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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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5346 items

5346 items

Photograph. - Walshe Street

Tatura Irrigation & Wartime Camps Museum, Tatura

Historical information

Walshe Street from Albert Street on left, c.1900? Possible railway refreshment room at left, shops in Casey Street..

Belt - Macrame

Tatura Irrigation & Wartime Camps Museum, Tatura

Handwoven ladies macrame belt. Green bakelite buckle

Historical information

Made by internee at Camp3

Book - HMAS Sydney

Tatura Irrigation & Wartime Camps Museum, Tatura

128 page book on HMAS Sydney. Paperback book. Orange cover with picture of HMAS Sydney on it.

Historical information

The graphic story of a famous Australian fighting ships greatest actions and her most tragic mistake.

Photograph - copy - Queen Elizabeth 11 visit 1954

Tatura Irrigation & Wartime Camps Museum, Tatura

Black and white photograph of welcome sign for Queen Elizabeth 11 visit 1954.

Historical information

Photograph taken from Commercial Hotel balcony, of decorations and welcome sign, in Hogan Street, Tatura, for Queen's visit, 1954.

Inscriptions & Markings

on back: Royal visit 1954

Audio Tape - Phil Sadler's talk to T & D Historical Society on internment of German/Australian civilians

Tatura Irrigation & Wartime Camps Museum, Tatura

Audio tape HG 60

Historical information

Phil Sadler's talk to T & D Historical Society on internment of German/Australian civilians in 1939 and subsequent war experiences - two sides.

Inscriptions & Markings

Phil Sadler Tatura Historical Society

Folder - Internee Recollections

Tatura Irrigation & Wartime Camps Museum, Tatura

Photos and articles re return visit to WW2 internment camp Tatura Museum German War Cemetery.

Historical information

Karl Hilgenfeldt was a German national working in Persia (Iran) in 1930's, interned by British, transported to Australia in 1941, interned Loveday Camp until January 1944, transferred to Camp 1 Tatura and released in late 1946. Return visit to Tatura in May 1994. News journalist interview/personal recollections.

Inscriptions & Markings

Karl Hillgenfeldt of Sydney returned to camp 1 Tatura The Museum and German war graves May 1994

Booklet - River Improvement & Land Drainage

Tatura Irrigation & Wartime Camps Museum, Tatura

Grey cover, black writing. Includes fold out maps

Historical information

River improvement and land drainage and flood protection with spectial reference to the nature and operation of land drainage legislation in Great Britain 1952

Bullet

Tatura Irrigation & Wartime Camps Museum, Tatura

1 bullet (set of 4 identical) unloaded

Historical information

Found at POW camp 13 site post war by war time guard. Contained in a gold coloured material covered display box.

Inscriptions & Markings

MF 43 9mm

Folder - Alois Murr.

Tatura Irrigation & Wartime Camps Museum, Tatura

Yellow plastic folder with sleeves.

Historical information

Material collected by friend, Eric Bolwell. Records and reports of Alois Murr, German Lanz Tractor expert interned in Camp 1, until release for War work.

Inscriptions & Markings

Alois Murr.

Photograph - Rodney Shire 1906

Tatura Irrigation & Wartime Camps Museum, Tatura

Newspaper Articles - Olympic Torch Relay

Tatura Irrigation & Wartime Camps Museum, Tatura

Newspaper articles. 6 of 6 items relating to 2000 Olympic torn relay especially through Tatura.

Historical information

These objects were distributed to runners in the torch relay for the 2000 Olympic games in Australia. Tony Ford in this case. Newspaper reports have been collected following the event. The relay passed through Tatura on the 27 July 2000.

Folio - St. Mary's College

Tatura Irrigation & Wartime Camps Museum, Tatura

Project comp. 1951 re history of Tatura and its "Future" place in Murray Valley

Historical information

Folio produced as an entry to project comp. 1951 by students, as recorded on final page. Presented to Museum by SR. Kathleen RSM

Inscriptions & Markings

College crest

Can - Watering

Tatura Irrigation & Wartime Camps Museum, Tatura

Oval shaped metal watering can with removable rose (spray) head. 2 stays between can and outlet to spray head. Small bolt holds one side on top handle in place

Historical information

Possibly made by Fritz Trefz or Fritz Kazenwadel in Camp 3

Photograph - HMAS "Sydney

Tatura Irrigation & Wartime Camps Museum, Tatura

Historical information

Photo 1: Signed photograph of HMAS "Sydney"|Photos 2 & 3: Admiralty cable reporting possible loss of HMAS "Sydney"|Copy of cable received from the British Admiralty re "Kormoran".

Photograph - copy - Tatura People

Tatura Irrigation & Wartime Camps Museum, Tatura

Sepia copy of large group of Tatura people, possibly in Fitzroy gardens c 1930. 2 copies 1 on display.

Historical information

Original photo by Elsie M. Dicker, photographer, 10 Armadale Street, Northcote. Only names known: Barn Parker, Uncle of Mr Rube Parker.

Inscriptions & Markings

Taturaites Picnic

Photograph

Tatura Irrigation & Wartime Camps Museum, Tatura

Camp 13, Camp Road, Murchison, Victoria. Two concrete memorials, pine tree background, prickly pear growing beside memorials.

Historical information

Camp 13, Italian compound, two concrete memorials to fallen comrades.

Telephone - Field - Telephone

Tatura Irrigation & Wartime Camps Museum, Tatura

Khaki coloured heavy metal box with a strap holder on each end and a hinged lid. A clip to close is attached with a screw. A wide canvas strap for carrying, is attached. A clip to close is attached with a screw on the front of the box. The box is fitted out with a field telephone and instructions for use printed on a brass plate inside the lid. One of two (L3462).

Historical information

Von Devonie Bromley was in the AWAS, signaler, driver, in Nhill, Victoria, in WW2. The field telephone (army issued) was used during her war service.

Inscriptions & Markings

Tele set S MK V 842

Photograph

Tatura Irrigation & Wartime Camps Museum, Tatura

Camp 13, Camp Road, Murchison, Victoria. Red gum globe of the world on carved stand

Historical information

Camp 13 artifact (photographed) red gum globe of world on carved stand made by POW. Purchased by Guard George Campbell. As at 1989 in Campbell's WW2 army collection.

Book - History of Waranga Basin

Tatura Irrigation & Wartime Camps Museum, Tatura

Soft cardboard buff colour cover with brown printing. Map of Waranga Basins and surrounds in deeper colour. Details of Basin ie. depth and area etc. On back of cover photo of outlet and inlet of Waranga Basin

Historical information

History of Waranga Basin

Photograph

Tatura Irrigation & Wartime Camps Museum, Tatura

Colour photograph of wooden carpenter planes, wooden jewel cases and on left a table on which is a portion of a beanie or tea cosy. Coloured red with a black and brown circle and brown/faune lining.

Historical information

Made in Camp 3, possibly originally part of the 4 x 4 red gum which supported the shed.

Video Tape - Unedited interviews with former internees, prisoners of war, garrison and nursing service.

Tatura Irrigation & Wartime Camps Museum, Tatura

Photograph - Neil Lowe c1990s

Tatura Irrigation & Wartime Camps Museum, Tatura

Neil Lowe, Manager, Tatura Milk Products, c1990s.

Video - Templers in Australia 50th Anniversary. Tatura 1991

Tatura Irrigation & Wartime Camps Museum, Tatura

Black video tape inside a white plastic case. Blue text 3 hours 45 mins.

Historical information

A VHS tape recording the 50th Anniversary of Templers in Australia at Tatura 1991

Photograph - Dr. Park Memorial Clock Tower

Tatura Irrigation & Wartime Camps Museum, Tatura

Historical information

Hogan Street c.1950, with Dr. Park Memorial Clock Tower & other buildings (2 copies)

Booklet - Shire of Rodney Annual Report 1992-1993

Tatura Irrigation & Wartime Camps Museum, Tatura

Dark blue and cream mottled cover. White writing, bridge scene in circle on front. Interpretation of Fruit Connection, Mooroopna, by Don Briggs, Aboriginal artist, Yorta Yorta Tribe, on back

Historical information

Annual Report 1992-1993. Includes Shire President, Cr. Cherie Crawford's report, photos of Councillors, information available, range of services, financial report

Folder - Courage to Care

Tatura Irrigation & Wartime Camps Museum, Tatura

Blue plastic folder with a clear front cover. Pages held in place with 2 gold coloured metal spikes

Historical information

Exhibition of Paintings on loan from Professor louis Waller. AO

Sketch - Lead Pencil - Jean Tenant by K Winkler

Tatura Irrigation & Wartime Camps Museum, Tatura

Lead pencil sketch. Head and shoulders profile. Subject is Jean Tenant. Artist is Kurt Winkler. This was drawn in September 1941 at Tatura, but is a photocopy in wooden frame . Artist has signed the original.

Inscriptions & Markings

Kurt Winkler Tatura September '41.

Folder - Irrigation Structures

Tatura Irrigation & Wartime Camps Museum, Tatura

Grey plastic cover, black spine. Title label inside

Historical information

Photos of Waranga Basin outlet. Construction of new Torrumbarry Weir 1997 and newspaper report of Hume Dam and other Rural Water information.

Photograph - Italian Internees

Tatura Irrigation & Wartime Camps Museum, Tatura

Inscriptions & Markings

Black and white photograph of 10, 4 seated Italian internees. 3rd from left Marco Gazzi, Barolomeo Rabaiotti, G. Lusardi, ? seated, Louis Fulgoni, Joe Rossi, Barbuti, Mario Rabaiotti. The number 169 front right

Tray

Tatura Irrigation & Wartime Camps Museum, Tatura

carved wooden rectangular tray

Historical information

made in Camp 3 by internees with wood from wood heap