secured by cream plastic string, containing paper pages with hand written notes, mostly in German. Scrap book made and bound in Camp 1 with diary entries written fromOctober 1945 to 20.01.1946, by Dr. Neumann during his internment in Camp 1, Tatura.

Historical information

Made in Camp 1, Tatura to contain type written diary by Dr. Neumann, who, from Germany, had been appointed lecturer at Sydney University c.1937, until interned in 1939. This item remained in the possession of his daughter Ingrid until she brought it and presented to the Museum.

Inscriptions & Markings

October 1945 (inside)

Photograph - Davey Funeral

Tatura Irrigation & Wartime Camps Museum, Tatura

Cigarette Case

Tatura Irrigation & Wartime Camps Museum, Tatura

Handmade wooden inlay cigarette box with separate sliding panel at top. Star-like inlay design on front

Historical information

Made by German P.O.W in Camp 13

Report - Objects of the State Rivers and Water Supply Commission

Tatura Irrigation & Wartime Camps Museum, Tatura

Typed reports about water management in Victoria

Photograph

Tatura Irrigation & Wartime Camps Museum, Tatura

Neck Tie

Tatura Irrigation & Wartime Camps Museum, Tatura

woollen tartan, red, royal blue, green and black neck tie.

Historical information

material for the tie was woven from Australian wool on a loom at Camp 1. The material was cut and made into a neck tie and used by Gerda Kazenwadel at Camp 3.

Book - Victoria Government Gazette, 1927

Tatura Irrigation & Wartime Camps Museum, Tatura

Navy cardboard cover, red leather bound spine. Black label, gold writing

Historical information

Government Gazette of Victoria May-August 1927. Used at Shire of Rodney. includes proclamations, appointments, regulations etc.

Painting - Billiards

Tatura Irrigation & Wartime Camps Museum, Tatura

Cartoon like painting depicting men (army garrison soldiers) playing billiards. One man appears to be sitting on the edge of the billiard table. Item unframed.

Historical information

Discovered in 2003 when new owner, Kenneth Gray, of Tatura, noticed the covering paper peeling away on the wall of a galvanised iron shed on his property. He believes that the shed was bought at the internment camp 4 auction conducted by the Commonwealth Government in the early 1950's and transported to the property which he know owns.

Box of childrens books. Camp 3

Tatura Irrigation & Wartime Camps Museum, Tatura

Box of children's books. Camp 3. Ex Palestine German internee Camp 3. WW2 children's books brought from Palestine 1941.

Great Coat

Tatura Irrigation & Wartime Camps Museum, Tatura

Great coat, 9 AMF buttons, 1 plain button. Pleat and belt at the back

Historical information

Australian Military Forces great coats were dyed burgandy and issued to Internees at Camp 3

Lead Dog Statuette

Tatura Irrigation & Wartime Camps Museum, Tatura

Toy dog statuette, made in camp 3 from melted down lead. Some white paint covering.

Historical information

Made in camp 3.

Photograph

Tatura Irrigation & Wartime Camps Museum, Tatura

Tatura Volunteer Fire Brigade

Suitcase

Tatura Irrigation & Wartime Camps Museum, Tatura

Green painted, hessian covered handmade wooden suitcase with metal hendle, clips, locks and corners

Historical information

Made by POW in Camp 13, Murchison

Chisel

Tatura Irrigation & Wartime Camps Museum, Tatura

Moulded wooden handled, metal chisel

Historical information

Used by internees at Camp 3

Inscriptions & Markings

PH

Booklet - One Hundred Years History

Tatura Irrigation & Wartime Camps Museum, Tatura

Red cover. Black writing

Historical information

To record the first 100 years history of St. Germains State School No. 1555. 1875-1975

Inscriptions & Markings

GM Rathbone. Page 1. Presented by Mr. Rathbone at "Noorilam" Murchison. Oct. 19th '75

Video Tape. - SBS Dateline - From All Sides

Tatura Irrigation & Wartime Camps Museum, Tatura

unbranded video tape E30 VHS

Historical information

Tape of Dateline program 6 May 1995. Interviews with Guiliano Hreglich and others. Wartime experiences. Now settled in Australia.

Inscriptions & Markings

Dateline 6 May 1995 "From All Sides" SBS

Pamphlet. - Ky Tours.

Tatura Irrigation & Wartime Camps Museum, Tatura

Yellow a4 sheet folded in two

Historical information

Loaned for copying.

Document. - POW and Internment Camps

Tatura Irrigation & Wartime Camps Museum, Tatura

Blue folder with clear plastic front

Historical information

General information about the Camps. Collected from various sources

Inscriptions & Markings

POW & internment Camps Victoria and SA. 1937 -1947

Match Tin with lid

Tatura Irrigation & Wartime Camps Museum, Tatura

Small tin of wax matches with lid attached ( hinged) and rasp like panel on the bottom for striking the match.

Historical information

Originally held wax vesta matches, used by internees at Camp3

Inscriptions & Markings

Duncans Waterproof Wax Vestas.

Photograph

Tatura Irrigation & Wartime Camps Museum, Tatura

Colour photograph of Tatura War Cemetery with a white cross in the foreground and the brass name plates of those laid to rest from all over Australia.

Historical information

Photographed at the 50th anniversary of the internment of the Templer people.

Toy - Spinning top

Tatura Irrigation & Wartime Camps Museum, Tatura

Wooden hand turned spinning top. Convex shape oon the top. 7 ridges around the centre

Historical information

Made by internee and used by children at Camp 3

Photograph

Tatura Irrigation & Wartime Camps Museum, Tatura

Sepia photo 150 x 110. mounted 260 x 210.

Medal - German

Tatura Irrigation & Wartime Camps Museum, Tatura

German military medal, star shaped with crossed swords, a wreath decoration with the dates1914,1918 in centre. Ribbon black,red & white

Historical information

Possession of POW at Camp13 Murchison

Inscriptions & Markings

L NBG

Book - First Overlanders - Hawdon and Bonney

Tatura Irrigation & Wartime Camps Museum, Tatura

Pale Green front cover depicting inscription on Hawdon monument at Wentworth

Historical information

Written to commemorate the early drovers amnd the use of river crossing near Wentworth. The route was later used by noted explorers - Eyre and Sturt

Decorations - Christmas

Tatura Irrigation & Wartime Camps Museum, Tatura

Walnut shape Christmas decoration made from gold painted lightweight cardboard

Historical information

Used by internees at Camp 3

Calender made in Camp.

Tatura Irrigation & Wartime Camps Museum, Tatura

A4 sized grey paper containing woodcut and callender dates for each month.

Historical information

Made in Camp 3.

Photograph - copy

Tatura Irrigation & Wartime Camps Museum, Tatura

Colour photograph. Wooden sewing box, vases, clock, brooches with shell pictures glued on. Negative no 8.

Historical information

Photographed at Exhibition of POW memorabilia displayed at Templer Home for Aged. Bayswater, Victoria, in 1981.

Brooch, Metal

Tatura Irrigation & Wartime Camps Museum, Tatura

Silver daisy brooch, made from melted down silver coins. Copper safety pin soldered to reverse to enable wearing.

Historical information

Else Oertel was a German internee in Camp 3A from 1940-1945. The brooch was made for her by another internee in the camp. This silver daisy brooch is an example of the ingenuity of the internees in making use of anything at hand & repurposing it for much more than originally intended. Else's daughter, Else-Lore Hukins donated the item.

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.

Box - Small Wooden

Tatura Irrigation & Wartime Camps Museum, Tatura

Small wooden box with brass plaque on top and electric switch attached to the brass, commemorating switching on of district electricity supply.

Historical information

The extension of the S.E.C. supply to country areas of Victoria took place following WW2. Most areas celebrated the occasion with a special 'switching on' function at the local hall. Mrs Downer was the wife of local councillor John Downer.

Inscriptions & Markings

Pres. to Mrs J.E. Downer as a memento of the switching on of electricity at Toolamba, 18/11/1952.

Book - Under Suspicion

Tatura Irrigation & Wartime Camps Museum, Tatura

Olive green soft cover book with picture of Masuko Murakami on the cover. Pink and white text

Historical information

Citizenship and Internment in Australia during the 2nd WW

Booklet - The Leonhard Adam Collection

Tatura Irrigation & Wartime Camps Museum, Tatura

Dark blue soft cover with picture of artefacts on the front and back covers. 3 pages of reproduction of aboriginal artefacts together with list and numbers of artefacts. Printed in English

Historical information

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

Folio - nil

Tatura Irrigation & Wartime Camps Museum, Tatura

Green loose leaved folder containing photocopied newspaper and other articles.