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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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Awards|Certificates|Plaques - Achievement awards and certificates

Tatura Irrigation & Wartime Camps Museum, Tatura

Various framed plaques and certificates presented to the Tatura Museum, framed in variety of frames, wood, glass and metal.

Historical information

Various plaques and framed certificates awarded to the Musuem from 2001 onwards

Booklet - Recht Im Werden

Tatura Irrigation & Wartime Camps Museum, Tatura

Yellow card cover with brown spine. Off white label attached to front cover with black writing. English and German text. Extract

Historical information

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

Inscriptions & Markings

Hutchinson's Scientific and Technical Publications. London. EC4 1936

Magazine - World War 2

Tatura Irrigation & Wartime Camps Museum, Tatura

Pictorial magazine/periodical Vol 2 Part 18 featuring black and white and colour pictures/photographs. Price UK 40p/Australia, NZ, SA 98c.

Historical information

Issued after WW2. Issue 18 features "The Africa Corps" articles.

Inscriptions & Markings

P. D. Lazarus

Photograph - Tatura Reunion Picnic

Tatura Irrigation & Wartime Camps Museum, Tatura

Tatura Reunion Picnic in Fitzroy Gardens, Melbourne (early 1930s)

Book - Moby Dick

Tatura Irrigation & Wartime Camps Museum, Tatura

Red soft covered book with MOBY DICK and Hebert Strang'e Library on front.

Inscriptions & Markings

as above

CD - Final Voyage

Tatura Irrigation & Wartime Camps Museum, Tatura

Plastic CD case.

Historical information

Final voyage a song for Sydney. Produced and recorded in Geraldton WA. Lyrics, James William Robinson. Music and Vocals Will John Saunders.

Inscriptions & Markings

Front; Photo of Sydney - Final Voyage. Song for the Sydney Back: Photo of Sydney

Folder - Internment Camps

Tatura Irrigation & Wartime Camps Museum, Tatura

Photos and printed material in green multi ring folder

Historical information

Photos and printed memorabilia of Eva Duldig

Inscriptions & Markings

Internment camps - camps 3 - Singapore group

Archive Folder (grey) - Camp 3

Tatura Irrigation & Wartime Camps Museum, Tatura

A grey archival folder containing a collection of photographs in relation to Camp 3 including a sketch of Vollmer.

Historical information

Photographs/sketches of life in Camp 3.

Inscriptions & Markings

Camp 3

Booklet - Anthropomorphe Darstellungen auf australischen Ritualgeraten

Tatura Irrigation & Wartime Camps Museum, Tatura

Soft covered yellow booklet with black printing front and back. Volume 53. 1958

Historical information

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

Poster - Minna Von Barnhelm

Tatura Irrigation & Wartime Camps Museum, Tatura

Framed poster and ticket for theatre production Minna von Barnhelm. Camp 3

Button - brass

Tatura Irrigation & Wartime Camps Museum, Tatura

Australian Military Forces, stem on the back. Contained in a gold coloured material covered display box

Historical information

Found at POW camp 13 site post war by war time camp guard

Inscriptions & Markings

Australian Military Forces and a map of Australia and crown. on back ?? Ltd

Photograph

Tatura Irrigation & Wartime Camps Museum, Tatura

Camp 13 entrance, original stone pillars, sentry box right mid -distance, local stone used. Camp 13 Camp Road, Murchison.

Historical information

Camp 13, Murchison, property owned by Jim Finnegan. German, Italian, Japanese prisoners held 1941-1946.

Folder - autobiography - Bert Whitmore

Tatura Irrigation & Wartime Camps Museum, Tatura

A clear plastic cover with a dark blue margin with white strip on which is written "Loveday internment camp 14 - Bert Whitmores Memoirs". The front page has a plan of internment camp 14.

Historical information

an insight into the history and events of camp 14 as narrated by 90 year old Bert Whitmore.

Inscriptions & Markings

Loveday internment camp 14 - Bert Whitmores Memoirs

Photograph - copy

Tatura Irrigation & Wartime Camps Museum, Tatura

Sisters sitting room in mess, Camp 1. Armchairs, book shelves, occasional table in front of fireplace. Vases of flowers, small radio and framed pictures on shelves. Floor rugs.

Historical information

WW2 Internment Camp. Nursing staff

Photograph - Dhurringile POW Camp

Tatura Irrigation & Wartime Camps Museum, Tatura

Historical information

Copied from Newspaper. Dhurringile POW Camp|Kormoran Officers 1943.|Back: Joachim Greter; Edmund Schaefer; Freiherr Reinhold von Malapert; Fritz Skerries; Joachim von Goesseln; Wilhelm Brinkmann;|Front: Henry Meyer; Kurt Foerster; Theodor Detmers; Heinz Messerschmidt;

Booklet - Murchison 150th Anniversary Celebrations 1840-1990

Tatura Irrigation & Wartime Camps Museum, Tatura

Cream coloured soft cover, brown printing, aboriginal camp and bullock tageam and wagon on front cover and a picture of crossing the river in 1860 on the back cover. 4 black and white photos.

Historical information

Printed as a programme and historical record of the town of Murchison at 150th celebrations in 1990

Document - German Templers in Israel

Tatura Irrigation & Wartime Camps Museum, Tatura

Photocopied extracts from book in plastic envelope.

Historical information

Photocopied and donated by Heinz Beilharz

Photograph

Tatura Irrigation & Wartime Camps Museum, Tatura

Camp 13, Camp Road, Murchison, Victoria. Sewage treatment plant.

Historical information

Sewage treatment pond, camp 13, Murchison. German, Italian, Japanese POW's held here between 1941 - 1946.

skein rewinder

Tatura Irrigation & Wartime Camps Museum, Tatura

Handmade wooden knitters' skein rewinder.Mounted on wooden block,'arms' of rewinder attached to central pivotal pole

Historical information

Handmade by Internee at WW2 Camp 3 Tatura

Photograph

Tatura Irrigation & Wartime Camps Museum, Tatura

Camp 13, Camp Road, Murchison, Victoria. Broken concrete slab, near concrete memorial to Italian Comrades, inscription.

Historical information

Camp 13, Italian compound. Broken concrete slab near memorial to fallen comrades. Concrete border (decorative)

Inscriptions & Markings

R.... I.... OSA.. OUR ..RE ...GERE

Folio - Camp 1 Tatura. Internees- German & Italian 1941-1946

Tatura Irrigation & Wartime Camps Museum, Tatura

Aqua coloured folder containing photos in plastic sleeves.

Historical information

Photos of Camp 1 taken during a group tour of the camp site, those at Graytown Cemetery during the dedication of the cemetery following its restoration by Steve Anderson, Army Medic. Other photos taken during visits to Museum.

Photograph - Goulburn Waranga No.2 Main Channel

Tatura Irrigation & Wartime Camps Museum, Tatura

Large sepia photograph dry mounted to cream board. Excavated channel with three levels - water in the lowest level, truck facing forward, second level, gang of workmen far distant on lowest level. Trees on horizon beyond top of bank.

Historical information

Taken by the photographer for Victoria State Rivers and Water Supply Commission.

Inscriptions & Markings

Below photo: "Goulburn-Waranga No.2 Channel"

Photograph

Tatura Irrigation & Wartime Camps Museum, Tatura

Medium sized black and white photograph. Weir being constructed of granite blocks quarried from nearby Mt. Black. Four men standing on the granite steps - gantry right mid-picture. Note: Empty cart resting mid-top of picture.

Historical information

Taken by photographer for State Rivers and Water Supply Commission.

Cufflinks in box

Tatura Irrigation & Wartime Camps Museum, Tatura

2 round dress cuff links. Yellow and blue with crown at the top. 3 link chain attached to a stud. Contained/displayed in a brown velvet covered box.

Historical information

Dress cuff links made and used by RAAF personnel.

Inscriptions & Markings

RAAF

Biscuit Cutter

Tatura Irrigation & Wartime Camps Museum, Tatura

Tin biscuit or cake cutter in shape of a rabbit - life size (for Easter bunny).

Book - Primitive Art

Tatura Irrigation & Wartime Camps Museum, Tatura

Blue and white soft covered book. Black printing. 2 Pelicans on front cover. Picture of author and short history of his life.

Historical information

Book first published 1940, Reprinted 1942, Revised and enlarged by the author whilst interned in Tatura Camp 3 and on release at the University of Melbourne. Donated by a friend of the Adam family.

Photograph

Tatura Irrigation & Wartime Camps Museum, Tatura

Black and white photograph. General view from corner perimeter of Camp 13. Huts and tents particularly. It would seem tents the sleeping quarters of the guards.

Historical information

Fred Ruddy was one of the guards at Camp 13.

Photograph - Grave plaque at German War Cemetery

Tatura Irrigation & Wartime Camps Museum, Tatura

Historical information

Grave plaque at German War Cemetery- Internee Arnold Aussem who died while in Camp 1.

Book - Irrigation and Water Supply Development in Victoria

Tatura Irrigation & Wartime Camps Museum, Tatura

Buff and blue covered book, showing farmhouse, dairy cattle on front cover, cattle, trees and channel on back

Historical information

History of irrigaton in Victoria. Reference to Eildon Reservoir, Goulburn Weir, Waranga Reservoir, River Murray irrigation systems

Photograph. - Queen of Roses Pagent

Tatura Irrigation & Wartime Camps Museum, Tatura

Historical information

Queen of Roses Pagent at St. Mary's Convent.

Photograph

Tatura Irrigation & Wartime Camps Museum, Tatura

Black and white photograph of Peter Lasky (white shirt, black tie) holding a violin at the Sydney University 1991.

Historical information

Peter was Dunera boy.

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

Photograph

Tatura Irrigation & Wartime Camps Museum, Tatura

Black and white photograph. Back row: 3 adults, one young lass and young bloke held by mother seated, 6 youngsters and 2 cross legged in front. Left of photo a little stand with 216 thereon.

Historical information

Mrs Froschle and son Hannelore Beck, Lissy and Werner Drescher. Front row: Kurt Hartmut and Gudrun Beck, Wil Feil, Erich Haering, Peter Drescher, Manfred Haering and Fredrich Feil.

Book - The Australian Bush Then and Now

Tatura Irrigation & Wartime Camps Museum, Tatura

Colour covers. Blue sky, wheat fields, 2 school girls on bikes on front cover. Black and white photo of 3 girls, l on a swing on back cover.

Historical information

A collection of photos and information about Australian bush towns and outback properties from 1800's

Box - Tooth Powder

Tatura Irrigation & Wartime Camps Museum, Tatura

Orange/red square plastic tooth powder box with matching lid

Historical information

The Red Cross gave parcels to the German prisoners. This was part of one of those parcels

Folio - Sculptures, Graphics, Poems

Tatura Irrigation & Wartime Camps Museum, Tatura

Black card folio containing a buff coloured folder and 46 white A4 typed sheets.

Historical information

Folio of poetry, in English version, of Bruno Simon, Dunera Internee 1941-1943.

Book

Tatura Irrigation & Wartime Camps Museum, Tatura

Handmade hard cover, hand stitched book consisting of figures and plans in ink and pencil. 69 numbered pages.

Historical information

Surveyors book compiled by POW Adolf Wilke who was lecturer in surveying at Camp 13, Murchison.

Sampler

Tatura Irrigation & Wartime Camps Museum, Tatura

Cream coloured cotton material. Brown embroidery of English alphabet. Name of maker and Tatura sewn in old German language

Historical information

Made by Gertrud Hermann an internee in Camp 3.

Inscriptions & Markings

as above

Booklet - Solving The Mystery

Tatura Irrigation & Wartime Camps Museum, Tatura

Written to explain the first church was built at Baldwinsville - Byrneside, 1878

Historical information

Story of Tatura Catholic Church and Education. Early history of Tatura 1870's. Present church built in 1912

Folder - autobiography - The First Eighty Years. Book 2

Tatura Irrigation & Wartime Camps Museum, Tatura

Folder containing autobiography of Miss May Wilson 1911 - 1991. Book 2

Historical information

History of early Hospital life in Mooroopna, then Melbourne and Sydney

Video Tape. - "Collar the Lot"

Tatura Irrigation & Wartime Camps Museum, Tatura

Video prepared in the studio of GMV6 for the Tatura & District Historical Society, 1997.

Memorabilia - Camp 4

Tatura Irrigation & Wartime Camps Museum, Tatura

Scanned images of donated material.

Historical information

Memorabilia owned and collected for former Camp 4 Warden, Ethel May Punshon. Includes list of Japanese children internees, concert party program and award given to Ms Punshon in Japan.

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 - Pompey Elliott

Tatura Irrigation & Wartime Camps Museum, Tatura

A biography of Pompey Elliott, by Ross McMullin. Paper back edition with colourful portrait of Pompey on cover. (Portrait by Bill McInnes) with thanks to the Australian War Museum) 718 pages, B/W photos, and maps

Historical information

Pompey Elliott was one of the most successful and admired Army Brigaderes during World War 1. A comprehensive , deeply researched biography tells Elliott's fascinating story. It examines Elliott's origins and youth, his peacetime careers as a lawyer and politician, and his achievements - as well as the controversies he aroused during his years as a soldier. Pompey Elliott officially opened the Victory Hall in Hogan Street Tatura, on September 14th 1925.

Significance

This work retrieves a significant Australian from undeserved obscurity. It reassesses notable battles he influenced, including the Gallipoli Landing, Lone PIne, Fromelles, Polygon Wood, Villers - Bretonneux

Inscriptions & Markings

Foreword by Les Carlyon.

Document, Loaned. - J.K.Andrews of Merrigum

Tatura Irrigation & Wartime Camps Museum, Tatura

Historical information

38 pages of letters written by early settler, J.K.Andrews of Merrigum describing life in the 19th Century. Original document owned by Anne Tyson of Merrigum.

Photograph - Tatura Boy Scouts

Tatura Irrigation & Wartime Camps Museum, Tatura

B & W photo

Historical information

Tatura Boy Scouts - date unknown

Book - The Story of the Beilharz Family

Tatura Irrigation & Wartime Camps Museum, Tatura

Beige hard cover book. Gold text front cover and along the spine. Yellow dust cover with map of Germany on the front cover and Palestine on the back cover

Historical information

The story of a family of Black Forest farmers and trades people, from the 15th to the 20th Century in Germany, Palestine and Australia

Inscriptions & Markings

Presented to this Museum by Mr. HW Beilharz, Bellvue Hill, NSW 1989

Photograph

Tatura Irrigation & Wartime Camps Museum, Tatura

Coloured photograph of coloured abstract paintings

Historical information

Abstract paintings by Herschfeld Mach painted during his internment during WW2. Original paintings owned by Shepparton Art Gallery.

Ladder

Tatura Irrigation & Wartime Camps Museum, Tatura

Wooden ladder with mortized joints. 9 rungs

Historical information

Made and used by internees at Camp 3

Photograph - Baptism of son of Walter Kiessling

Tatura Irrigation & Wartime Camps Museum, Tatura

Historical information

Camp 1, Baptism of son of Walter Kiessling.|Lutheran Pastor from New Guinea|Col. Schrader.|R. from baby Renz & wife; Schwarz & wife.