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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
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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Book - Portraying Finland

Tatura Irrigation & Wartime Camps Museum, Tatura

Blue cover depicting the sea, land on the horizon, white writing facts and insights. Small sketches of buildings, birds, ship on bottom

Historical information

Lifestyle, society, history, economy, nature of Findland

Photograph - Major H. Schrader

Tatura Irrigation & Wartime Camps Museum, Tatura

Historical information

Photos brought to Museum by Adrian Schrader, son of the Commanding Officer of Camp 1, until its closure in Feb. 1947. Major H.Schrader.|Camp 1 Garrison.|11 photos|Visit to Camp 1, Feb. 2002. Adrian Schrader (son); Arthur Knee; Geoff Witten; Jack Pickworth.

Box of Maps

Tatura Irrigation & Wartime Camps Museum, Tatura

Box containing maps of individual parishes in the county of Rodney, showing early selections. Also one of early Tatura townships with owners of many house blocks. 17 maps.

Historical information

Maps are of the following: Toolamba (2), Toolamba West (2), Undera (2), North Murchison, Coomboona (2), Mooroopna, Waranga, Kyabram East, Girgarree East, Mooroopna West (2), Tatura and Goulburn irrigation district (pre 1956).

Inscriptions & Markings

each one is labelled with the parish (Toolamba, Tatura, Rushworth, etc.)

Folder - The Uncles: the story of the Heyde Brothers

Tatura Irrigation & Wartime Camps Museum, Tatura

This book is a rough draft. It has a white front page with a clear plastic protective cover. Towards the end of the book has enclosed two pages of the presumably, authors notes.

Historical information

Rough draft of the story of the Heyde brothers

Inscriptions & Markings

the front has the authors name and says "draft for comment"

Cigarette Roller

Tatura Irrigation & Wartime Camps Museum, Tatura

Handmade object nailed to rectangular wooden base. Piece of canvas form the "roller" and covers 2 movable lengths of wood attached to the metal ends. Rolled cigarette positioned in groove of canvas

A4 Display Book - Autobiography - Reg Mould of Shepparton

Tatura Irrigation & Wartime Camps Museum, Tatura

Collection of memories of Reg Mould. Childhood in Shepparton,. Tally Ho Boys Home, working in railways, war service. In green A4 display book with 12 plastic sleeves.

Historical information

Life history of Reg Mould and his family from 1925 - 1995, including descriptions of travel in Australia.

Memo Book

Tatura Irrigation & Wartime Camps Museum, Tatura

Soft covered memo book, sapled with pencil entries. Rusted needle and thread secured to front cover. Front cover design : "Memo book", ink pot and quill

Historical information

Property of internee at camp 3, Tatura and used there for memo-type entries

Inscriptions & Markings

Karl Wied 1943 Tatura

Folder - Australian Archives Brighton May 1991

Tatura Irrigation & Wartime Camps Museum, Tatura

Seven Australian military forces internee/POW service and casualty forms, overprinted Japanese in individual plastic envelopes, clear plastic cover with a green border and back cover. Also the last page has details of the first Australian POW taken by Japanese on Australia soil and the first Japanese POW on Melville Island and captured by the aboriginals, one of who spoke fluent Japanese.

Historical information

The interesting records of Japanese civilian internees in Camp 4. The Rev Len Kentish, pilot Hajime Toyashima and take to Cowra where he became one of the ringleaders of the infamous breakout and died during the attempt and made available with the efforts of the Knee family with the cooperation of the Australian Archives, also Shepparton News cutting, Keith Esson, Alan Fitzgerald. Italian farming soldiers.

Inscriptions & Markings

On the green border - Australian Archives Brighton May 1991 Camp 4 Yasukichi and Terese Mupvakami and family internment camp records.

Photograph - Dhurringile P.O.W. Camp Garrison Officers c.1943

Tatura Irrigation & Wartime Camps Museum, Tatura

Historical information

Dhurringile P.O.W. Camp Garrison Officers c.1943.|50th. Australian Garrison Co.|Lieut Stanley Cocking; Maj. Wm. Ruthven. V.C.; Maj. R.A.Gordon (Commandant), Capt. "Bonnie" Mason; Bill Strong ?.

Camp School report - Camp 1 School report for Josef Friedrich

Tatura Irrigation & Wartime Camps Museum, Tatura

Historical information

Camp 1 School report for Josef Friedrich. Contains signatures of professorial staff in camp.

Book - Windswept

Tatura Irrigation & Wartime Camps Museum, Tatura

Hard cover - mid blue. 'Windswept" Gavin Le Sueur on spine. White jacket, with yellow band at top. Blue printed title , drawing of seagull.

Inscriptions & Markings

To Tatura, always my home, always a love . Gavin LeSueur .December 89

Booklet - Kyela

Tatura Irrigation & Wartime Camps Museum, Tatura

Booklet containing articles on Baron von Swaine, Girgarre East State School, other items

Historical information

This booklet "Kyela" Vol. l No. 1 is a journal of Kyabram and District Historical Society.

Folio - Colloquim, 17.05.1997

Tatura Irrigation & Wartime Camps Museum, Tatura

Red open fronted plastic folder with printed material in plastic sleeves.

Historical information

Collected by the speakers.

Book - Technical

Tatura Irrigation & Wartime Camps Museum, Tatura

Soft covered card, fawn coloured book, red printing on cover, English coat of arms, lion and unicorn, black and white illustrations. 3 holes at spine with 2 staples in between.

Historical information

Former possession of local ex serviceman, sergeant.

Inscriptions & Markings

"B" Coy HQ 16 BNVDC 13 Oct 1942 C. J. MILLER SGT

Book - Service & Sacrifice

Tatura Irrigation & Wartime Camps Museum, Tatura

White soft covered book with RSL Badge on front

Historical information

Unclaimed at Tatura Post Office and presented to Museum

Brooch

Tatura Irrigation & Wartime Camps Museum, Tatura

Hand made silver brooch, made from silver coins. Heavy beaten silver brooch in shape of a gum leaf. Metal clasp soldered to back.

Historical information

Made from silver coin by internee camp 3.

Photograph - Byrneside Identities

Tatura Irrigation & Wartime Camps Museum, Tatura

Historical information

Byrneside Identities.|Jack Woodman; Arthur Halsey; ? ; Meg Rathjen; ? .

DVD - Adam Collection, Tatura

Tatura Irrigation & Wartime Camps Museum, Tatura

White DVD, black lettering. Inside a clear plastic case with black insert to hold DVD

Historical information

DVD featuring photographs of painting collection held at Tatura Museum. Compiled by Arthur Knee

Photograph - colour - Dick and Bertha Clement

Tatura Irrigation & Wartime Camps Museum, Tatura

Small colour photograph of Dick and Bertha Clement taken at home, 1960's. Both long standing citizens of Toolamba and Tatura.

Document - The Transportation of Members of the Temple Society to Australia.

Tatura Irrigation & Wartime Camps Museum, Tatura

Blue plastic white bound folder with roneoed printed pages.

Historical information

Compilation of day to day life of Templers from the Holy Land to an unknown destination and of their internment in Australia

Book - Heart of the Valley Toolamba 1840-1983

Tatura Irrigation & Wartime Camps Museum, Tatura

Brown hard cover. Title in gold writing. Cream dust jacket, green writing. Sketch of gum leaves surrounding a scene of bush log hut. Family with man cutting trees. From a wood carving by Nicholas Bartels. 2nd copy. L3458.

Historical information

Written to accurately record the history of Toolamba. From early days of Hume and Hovell, agriculture, schools, churches, sport and recreation. Names on Roll of Teachers and Pupils.

Great Coat

Tatura Irrigation & Wartime Camps Museum, Tatura

Great coat, 9 AMF buttons, 2 plain buttons. Pleat and belt at the back. 2 pockets with flaps

Historical information

Ex Australian Military Forces great coats were dyed a brilliant burgundy to make them easier to see, particularly should there be an escape. They were not exactly colour fast. Issued to Richard Bladau, internee from South Africa, at Camp 13.

Inscriptions & Markings

M. TX. Size 28

Folder - Italian Internees & P.O.W.

Tatura Irrigation & Wartime Camps Museum, Tatura

Black three ring folder containing printed material and photos in plastic sleeves. Stories of Italian POW's and internees and including a copy of "Voyage of an Alien" by Vittorio Tollaini

Historical information

Material donated and collected relevant to prisoners of Italian origin

Inscriptions & Markings

Italian Internees & P.O.W.

Medal - German

Tatura Irrigation & Wartime Camps Museum, Tatura

German military medal, star shaped with crossed swords, a wreath decoration with the dates1914,1918 in centre. Ribbon black,red & white

Historical information

Possession of POW at Camp13 Murchison

Inscriptions & Markings

L NBG

Folder - family history - Burton, Black, Mitchell Families

Tatura Irrigation & Wartime Camps Museum, Tatura

Blue cover, metal clips containing 3 books of information. Burton Family title in blue and pink, Mitchell and black titles in black writing

Historical information

The family histories of Black-Burton-Mitchell families from 1849 on. Some Mitchell and Colliver connections live in Tatura district

Wood plane

Tatura Irrigation & Wartime Camps Museum, Tatura

Wood plane, handmade with short, slightly curved handle and metal inserts forming blades at bottom ends

Historical information

Part of a collection of handtools made by internee at Camp 3, Tatura

Badge

Tatura Irrigation & Wartime Camps Museum, Tatura

brass badges depicting the words "Australia". 2 holes on the back. Shoulder badges (epalettes)

Historical information

Issued to Sister Kathleen Heaphy of Australian Army Nursing service. Sister Heaphy was attached, for part of her service, to 28 Camp Hospital Internment camp 1.

Inscriptions & Markings

Australia

Photograph - The Baron Bob Bridge Fire Brigade

Tatura Irrigation & Wartime Camps Museum, Tatura

Black and white photograph of horse and cart in procession. In photograph: The Baron Bob Brigade Fire Brigade

Historical information

Fire Brigade entry in street procession, 1932, Tatura Back To

Book - The Home Front.

Tatura Irrigation & Wartime Camps Museum, Tatura

President's Collar

Tatura Irrigation & Wartime Camps Museum, Tatura

Blue velvet collar with 38 oblong badges (with a pin and clasp on the back) of all Presidents' names and year of Presidency of Zone 7 of Apex. Brass bar inscribed "Zone 7 Presidents collar presented 2-10-76 by B Tuhan on behalf of Past Presidents". On the back of the Triangular Apex Logo badge which is attached to point of collar by a small ring "Added to Presidents collar by Bob Osborne 1977.

Historical information

Collar naming all Zone 7 Presidents from 1953-1990

Inscriptions & Markings

1953-54 David Munro Albury|1954-55 Jack Chisholm Ballarat|1955-56 Trevor Kimball Benalla|1956-57 Keith Whitwood Kerang|1957-58 Ray McPherson Benalla|1958-59 Jack McKendrick Mildura|1959-60 Bob Crosby Wodonga|1960-61 Bill Elgin Euroa|1961-62 Ken Billing Yarrawonga|1962-63 Geoff Anderson Seymour|1963-64 Edgar Charlesworth Wangaratta|1964-65 Worral Jones Alexandra|1965-66 Fred Ellis Maryborough|1966-67 John Gerrard Shepparton|1967-68 Clive Coventry Kyabram|1968-69 Richie Trevaskis Tatura|1969-70 Graeme Elvey Bendigo|1970-71 Peter Slade Tongala|1971-72 Mac Spring Echuca|1972-73 Anthony Smith Urana|1973-74 Geoff Johnston Merriwa Wangaratta|1974-75 Bruce Tuhan Tongala|1975-76 Bob Osborne Maryborough|1976-77 Ken Slatter Boort|1977-78 Garry Leget Broadford|1978-79 Brian Paatsch North Albury|1979-80 Richard Guy Bendigo|1980-81 Kevin Moon Dragon City|1981-82 Geoff Long Kerang|1982-83 Ian (Kippy) McIntosh Cobram-Barooga|1983-84 Howard Pascoe Swan Hill|1984-85 Richard Trigg Kerang|1985-86 Terry Hudson Albury|1986-87 Harry Boerkamp Stanhope|1987-88 John Walker Sherbourne, Shepparton|1988-89 Greg Wilder Mansfield|1989-90 Gary Whyte Tatura

Folio - Records of Heinz Zienow.

Tatura Irrigation & Wartime Camps Museum, Tatura

Blackmulti ring folder with plastic sleeves.

Historical information

Photocopies of records and photos collected by the son of Heinz Zienow and donated to the Tatura Museum.

Inscriptions & Markings

Records of Heinz Zienow.

Photograph

Tatura Irrigation & Wartime Camps Museum, Tatura

Camp 13, Camp Road, Murchison. Camp 13 goal. Solid brick building showing individual cells, roofless, tree right mid-distrance.

Historical information

Camp 13, Murchison. Property owned by Jim Finnegan. German, Italian, Japanese prisoners of war held between 1941 - 1946.

Photograph

Tatura Irrigation & Wartime Camps Museum, Tatura

Black and white photograph of men inspecting Waranga Basin. Men inspecting beaching.

Historical information

Waranga Basin was commenced in 1902

Decorations - Christmas

Tatura Irrigation & Wartime Camps Museum, Tatura

Walnut shape Christmas decoration made from gold painted lightweight cardboard

Historical information

Used by internees at Camp 3

Photograph

Tatura Irrigation & Wartime Camps Museum, Tatura

Black and white photograph of Mr Dieter Ruff standing inside Tatura Museum. At and behind his left should the replica of the tin hut, centre of display.

Historical information

Templer Society Anniversary

Photo album - Die Ribelungen Besprechung

Tatura Irrigation & Wartime Camps Museum, Tatura

Photo album, blue with plastic sleeves

Historical information

Photographic copy of poems by Adolf Wilke and sketches by Hans Wolter von Gruenewaldt. Made in camp 13 and relating to camp life.

Inscriptions & Markings

Die Ribelungen Besprechung

Photograph - Peret

Tatura Irrigation & Wartime Camps Museum, Tatura

Certificate - Japanese Surrender

Tatura Irrigation & Wartime Camps Museum, Tatura

In plastic sheeting cover. Single sheet certificate with blue printing and Australian Military Forces Commander in Chief stamp. Addressed as Advanced Headquarters, Moratai, 9 September 1945. Background scene in red, blue and green water colours of palm trees, bills, sea and rising sun. Signed by E. Blamey, General Commander in Chief.

Historical information

Certificate issued after Japanese surrender at Moratai to members of the Allied forces there.

Inscriptions & Markings

To my sister VX60690 Pte. W. Fraser.

Ornament - dwarf

Tatura Irrigation & Wartime Camps Museum, Tatura

Ply wood cut out of dwarf with a white beard, red pointed hat, green jacket, brown trousers, holding a rabbit. Cut out slots into a small flat base

Historical information

Made and used by internees at Camp 3

Folder - Army

Tatura Irrigation & Wartime Camps Museum, Tatura

Black binder in which is :|4 Magazines featuring sketches and stories written by members of the Australian Army. November, 1944,December 1944, January, 1945, February-March, 1945|Battle of the Ridges. Scene of mountains on the front cover with green, black and white printing|Battle of Wau. A map is on the front cover with green, black and white printing.|Jungle Trail. No front or back cover|Tatura

Historical information

Written for Australian Army Soldiers

Postcard

Tatura Irrigation & Wartime Camps Museum, Tatura

Postcard sent by Eurem Sohn,Paul Konig to Karl Konig, Koln-Riehl, Emmericher St, Germany. A kangaroo with joey in pouch on the front of the postcard

Historical information

Used by POW in Camp13 to send to relatives

Wood Plane

Tatura Irrigation & Wartime Camps Museum, Tatura

Wood Plane with turned & shaped wooden handle, metal pieces forming cutting/shaping blades.

Historical information

Made by internee Camp 3 Tatura, used there as a handtool for carpentry

Photograph - copy - Sacred Heart School Tatura 1919

Tatura Irrigation & Wartime Camps Museum, Tatura

2 x Black and white copies photograph of school group Sacred Heart School, Tatura. 1919

Historical information

Copy of photograph of 1919 School photograph. Names attached. Original held by S. Morrow, Prahan, Victoria.

Inscriptions & Markings

on back: Sacred Heart School Tatura 1919

Folder - POW Camp

Tatura Irrigation & Wartime Camps Museum, Tatura

Documents contained in plastic covered folder.

Historical information

History of Bartolomeo Rabaiotti, compiled by his daughter. An internee who came on the Dunera and his subsequent history. Blue bank. also photos. Also mail from Max Nader POW 13. Bank book photocopied

Photograph - copy

Tatura Irrigation & Wartime Camps Museum, Tatura

Copy of the original photo taken in 1942. A.A.N.S. J. Bertram holding new baby.

Historical information

WW2 internment Camp 1, Tatura. A.A.N.S.

Folio - Ole Hellsten, Finn.

Tatura Irrigation & Wartime Camps Museum, Tatura

Black folder with printed material in plastic sleeves.

Historical information

Material donated.

Book - Peacock Morning

Tatura Irrigation & Wartime Camps Museum, Tatura

Royal blue soft cover book with picture of peacock feathers on the front and back covers. Red and yellow text.

Historical information

Written about life in a Squatters homestead

Inscriptions & Markings

Hilde

Ironing Board

Tatura Irrigation & Wartime Camps Museum, Tatura

Hand made wooden sleeve ironing board."Arm" covered with material cut from a blanket and drawn to underneath with cotton tape

Historical information

Made and used by internees at Camp 3, Tatura

Hot Water Bottle

Tatura Irrigation & Wartime Camps Museum, Tatura

Oval shaped metal hot water bottle with life-up carrying handle with removable metal plug. (thread/screws into place)

Historical information

Used by internees, at camp 3 tatura

CD - Dunera Internee - Franz Feuerstein

Tatura Irrigation & Wartime Camps Museum, Tatura

2 CD's in a double plastic type pocket. CD's are gold coloured with green "TDK" and "80" printed text in black

Historical information

Interview with Frank Firestone in which he describes his time on the Dunera