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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.

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5331 items

5331 items

buckles

Tatura Irrigation & Wartime Camps Museum, Tatura

Two round wooden buckles with a single bar across(open)centre,one a darker colour,the other lighter colour.Both are attached with cotton to a piece of card

Historical information

Made by Internee Roland Frank at Camp 3 Tatura(Compound B)

Buckle - Wooden

Tatura Irrigation & Wartime Camps Museum, Tatura

Wooden rectangular buckle. Rounded on long sides. Bar across the centre.

Historical information

made by Karl Streker as an internee at camp 3.

Book. - A Story is Told by Str. Mary Cabrini Fontana.

Tatura Irrigation & Wartime Camps Museum, Tatura

CD - Tatura Museum Field Day

Tatura Irrigation & Wartime Camps Museum, Tatura

Silver CD with darker silver text. Title in green text. Clear and black plastic case.

Historical information

Photographs of a field day held at Tatura Museum.

Photograph

Tatura Irrigation & Wartime Camps Museum, Tatura

Camp 13, Camp Road, Murchison, Victoria. Concrete pit and tangled barbed wire.

Historical information

Camp 13, concrete pit, rolled barbed wire, near site of Camp 13 administration area.

Photograph - Mills' Garage; Croom & Beckwith's Blacksmith & Wheelwright

Tatura Irrigation & Wartime Camps Museum, Tatura

Mills' Garage; Croom & Beckwith's Blacksmith & Wheelwright, Hogan Street, c1925.

Photograph - Tatura Football Team 1946

Tatura Irrigation & Wartime Camps Museum, Tatura

Black and white photograph of Tatura Football 2nd eighteen Sunday team 1946. Copy. Original 261.1.

Historical information

Tatura 2nd 18 Sunday football team: B. Cummins, R. Connors, S. Chance, G. Revell, M. Dowell (goal umpire), M. Hogan, N. Colliver (trainer), B. Quinn, B. Alexander, E. (Ted) Normington, V. Cummins, M. Harding, M. Keating, A. McDonald, M. Huggard, P. Grant, G. Huggard, N. Williams, J. Corrigan.

Inscriptions & Markings

on back: Tatura 2nd 18, 1946 Sunday team. Names (see below).

Book - The People

Tatura Irrigation & Wartime Camps Museum, Tatura

Blue green orange cover. Ron Donaldson and grand daughter. Unilever kcolumn. part of collage "Columns Park" walk. Painted by John Licciardo and Di Watts

Historical information

The People Australia Day and all that Tatura and District. Listing stories about Australia Day Citizen awards from Tatura and District 1972 - 2006.

Photograph - Fire Brigade -1939 Ballarat Demonstration Drill Contest

Tatura Irrigation & Wartime Camps Museum, Tatura

1939 Ballarat Demonstration Drill Contest.First in "C" Category. Back Row: T. Hogan, T Hunter, M Cussen, L Mitchell. Front Row. E Lockwood, W Day, M Pritchard, M Hogan and E Mitchell.

Photograph - Tatura Butter Factory personel

Tatura Irrigation & Wartime Camps Museum, Tatura

Historical information

Tatura Butter Factory personal, ? ;Bruce M.H.R. & Mrs Lloyd; Noel & Yvonne Russel; ? ;| Tatura Butter Factory personal, "Tib" Reilly; ? ; Mr. Fraser; Joe Ford

Photograph - Sacred Heart Church 1912

Tatura Irrigation & Wartime Camps Museum, Tatura

Black and white photograph of Sacred Heart Church and 1st Presbytery. c 1912. Also gardens.

Egg Cups

Tatura Irrigation & Wartime Camps Museum, Tatura

Two wooden egg cups made of redgum turned on lathe

Historical information

made in camp 3 by Rudolf Hoefer, an internee

Book - The Inlander

Tatura Irrigation & Wartime Camps Museum, Tatura

Blue cover, title in gold print.Number 19,sketches of plane, camels and vehicle on front. Blue writing on back.

Significance

Information on Australian Inland mission est 1913 by Presbyterian Church. Photos of early transport, hospitals and Alice Springs.

Photograph - Goulburn Waranga Main Channel Construction

Tatura Irrigation & Wartime Camps Museum, Tatura

Large black and white photograph dry mounted on to cream board. Landscape scene depicting newly excavated ground with solitary man within scene.

Historical information

Taken by photographer for State Rivers and Water Supply Commission.

Inscriptions & Markings

Below photograph: "GOULBURN WARANGA MAIN CHANNEL CONSTRUCTION / CHANNEL EXCAVATION AND BEACHING / LOOKING DOWNSTREAM"

Water Wheel Accuracy Tester

Tatura Irrigation & Wartime Camps Museum, Tatura

A clear tube with sand inside - similar to an egg timer. Used to measure the accuracy of water wheels over a half minute or less. Measurements marked on outside and related to one revolution. The blue scales relate to small meter outlets(wheels), yellow scales related to large meter outlets(wheels).

Historical information

Used by State Rivers and Water Supply Commission prior to their privatisation about 1990.

Inscriptions & Markings

Figures of rates relating to measurement of water in one revolution.

Painting - Water Colour - Fryers Street Primary School

Tatura Irrigation & Wartime Camps Museum, Tatura

Timber framed watercolour painting of Fryers Street Primary School

Historical information

The artist Be Colechin was born in Tatura. Not limited to just painting, Be is also a writer, music composer, playwright and has worked and acted in various reportory companies for 15 years.

Photograph - copy

Tatura Irrigation & Wartime Camps Museum, Tatura

B & W. Guard Tower, three army trucks and army personnel. Large tree in background.

Historical information

Guards on duty in tower. Trucks laden with prisoners. Guards and drivers standing beside trucks.

Binder - St. Mary's College

Tatura Irrigation & Wartime Camps Museum, Tatura

Black plastic linen like cover. Metal binder clips inside

Historical information

Collection of photos and list of Sisters of Mercy from Convent, Tatura. 2 Deb photos including many past pupils

Sports Shield - LaPeyre Sports Shield

Tatura Irrigation & Wartime Camps Museum, Tatura

Timber backing with silver shield and 29 small shields showing winning school and date. Timber backing mounted on timber base.

Historical information

The shield was donated by Tatura Chemist Mr Trevor LaPeyre for competition by district schools annually at Tatura Showgrounds. Trophy held by winning school for 12 months. Dhurringile is the only competing school not mentioned on winners plaques.

Inscriptions & Markings

Tatura and District S.S. Sports Assoc. Annual Competition

Photograph

Tatura Irrigation & Wartime Camps Museum, Tatura

Dr Smith at entrance to Tatura Bush Nursing Hospital 1940

Historical information

Dr Smith took over from Dr Park and sold the practice to Dr Lally

Book - Arte Primitiva

Tatura Irrigation & Wartime Camps Museum, Tatura

Pale grey hard cover with black and green printing on front and spine of book. 40 pages of reproductions. Written in German

Historical information

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

Book - Family History - Family History Research in the Central Goldfields of Victoria

Tatura Irrigation & Wartime Camps Museum, Tatura

Hard cover book of research information for Victorian Goldfields

Historical information

Comprehensive lists of sources of research information for Victorian Goldfields - Ballarat, Bendigo and beyond.

Folio - HSK "Kormoran"

Tatura Irrigation & Wartime Camps Museum, Tatura

Black two ring folder with photographs and paper articles in plastic sleeves.

Historical information

Material donated by various.

Folder

Tatura Irrigation & Wartime Camps Museum, Tatura

Loose leaves of collection of letters, copies of certificates and photos

Historical information

Records obtained by Francis John Kreuzberger, grandson of Ernst Kreuzberger, in the years from 2000, who was interned in Camp 1 on 5th June, 1940

Booklet - Zierstiche

Tatura Irrigation & Wartime Camps Museum, Tatura

Illustrated instruction booklet in German (old Gothic script) Vorlage 29, showing needlework stitches. Front cover edged in blue with pattern (various stitches) in orange

Historical information

Used by internees at Camp 3, Tatura

Inscriptions & Markings

Front cover "Fraugotthilf Kalten Bach Fackl?? Lager 3, Tatura

Book - Art Captured

Tatura Irrigation & Wartime Camps Museum, Tatura

Oblong book. Colourfui sketch of Hans-Wolter von Gruenewaldt on cover as he sketches scenes from Camp 13.

Historical information

This is the art work of Hans-Wolder von Gruenewaldt and relates to his time when incarcerated as a Refugee in Camp 13 Murchison during World War 2. His personal story covering the years 1939 to 1947, was written by the author in March 1961 and translated into English by his son Axel von Gruenewaldt. His artwork, images and supporting material, was compiled and formatted by Kay Ball, President, Murchison and District Historical Society Inc

Inscriptions & Markings

Hans- Wolter von Gruenewaldt .Prisoner of War Camp 13 Murchison: his story and his art.

Book - Victorian Readers Eighth Book

Tatura Irrigation & Wartime Camps Museum, Tatura

Hard cardboard and linen buff coloured cover with black printing

Historical information

Book used in schools for reading

Inscriptions & Markings

Lynette Ratcliffe, Form 2a NHS

Document - Twenty newspaper and other extracts

Tatura Irrigation & Wartime Camps Museum, Tatura

Historical information

Twenty newspaper and other extracts.|Photo 1 & 2.Newspaper articles on interview Archie Wilson with Tom Nevett.|Various newspaper articles on John West, rate book information.|Photo 14. Log hut on J.D.Love's property.|Photo 15. Log and other early fencing.

Book - Templers in Australia- 50th Anniversary Celebration Tatura 21-22 September 1991.

Tatura Irrigation & Wartime Camps Museum, Tatura

Pamphlet - Get Hooked on Tatura

Tatura Irrigation & Wartime Camps Museum, Tatura

2 pamphlets. Black and white sketches of cars in traffic jam promoting Tatura to visit and relax, on front, Tatura and relax - in red on back. Map of Tatura and list of industries and tourist sites

Historical information

Pamphlets to rpomote Tatura as a great place to visit with golf and bowls, tennis, horse racing and Waranga basin nearby