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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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5270 items

5270 items

Book - Stories My Grandma Told Me

Tatura Irrigation & Wartime Camps Museum, Tatura

Cream cover, brown writing. Oval picture of Elizabeth Susan Symons on 50th Wedding anniversary. Age 70.

Historical information

Written to show future generations the conditions and lifestyle of first 3 or 4 generations of the families. Contains many photographs of farm life, family and school groups. Also contains loose leaf page of stockists where book available and newspaper cutting, copy, information on book. G. Symons was also the first supplier of souvenir tea towels we had for sale at the Museum.

Dress

Tatura Irrigation & Wartime Camps Museum, Tatura

Orange cotton bodice, embroidered with flowers on the bodice. Short puffed sleeves, slightly gathered long cream cotton skirt attached. Dark brown lacing down centre front of bodice. Traditional dress worn for folk dancing.

Historical information

Used by Templer girls at Camp 3

Folio - "Hachshara" Jewish training farm history

Tatura Irrigation & Wartime Camps Museum, Tatura

Photocopied extracts re agricultural pursuits plus copies of photographic record of activities

Historical information

Newspaper report re establishment and continuation of "Hachshara". Toolamba Rd. near Mooroopna. Jewish (Hebrew) Training Farm

Awards|Certificates|Plaques - Achievement awards and certificates

Tatura Irrigation & Wartime Camps Museum, Tatura

Various framed plaques and certificates presented to the Tatura Museum, framed in variety of frames, wood, glass and metal.

Historical information

Various plaques and framed certificates awarded to the Musuem from 2001 onwards

Photograph

Tatura Irrigation & Wartime Camps Museum, Tatura

Black and white photo of camp 4 compound.

Historical information

Obtained from State Governmant Lands Department.

Document. - Transfer from Camp 14

Tatura Irrigation & Wartime Camps Museum, Tatura

Black folder containing photocopied lists of Germans transferred by train from Loveday, South Australia, to Camp 1. All in plastic sleeves

Historical information

Lists received from Migration Museum Archive, in Adelaide.

Inscriptions & Markings

Transfer from Camp 14, a Compound, Loveday SA

Painting

Tatura Irrigation & Wartime Camps Museum, Tatura

Framed painting of the Musicians practice room. A small hut front door and window at right angles to the large army hut. A man in white shirt and hat and yellow shorts stands to the left adjacent to the window

Historical information

Watercolour of Camp 1 hut "Home". Musicians practice room

Inscriptions & Markings

Hans Zenker

Photograph - Rotary Exchange Student 1975

Tatura Irrigation & Wartime Camps Museum, Tatura

Historical information

Rotary Exchange Student 1975.|Tomoko Suzuki from Tokyo, Japan.|3. Tomoko & Tokuji Hosoda with baby Yoshinori 1 month & grandmothers, 1983|4. Arthur Knee, Tomoko Suzuki & Lurline Knee, 1980.|5. Wedding of Tomoko & Tokuji Hosada, 1982.|6. Tomoko with Yoshinori & Kenji, 1988.

Booklet - Treatment of Prisoners of War in WW2.|Australians in Germany and|Germans in Australia

Tatura Irrigation & Wartime Camps Museum, Tatura

Plastic covers. Clear plastic front and black plastic back. Black Printing

Historical information

Written as a recorded comparison of the treatment of Prisoners of war during WW2 of Australians in Germany and Germans in Australia

Video Tape - Tatura Camp 3 Revisited by Dr. Theo Baer

Tatura Irrigation & Wartime Camps Museum, Tatura

Historical information

Tatura Camp 3 Revisited by Dr. Theo Baer, former internee from New Guinea.

Book - Primitivna Umetnost

Tatura Irrigation & Wartime Camps Museum, Tatura

Brown and cream hard cover book with red writing on the spine. Brown and cream dust cover with primitive art and writing on the front and spine. 40 pages of reproductions

Historical information

Dr. Leonhard Adam studied both Anthropology and Jurisdiction as a young man. Dr. Leonhard Adam's daughter, Mary Clare Adam Murvitz presented this collection of her Father's printed archival material to Tatura Museum on 17.2.2006. In 1934 he fled from Germany seeking refuge in England. In 1940 he was interned as a security risk in England, sent to Australia in June, 1940. Interned in Camp 2 until 1942, released to Melbourne University where he catalogued aboriginal artefacts.

Book - Study of Bearded Dragon Lizard

Tatura Irrigation & Wartime Camps Museum, Tatura

Hard cover loose leaf book with hand written notes in German script. Also features magazine cuttings/articles, in English. Held together with piece of thin white tape inserted through punched holes in cloth spine. 2 x separate articles in pockets on 3rd from back end page.

Historical information

Book is a compilation of notes on the study of bearded dragon lizards compiled by Adolf Wilke, former POW at Camp 13, Murchison. Separate article about the Goanna is from the magazine "walkabout" 1st October 1943.

Booklet - RHSV Journal

Tatura Irrigation & Wartime Camps Museum, Tatura

Yellow cardboard cover. list of contents on front cover. 222nd issue. Vol. 57 No. 1, March 1986

Historical information

Articles on Antartic Museum, Mawson story, New Kelly letter and others

Folio - Behind Barbed Wire in Australia

Tatura Irrigation & Wartime Camps Museum, Tatura

Blue folio containing photographed printed material in plastic sleeves.

Video Tape - Search for the "Sydney". "Sydney" "Kormoran" 60 years on

Tatura Irrigation & Wartime Camps Museum, Tatura

Hot Water Bottle cover

Tatura Irrigation & Wartime Camps Museum, Tatura

Hot Water Bottle Cover, Baglike in shape with blanket stitiching opening & drawstring.Material is a grey colour with a pale striped pattern

Historical information

Made from blanket like material by internee at camp 3 Tatura, used there by internees

Book - From Chock & Log to Rolltop

Tatura Irrigation & Wartime Camps Museum, Tatura

Mottled beige cover, brown writing. Toolamba West School song on back, composed in 1976. On the front cover is an abstract drawing designed by Trevor Williams depiciting the three schools

Historical information

Written to preserve the history of 100 years of Toolamba South State School No. 2728, now Toolamba West Primary School, 1885-1985. A chock and log fence was first. Present fence is rolltop

Wood Plane

Tatura Irrigation & Wartime Camps Museum, Tatura

Handmade dark brown solid wood, polished plane with metal cuting plate and stud

Historical information

Made by internee at Camp3, Tatura and used there as a carpentry handtool

Blouse

Tatura Irrigation & Wartime Camps Museum, Tatura

White cotton blouse. Handmade lace yoke and sleeves. 6 small buttons on opening at back

Historical information

Made by internee in Camp 3

Booklet - Rotary Club of Tatura 40 Years of Service

Tatura Irrigation & Wartime Camps Museum, Tatura

Blue cover, black writing, 1962-2002. Rotary Badge, map of Australia, including sign showing Tatura with irrigation, dairying, horticulture.

Historical information

History of 40 years of service of Tatura by Rotary Club, including lists of office bearers and members, establishment of Moyola group.

Folder - Coral Sea Battle.

Tatura Irrigation & Wartime Camps Museum, Tatura

Black folio with printed material in plastic sleeves.

Historical information

Material collected from the Townsville Maritime Museum.

Booklet - Find out about Finland

Tatura Irrigation & Wartime Camps Museum, Tatura

Booklet

Document - "Dem Tagebuch"

Tatura Irrigation & Wartime Camps Museum, Tatura

Scrap book made and bound in Camp 1 with diary entries written from October 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 1939. This item remained in the possession of his daughter Ingrid until she presented it to the Museum.

Inscriptions & Markings

October 1945 (inside)

Booklet - Sonderdruck aus der Festschrift Eduard Seler

Tatura Irrigation & Wartime Camps Museum, Tatura

Light brown card cover with dark brown spine. Brown printing. German text

Historical information

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

Inscriptions & Markings

Stuttgart 1921

Painting - Watercolour

Tatura Irrigation & Wartime Camps Museum, Tatura

Watercolour painting of 1 hut, 4 part huts and 11 trees painted on card. Brown and gold frame, support type.

Historical information

A gift to Noemi Vendramini by an Internee.

Inscriptions & Markings

To Noemi Vendramini for her 21st birthday. January 19 1945 L. Poggioli. LP 44 No2 Internment Camp, Tatura.

Photograph - Georg Rosenkranz

Tatura Irrigation & Wartime Camps Museum, Tatura

Historical information

Photos sent to accompany sketches given to Museum by Georg Rosenkranz.

Photograph - Appleby Collection

Tatura Irrigation & Wartime Camps Museum, Tatura

Historical information

Camp 13 Garrison.|Appleby Collection.|Australian Womens Army Service, AWAS. A.W.A.S.|4 Photos.

Photograph - William Rooney

Tatura Irrigation & Wartime Camps Museum, Tatura

Historical information

William Rooney, First Secretary Engineer to the Shire of Rodney.|Rodney Shire|Tatura

Photograph - coloured - Irrigation Research Institute Staff 1985

Tatura Irrigation & Wartime Camps Museum, Tatura

Coloured photograph in wooden varnished frame. 73 people. Trees and buildings in background. Peoples names included along base of photograph. Glass cover in frame.

Historical information

Staff photograph of Irrigation Research Institute October 1985

Inscriptions & Markings

Names of people, date and location.

Booklet - HMAS Sydney

Tatura Irrigation & Wartime Camps Museum, Tatura

White, green and brown front cover. Picture of Sydney Harbour. Picture of HMAS Sydney and small picture of bugler in front of memorial at Geraldton on back cover.

Historical information

a tribute to those who perished.