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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 - Grims M'A'rchen

Tatura Irrigation & Wartime Camps Museum, Tatura

Orange coloured hard cover story book. A Girl standing beside a bed with a wolf lying the bed. Blue text. Brown cloth spine

Historical information

Brought from Jaffa, Palestine in 1941

Chair - Wooden

Tatura Irrigation & Wartime Camps Museum, Tatura

Folding wooden chair - slatted seat. Varnished

Historical information

Made by Internee at Camp 3.

Photograph

Tatura Irrigation & Wartime Camps Museum, Tatura

Black and white photograph of Antonio Guerra and friend (Italian POW Camp 13). A backdrop of tents and trees and other notable features.

Historical information

Antonio Guerra was a Italian POW in Camp 13.

Newspaper article. - Tatura Steam Engine.

Tatura Irrigation & Wartime Camps Museum, Tatura

Tatura Guardian article 09.04.2002

buttons

Tatura Irrigation & Wartime Camps Museum, Tatura

Set of six round,polished,wooden shank buttons threaded onto a piece of card

Historical information

Made by Internee,Roland Frank at Camp3 Tatura

Photograph - Cpl. Marcus Wakley, photographic crayon sketc by Robert Hofmann, at Hay Hospital. NSW. 1941.

Tatura Irrigation & Wartime Camps Museum, Tatura

Photo of sketch

Historical information

Sketched while Hofmann was in Camp Hospital, Hay, NSW. 1941.

Painting - Watercolour

Tatura Irrigation & Wartime Camps Museum, Tatura

Framed watercolour painting of rows of barracks at Tatura Internment Camp

Historical information

Dr. Leonhard Adam was an internee Camp 2.

Inscriptions & Markings

Tatura Camp No.3 Victoria Australia 1941

Photograph - copy

Tatura Irrigation & Wartime Camps Museum, Tatura

Black and white photograph of north view of managers residence, Dhurringile Mansion in distance.

Historical information

Managers residence occupied by Mr and Mrs J. Lowry.

Inscriptions & Markings

On back: Nth view managers residence, Dhurringile Mansion

Book - Testing Milk & Its Products

Tatura Irrigation & Wartime Camps Museum, Tatura

Brown paper covered book.

Historical information

Used in early days at Tatura Butter Factory

Inscriptions & Markings

"J E Lockwood 3/3/20" written on first page

Hinge - Door

Tatura Irrigation & Wartime Camps Museum, Tatura

Handmade metal door hinge with 3 holes for fitting

Historical information

Made in Camp 3 by internee

Document- Journal

Tatura Irrigation & Wartime Camps Museum, Tatura

Copy of Australian Jewish Historical Society Journal vol. XXI 2013, Part 3.

Historical information

Published by the Australian Jewish Historical Society, this edition contains articles relevant to the Dunera Association.

Tea Warmer - Dolls

Tatura Irrigation & Wartime Camps Museum, Tatura

Knitted blue and white striped woollen tea warmer, gathered at top with blue crocheted edge

Historical information

Used by Internee at Camp 3

Photograph

Tatura Irrigation & Wartime Camps Museum, Tatura

Black and white photograph of 3 soldiers in front a tent. To left of photo open tent with floor.

Historical information

Army soldiers/guards from Dhurringile.

Folio - Woodcuts Camp 1.

Tatura Irrigation & Wartime Camps Museum, Tatura

Clear front plastic red folder containing pages in plastic sleeves.

Historical information

Prints from woodcuts made in Camp 1 and depicting camp life scenes.

Photograph

Tatura Irrigation & Wartime Camps Museum, Tatura

Sketch of the Dunera boys preparing for the night.

Historical information

One of the many examples of the very many different artists of the Dunera Boys.

Inscriptions & Markings

Preparations for the night

Documents - Application for Grant and Lease

Tatura Irrigation & Wartime Camps Museum, Tatura

Application for Grant for Property at Girgarre East. 4 copies|Application for Lease to JT Daughtery. 2 copies

Historical information

Application for conversion of Leasehold into Freehold as all rents are paid. 19.1.1890. Bank of Victoria.|Lease to JT Daughtery, Commerical Bank 1.3.1879

Cigar Box

Tatura Irrigation & Wartime Camps Museum, Tatura

Wooden cigar box. Picture of sunflower in vase & cigar box on table with lit cigar inside. Box around the picture is embossed / engraved with a pattern. Metal clasp. Metal hinges.

Historical information

Else-Lore and her mother Else Oertel were German internees in Camp 3A from 1940-1945. This box was donated containing some smaller items that were donated. History unknown.

Inscriptions & Markings

(Embossed on lid): villiger Export|(Inside lid): Wenn Mund und Gaumen sich erlaben / muss die Nase auch was haben

Book - Register of Lands 1985-86

Tatura Irrigation & Wartime Camps Museum, Tatura

Red cover, black writing,. black spine. Extra loose leaf attached inside back cover.

Historical information

Lists of water users in Rodney Irrigation area 1985-86 season

Decoration - Christmas

Tatura Irrigation & Wartime Camps Museum, Tatura

Walnut shape christmas decoration made from Gold covered lightweight cardboard

Historical information

Used by internees at Camp 3

Calendar

Tatura Irrigation & Wartime Camps Museum, Tatura

Single date page from 'office' calandar. Printed on both sides. Main feature : Large Red N o. 4 in centre. Top : November (white on black). Sown tag (white on black) beneath (treansation : Sunday). Verse on back

Historical information

Found in book Reg. N. 7356. Property of internee at Camp 3, Tatura

Inscriptions & Markings

43

Document - Baby the Horse Leads a Dog's Life

Tatura Irrigation & Wartime Camps Museum, Tatura

Article from Herald Newspaper concerning unusual behavour of horse

Historical information

An amusing story appearing in Melbourne Herald of animals on Peter Kerrin's farm

photo

Tatura Irrigation & Wartime Camps Museum, Tatura

Group of families standing in front of huts

Historical information

photo taken at camp 3

Photograph.

Tatura Irrigation & Wartime Camps Museum, Tatura

Historical information

Photo loaned for digital copying.

Untitled

Tatura Irrigation & Wartime Camps Museum, Tatura

B. & W. Photo.

Book - Primitive Art

Tatura Irrigation & Wartime Camps Museum, Tatura

Blue-green hard cover book with gold writing down spine. Yellow and white dust cover with black and white printing and drawing of primitive characters in black. Written in English.

Historical information

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

Photograph

Tatura Irrigation & Wartime Camps Museum, Tatura

Historical information

Photos copied from Superintendent Hannan's album.

Photograph

Tatura Irrigation & Wartime Camps Museum, Tatura

Historical information

Photo and newspaper article about Ford car.

Photograph

Tatura Irrigation & Wartime Camps Museum, Tatura

Black and white photo of camp 4 compound.

Historical information

Obtained from State Governmant Lands Department.

Folder - Major Outlet Waranga Basin Upgrading 1999

Tatura Irrigation & Wartime Camps Museum, Tatura

Red plastic cover, white label, black writing

Historical information

Photos of various stages of upgrading construction of Waranga Basin. Also contains photos of Research Station and Tatura Museum with new fence in 1999

Photograph - copy

Tatura Irrigation & Wartime Camps Museum, Tatura

Colour photograph of painting of barracks by Gehalt Von Herr Breckwold. Negative no. 18.

Historical information

Tatura internment camp built during WW2. Photograph taken at exhibition of Camp memorabilia displayed at Temple Home for Aged, Bayswater, Victoria, in 1981.

Inscriptions & Markings

name of artist

Book - Family life in Tatura Internment Camps during World War 11

Tatura Irrigation & Wartime Camps Museum, Tatura

Spiral bound clear plastic front, black plastic back.

Historical information

Thesis written by Sarah McDonald on "Family Life in Australia Internment Camps during WW2

Book - The 1944 Cowra Incident by Captain W. H. J. Phillips OAM Ed

Tatura Irrigation & Wartime Camps Museum, Tatura

Book by Captain W. H. J. Phillips

Historical information

Story of the Cowra incident in 1944

Inscriptions & Markings

From the series Living History

Wooden Templateof Camp 3

Tatura Irrigation & Wartime Camps Museum, Tatura

Wooden barbwire 8 sided outline of Camp 2. Copper wire loop

Historical information

Made by ex-internee for Museum

Bangle

Tatura Irrigation & Wartime Camps Museum, Tatura

Yellowish coloured material (bone??) round bangle, with metal hinge and clasp (brass??)

Photograph

Tatura Irrigation & Wartime Camps Museum, Tatura

Photograph & Notes.

Tatura Irrigation & Wartime Camps Museum, Tatura

Coloured photo , two pencil sketches and two printed descriptions, one in German.

photo - Sunday School Picnic 1943

Tatura Irrigation & Wartime Camps Museum, Tatura

Sunday School Picnic at Tatura Racecourse, 1943. Group photo, featuring women, men, youths and children. Also features a soldier in uniform.

Recorder

Tatura Irrigation & Wartime Camps Museum, Tatura

Handmade dark brown wooden recorder

Historical information

Made by Internees at Camp 3, Tatura. The material was selected from firewood. Erich Buloch tuned the recorders to a perfect pitch

Sketch

Tatura Irrigation & Wartime Camps Museum, Tatura

Historical information

Painted by G Rosenkranz at Camp 13

Inscriptions & Markings

Finnigan's farm at Graytown

Photographs - Frank Collection of copies of Camp 3 Photographs.

Tatura Irrigation & Wartime Camps Museum, Tatura

Copies of mainly 10 x 8 cms. sepia photographs

brooch

Tatura Irrigation & Wartime Camps Museum, Tatura

Beaten metal(appears made from Australian coin)brooch.Leaf with flower and flower bud

Historical information

Made by Internee at Camp 3 Tatura

Book - Beyond All Hate

Tatura Irrigation & Wartime Camps Museum, Tatura

Red hard cover book. Gold printing on spine and front cover.

Historical information

Written by Major James Sullivan to record the setting up and history of Japanese POW's in Camp 4.

Photograph.

Tatura Irrigation & Wartime Camps Museum, Tatura

B & W. photos.

Historical information

Photographs taken by Mrs. Craven.

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.

Sandals

Tatura Irrigation & Wartime Camps Museum, Tatura

A pair of open toed leather lattice sandals fastened with a ankle strap and metal buckle, metal toe caps with 5 tacks attached to sole. Leather sole has been replaced

Historical information

Made by internee at Camp 1

Sketch

Tatura Irrigation & Wartime Camps Museum, Tatura

Army hut, 4 windows, door midway, tree partly covering door, lady in ankle length approaching door. A rainwater tank is on the end of the hut which has a central brown door with 4 1/2 brown stripes. Behind is a long pole and fence. The windows are yellow as are tall flowers along the side. Yellow wooden frame.

Inscriptions & Markings

Anni Lorenz und ihrer mutter frau Martha Graze zur erinnerung an labutt (?). Bottom left hand corner in Hospital Camp 3. Tatura Aust. 1941-1943 DV or 1943. B Comp C D S Tat.

Photographs

Tatura Irrigation & Wartime Camps Museum, Tatura

Photograph

Tatura Irrigation & Wartime Camps Museum, Tatura

Photograph - Mr. & Mrs. Williams

Tatura Irrigation & Wartime Camps Museum, Tatura

Mr. & Mrs. Williams

Photograph

Tatura Irrigation & Wartime Camps Museum, Tatura