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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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5336 items

5336 items

Photograph - Lila Brisbane at Senior Citizens Clubrooms

Tatura Irrigation & Wartime Camps Museum, Tatura

Mrs Lila Brisbane and Harold Downie at Senior Citizens Clubrooms

Book - Rabbits & Spaghetti

Tatura Irrigation & Wartime Camps Museum, Tatura

Black/grey light card cover with cream rectangle encasing title and a picture of a truck loaded with produce.

Historical information

Dedicated to the remarkable spiriit of kindness and humanity, which, in the middle of one of history's worst wars, enabled so many men and women to see strangers not as the enemy but as fellow human beings.

Inscriptions & Markings

Rabbits and Spaghetti

Sketch - Happy Birthdy to Paul Schlesinger

Tatura Irrigation & Wartime Camps Museum, Tatura

Historical information

Birthday present to Paul Schlesinger. Black ink sketch by Meilich, of four poker players, a gift to Paul Schlesinger in Camp 3, on the occasion of his birthday. Tatura, 18th. Jan. 1941.

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

Folder - Overseas Internees

Tatura Irrigation & Wartime Camps Museum, Tatura

Blue back plastic covered folder.

Historical information

Account of internees received in Australia of the Dunera Boys, 10 July 1940. England to Australia 27 August 1940 and from Middle East. Ex Foreign Legion, from Singapore.Probably copied from Archives in Canberra.

Tray Cloth

Tatura Irrigation & Wartime Camps Museum, Tatura

calico tray cloth, embroidered in many colours, around the 4 edges with scenes depicting the progressive exodus of the Templers from Palestine to Australia by bus, train, camel, and super liner the Queen Elizabeth.|Sydney Harbour Bridge, Army personnel and unique Australian fauna.|In the centre is an embroidered map of Australia.|Around the map are the words:|Tatura|Camp 3|1942|Victoria

Historical information

Calico brought from Palestine and embroidered in camp 3 by 14year old Anne Marie Treftz (now Mrs Anne Marie Reugg)

Inscriptions & Markings

Around the Map of Australia- words Tatura- Camp 3- 1942- Victoria

Book - Fabric of Society. The Templer Journey. An Embroidered History

Tatura Irrigation & Wartime Camps Museum, Tatura

Beige soft cover book with 2 street scenes on the front cover and a large rural scene on the back cover

Historical information

This book covers in word and pictures the vision, the evolution and the creationof "The Templer Society - Fabric of Society

Photograph - Crawford Homestead

Tatura Irrigation & Wartime Camps Museum, Tatura

Video Tape. - Taped talk to the Tatura & District Historical Society by John

Tatura Irrigation & Wartime Camps Museum, Tatura

Historical information

Taped talk to the Tatura & District Historical Society by John ? who conducted a forensic investigation on the Carley Float, thought to have been washed off HMAS "Sydney" in its battle with HSK "Kormoran" in 1941.

Meat Tenderiser

Tatura Irrigation & Wartime Camps Museum, Tatura

Woooden handle and wooden head. 3 lines marked on head

Historical information

Made and used by Internees at Camp 3

Photograph - copy - Royal Visit 1954

Tatura Irrigation & Wartime Camps Museum, Tatura

Black and white copy of photograph of welcome sign at corner of Hogan and Fraser Streets, Tatura, for Royal visit 1954.

Historical information

Photograph of decorative archway erected by Tatura Agricultural Society to greet the Queen. Victory Hall portico, on left, Youngs' Cafe and residence on right.

Inscriptions & Markings

on back: Royal Visit 1954

Photograph

Tatura Irrigation & Wartime Camps Museum, Tatura

Colour photo of a caricature painting by Hans Walter von Gruenewaldt depicting Egyption Sheikh riding a donkey. The donkey is following a dog that has a carrot tied to its tail. Following the sheikh are two women and a duck. One woman is carrying wood on her head and both women are possibly harem slaves. The photo also shows one of the Pyramids and two palm trees.

Historical information

Hans Walter von Gruenewaldt was a German POW who used his artistic ability to paint several large mural caricatures while he was held at Camp 13 at Murchison. The technique he used was colourful house paint, painted directly onto the walls of the German mess hut, reading room and recreation hall in compound 13D. The paintings were completed over a duration of six years (1941-1946).

Matches - wax - Bells matches

Tatura Irrigation & Wartime Camps Museum, Tatura

15 water proof wax matches in tin which has a rough surface on the bottom of the time for striking of match.

Inscriptions & Markings

Bells Waterproof Wax Vestas

Photograph

Tatura Irrigation & Wartime Camps Museum, Tatura

Black and white copy of a photo of Anzac Day ceremony.

Historical information

Colonel Rhodan, Garrison and army nurses at the lowering of the flag and the Last Post at Camp 1, Tatura during WW2.

Sculpture

Tatura Irrigation & Wartime Camps Museum, Tatura

Wood carving or sculpture of a man wearing a serviceman's cap. Appearing to be adding an oblong block to a stock of same.

Historical information

Made by former camp 2 Tatura internee after his release in January 1942. At the 8th employment company at Tocumwal. Kurt Lewinski was a Dunera boy. Formerly a refugee of England 1938, originally from Berlin. Transported to Australia in 1940.

Inscriptions & Markings

K. Lewinski 1944 Huon Pine (stained)

Photograph - Irene Wilson aged 90

Tatura Irrigation & Wartime Camps Museum, Tatura

Irene Wilson on her 90th birthday, at home in Tatura.

Tray - wooden

Tatura Irrigation & Wartime Camps Museum, Tatura

Rectangular handmade wooden tray. Base has wood inlays feature map of Australia, kangaroo, emu, model of camp hut andd 4 internment camp coins. Also has hand printed working.

Historical information

Made by internee at Camp 3 Tatura

Inscriptions & Markings

Tatura Victoria Australien 1941-1944

Tray

Tatura Irrigation & Wartime Camps Museum, Tatura

rectangular handmade wooden tray, base has wood inlays featuring map of Australia, Kangaroo, emu, model of camp hut and 4 internment camp coins. Also has hand printed working

Historical information

Used by internees at Camp 3 Tatura .

Inscriptions & Markings

Tatura Victoria Australien 1941-1944

Spoons - Dessert

Tatura Irrigation & Wartime Camps Museum, Tatura

2 Bronze coloured, metal dessert spoons

Historical information

Used by Karl Koops (Uncle of Kurt Kazenwadel) during WW1

Photograph - Camp 13 Garrison

Tatura Irrigation & Wartime Camps Museum, Tatura

Dress - child

Tatura Irrigation & Wartime Camps Museum, Tatura

Round neck, sleeveless, navy blue cotton dress. 6 bronze like buttons, fastened through loops and 1 press stud. Red, green and yellow embroidered dots around neck, down the front and around the armholes and across the top of 2 pockets, gathered skirt.

Historical information

Worn by Gretl Hornung, daughter of internee, at Camp 3. Dress made by her mother Emma Frank.

Rose Bowl

Tatura Irrigation & Wartime Camps Museum, Tatura

Large silver rose bowl provided by Mr H.S. Reilly to promote the annual tennis tournament (Australia Day). First presented in 1956 and won in perpetuity|in 1962 winners' names inscribed for each year.

Historical information

This trophy was initiated at T.LC. in 1956, donated by Mr H.S. (Tib) Reilly to attract prominent district & Melbourne players to the annual tournament on Australia Day weekend. The conditions wer that any player winning the event 3 times would hold the trophy permanently and Mr Reilly undertook to provide a replacement.|Mrs Val Constable (nee Huxtable) won the trophy outright for the first time in 1962 and she has donated it to the museum to honour Mr Reilly's contribution to the Tatura community. Mr Reilly was a prominent businessman, J.P., and very active in promoting the development of Tatura. Winners from 1956-1962|1956 Mrs N. Nethersole|1957 Miss P. Radford|1958 Miss V. Huxtable|1959 Mrs D. Constable|1960 Mrs N. Nethersole|1961 Miss M. Burke|1962 Mrs D. Constable. Tatura Lawn Tennis Club|Mr H.S. Reilly|T.L.T.C. Annual Tennis Tournament (Australia Day)

Inscriptions & Markings

Tatura Lawn Tennis Club.|Ladies Open Singles Championship|H.S. Reilly Rose Bowl

Photograph - Tatura Hospital Annexe

Tatura Irrigation & Wartime Camps Museum, Tatura

Black and white photograph of Tatura Annexe Hospital exterior. Park Street, Tatura.

Historical information

Tatura Bush Hospital Nursing Hospital was opened on 19 November 1933. Many extensions and renovations have been made.

Inscriptions & Markings

on back: Tatura Hospital 1987

DVD - Oskar Speck

Tatura Irrigation & Wartime Camps Museum, Tatura

Double DVD case, clear case, black holder, containing 2 white DVD's. Black text. Commentary in German. 8 minutes.

Historical information

The story of Oskar Speck who was canoeing around the islands in the north of Australia when war broke out. He was interned in Australia.

Hat

Tatura Irrigation & Wartime Camps Museum, Tatura

White floppy sun hat made from cotton.

Inscriptions & Markings

Makers details inside hard to read. May be I. Maudman & Co. 1015

Photograph - HMAS Sydney, July 1940.

Tatura Irrigation & Wartime Camps Museum, Tatura

Black and white photo sealed into black frame.

Historical information

An original photograph made available to crew members. HMAS Sydney, photograph 1940 with signatures of some of the engine room crew.

Inscriptions & Markings

HMAS Sydney. The ship, and some Engine Room Department signatories, July 1940.

Book - The Victorians/Settling

Tatura Irrigation & Wartime Camps Museum, Tatura

Yellow cover with copy of Tom Roberts painting "The Artists' Camp 1886"

Historical information

To mark 150th Anniversary of European settlement

Dolls tea pot warmer

Tatura Irrigation & Wartime Camps Museum, Tatura

Red and white crocheted tea warmer. Red and white pompom

Historical information

Used by Internees at Camp 3

Folio Wartimes Camps - German POW

Tatura Irrigation & Wartime Camps Museum, Tatura

Black two ring folder containing printed material, sketche and photos all contained in plastic sleeves.

Historical information

Material from the WW2 prisoner of war Camp 13 at Murchison, official reports, letters and memorabilia.

Significance

Original material emanating from the time Camp 13 operated as a prisoner of war camp during WW2.

Programme - Pirate's Daughter

Tatura Irrigation & Wartime Camps Museum, Tatura

Beige coloured folder, recording cast numbers and scenes from theatrical production.

Historical information

Produced in connection with the comedy by local artists. Profits in aid of Boy Scouts. Entertainment held in Victory Hall, Tatura