Stories Organisations Projects About Login

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

View on Google Maps

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.

Leave a comment

4956 items

close
Show All Items Items with Images (736) Items with Audio Items with Video Items with Documents (4)
View As Grid List

4956 items

Pencil - lead

Tatura Irrigation & Wartime Camps Museum, Tatura

Black lead pencil approx 1/4 used. Blue grey paint on exterior. Mauve tip on blunt end. Point covered by a metal shield. No brand name on pencil or cover

DVD - Interview given during a lecture tour aboard the MV Dawn Princess on HMAS Sydney

Tatura Irrigation & Wartime Camps Museum, Tatura

DVD inside white paper sleeve. DVD recording of interview given during a lecture tour aboard the MV Dawn Princess, June 2013, by Commodore Bob Trotter.

Inscriptions & Markings

'Gone but not forgotten'|HMAS Sydney Cruising June 2013; Commodore Bob Trotter OAM

Apron

Tatura Irrigation & Wartime Camps Museum, Tatura

Apron, beige cotton floral bodice, pockets, edging and ties (two beige, two floral ties).

Historical information

Made by internee in Camp 3. Using floral material from an old dress.

Photograph

Tatura Irrigation & Wartime Camps Museum, Tatura

Colour photograph of a painting of the Hilfs Kruezer "Kormoran" German raider battle with HMAS Sydney. Both ships sank in the Indian Ocean December 1941. The original is owned by Mrs Margaret Shannon (nee Oliver) of Katamatite, Victoria

Historical information

Original painting by Geo Rosenkranz

Calendar

Tatura Irrigation & Wartime Camps Museum, Tatura

Handmade notepad type calendar featuring pen and ink drawing or sketch above every date/month. Has a black cotton tie at top for handing. Hand written information on back

Historical information

Calendar made by internee at Camp 3 Tatura. January sketch is of the ship Queen Elizabeth; February - December sketches are scenes at the camp

Post Office Equipment

Tatura Irrigation & Wartime Camps Museum, Tatura

Rubber stamping pad with 4 stamp cancelling stampers for Tatura Post Office. 10 metal mailbag tags.

Historical information

Articles all used at Tatura Post Office for distribution of mail to local districts and beyond. One stamper pre-dates postcode times. Tags were used when bags of mail were sent to surrounding areas (e.g. Harston), which had small post offices.

Inscriptions & Markings

Tatura - VIC - Aust - 3616

Cards playing

Tatura Irrigation & Wartime Camps Museum, Tatura

Full pack (52 cards and 2 jokers) of playing cards with a floral design on the back. Contained in a box with a hole in the bottom and a sliding lid with "Admiral playing cards made in USA" in gold printing and gold stripe top and bottom. Box is finished in a suede like material, grey/blue in colour.

Historical information

Used by internees at Camp 3

Inscriptions & Markings

as above

Book - Australian War Museum

Tatura Irrigation & Wartime Camps Museum, Tatura

Red and cream cover. Sketch of Canberra War Memorial

Historical information

Guide to Australian War Memorial, Canberra. Description of Galleries and displays. 1 st Edition, 1941

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

Photograph - copy

Tatura Irrigation & Wartime Camps Museum, Tatura

Black and white photograph. A primitive distilling machine several containers and bottles.

Historical information

One of the many illicit stills used by POW's and internees in the camps.

Magazine - Tatura Unique Innovation

Tatura Irrigation & Wartime Camps Museum, Tatura

White cover. Pictures of old and new factory, dairies, staff and butter trophy on front. Milk, cheese and cows on back cover

Historical information

100 year commemorative feature 1907-2007 of Tatura Milk Industries, now partly owned by Bega Cheese

Document. - Transfer from Camp 14

Tatura Irrigation & Wartime Camps Museum, Tatura

Black folder containing photocopied lists of Germans transferred by train from Loveday, South Australia, to Camp 1. All in plastic sleeves

Historical information

Lists received from Migration Museum Archive, in Adelaide.

Inscriptions & Markings

Transfer from Camp 14, a Compound, Loveday SA

CD - Interview Hans Wettl

Tatura Irrigation & Wartime Camps Museum, Tatura

Plastic CD case. Silver cd.

Historical information

Interview with former POW Hans Wettl in Vienna 2004.

Document - Attendance Roll

Tatura Irrigation & Wartime Camps Museum, Tatura

Attendance roll for Baldwinsville State School 1891

Historical information

6 pupils names - Bridget Mulcahy, James Fenaughty, Lizzie O"Halloran, John Maher, Margaret O"Shannassy, M Jamieson. School later called Byrneside

Document - Merit Certificate

Tatura Irrigation & Wartime Camps Museum, Tatura

Original Certificate issued by Victorian Education department to mark the succesful completion of a student's elementary academic schooling., 1931

Historical information

Conferred on William culkin at the completion of his elementary educataion at Mooroopna West School

Photograph - original - Thomas Hogan Grave

Tatura Irrigation & Wartime Camps Museum, Tatura

Original. Old sepia photograph of grave of Thomas Hogan and family, Tatura.

Historical information

Original photograph of grave of Thomas Hogan and family, presented to Tatura and District Historical Society by Judith Forster, his great-grand daughter. Hogan Street Tatura is named after him.

Inscriptions & Markings

on back: grave of Thomas Hogan and family, Tatura Cemetery.

Photograph - Back to School 1932

Tatura Irrigation & Wartime Camps Museum, Tatura

1932 shot of local people, donor inscribed "Back to School 1932" on back of photo.

Trousers - mens

Tatura Irrigation & Wartime Camps Museum, Tatura

Navy blue trousers. Front flap forms 2 pockets when buttoned up. 6 buttons and buttonholes close front. Adjustable clips on side.

Historical information

Sent from Germany to survivor of Kormoran POW in Camp13 replacing possessions lost 19 Nov 1941

Inscriptions & Markings

Elmecker 4

Book - Liquid Gold Australia

Tatura Irrigation & Wartime Camps Museum, Tatura

Red hardcover with gold lettering, small map of Australia and pictures of mountain scenery, dam, electricity pole and peaches. Mainly pictorial on development of irrigation and industry in irrigations areas

Historical information

Written to illustrate the wealth of our region and to promote GV and North East and Riverina with reference to Snowy Mountains. Also introduction by Hon. H Bolte, Premier of Vic.

Inscriptions & Markings

Judith Mitchell

Toy - Spinning top

Tatura Irrigation & Wartime Camps Museum, Tatura

Hand turned wooden, tapered to tip, spinning top. 1 ridge around centre. 3 ridges around the top

Historical information

Made by internee and used by children at Camp 3

Photograph

Tatura Irrigation & Wartime Camps Museum, Tatura

Colour photo of a caricature painting by Hans Walter von Gruenewaldt depicting a cossack dancer, male.

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).

Photograph - Presbyterian Girls Fellowship c1930s

Tatura Irrigation & Wartime Camps Museum, Tatura

Presbyterian Girls Fellowship, late 1930s.|Back row standing: Win Leckie; Jean Gibb; Wilga Ough; Marj Collins; Hilda Conley; Audrey Maxwell; Dorothy Layton.|Seated: Jean Duke; Mavis Dixon; Ruth Collins (school teacher); Mrs Shaw (Presbyterian Minister's wife); Isabel Maskell; Phyl Bunnett.|On floor: Val Ough; Joan Chalmers; Roma O'Brien. Four copies, held together.

Buttons - Tortoise Shell Buttons

Tatura Irrigation & Wartime Camps Museum, Tatura

4 x diamond shaped buttons and 4 x mushroom shaped buttons on cardboard; 1 mushroom shaped button attached to a white button (loose); 2 x small diamond shaped buttons (loose); 1 x tortoise shell buckle and 7 buttons on cardboard.

Historical information

The buttons were used by German Lutheran Mission families before they were interned. They were currency in Papua New guinea. The buttons had to be removed from garments before washing as hot water could ruin the tortoise shell.

Vest

Tatura Irrigation & Wartime Camps Museum, Tatura

Hand embroidered vest. Child's size.

Historical information

Made by the aunts of Ingeborg Graze, aged 7, whilst in Camp 3.

Bonnet - baby

Tatura Irrigation & Wartime Camps Museum, Tatura

Fine handknitted baby's bonnet - blue coloured

Historical information

Used by interees in Camp 3

Case - Coin

Tatura Irrigation & Wartime Camps Museum, Tatura

Moulded plastic case with inset to hold a coin. Inset is velour covered plastic. Case lid is satin lined and black plastic in the bottom

Historical information

Box contains a silver $1 "The Astralian Kookaburra" made by Perth Mint. A certificate of authenticity - Coin No. 03077 is contained in the case

Booklet - Family History - Smith & Hurren Family Reunion

Tatura Irrigation & Wartime Camps Museum, Tatura

White booklet - white writing, black border. Black logo of tree, white dots depicting family names. In plastic sleeve.

Historical information

Contains genealogical information on Smith and Hurren families, former Tatura residents, for family reunion 6-7 May 2000, Tatura. Includes timeline 1836-1954. 2 copies.

Cutout - Wooden

Tatura Irrigation & Wartime Camps Museum, Tatura

A girl dressed in a black pinafore, dream blouse, cream and red apron and red hat with cream dots, with a small branch from a tree over her shoulder. 2 cream coloured geese at her feet. Gloss paint

Historical information

On long term loan from Heidi Vollmer who sold her home and moved into a unit. Has nowhere to store the cutout at present

Photograph - Edgar Francis Electrical Goods Shop Group c1960

Tatura Irrigation & Wartime Camps Museum, Tatura

Laminated photocopy with original, same registration numbers. Group photo of Edgar Francis Electrical Goods Shop c1960.|Back row: Keith Russell, Lin Thompson, Mr McCormack, Bill Scanlon, J. Wain, H. Poulson, Jim Stark.|Seated: Jean Davies, Edgar and Val Francis.

Photograph - Joan Ford

Tatura Irrigation & Wartime Camps Museum, Tatura

Photograph - Alan Brown, Tatura Tree Group, c1990s

Tatura Irrigation & Wartime Camps Museum, Tatura

Tatura Tree Group, Alan Brown surveying seedlings, c1990s. Alan Brown is a retired manager of Rosella.

Photograph - Plumpton Coursing Club Group

Tatura Irrigation & Wartime Camps Museum, Tatura

Plumpton Coursing Club|Back: Rom Lamarra, Mick O'Rielly|Middle: Bill Anderson, Jack O'Toole, Neil Colliver, Palmer Young|Front: Danny Phillips, Pat "Whistle" Noonan, Young Lamarra

Book - State Rivers and Water Supply Commission Annual Reports 1930 - 45

Tatura Irrigation & Wartime Camps Museum, Tatura

Historical information

Old report from the State Rivers and Water Supply Commission

Sports Shaker

Tatura Irrigation & Wartime Camps Museum, Tatura

Blue metal shaker for balls for team selection. Round tin top, handle/bottom, 2 channels for balls

Historical information

Found at camp 1

Inscriptions & Markings

numbers, colours, sports Paradise, shake well

Knife

Tatura Irrigation & Wartime Camps Museum, Tatura

Silver coloured metal table knife

Historical information

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

Template - bag making

Tatura Irrigation & Wartime Camps Museum, Tatura

Cardboard template for bag making

Historical information

Used by internees at Camp 3 Tatura . Part of bag making kit

Inscriptions & Markings

G.W.

Book - Distant Strains of Triumph

Tatura Irrigation & Wartime Camps Museum, Tatura

Dark coral hardcover. Gold writing on spine (title and author)

Inscriptions & Markings

Jim and Michele Murray

Back Drop (Puppet Show)

Tatura Irrigation & Wartime Camps Museum, Tatura

A rectangular piece of black crushed velvet

Historical information

Part of a collection of clothes and accessories fro puppets on loan from the Beinssen family

Audio Tape. - Radio Interviews

Tatura Irrigation & Wartime Camps Museum, Tatura

Green BASF 90 audio tape

Historical information

Radio interviews taped by P. Mactier and copied. Side A; Patty Pearl, Eva Duldig, Lottie Layton; Side B: Horst Jacobs and Fred Lowen.

Inscriptions & Markings

Radio Interviews

Folder - Cussen and Kirwan Families

Tatura Irrigation & Wartime Camps Museum, Tatura

Blue plastic folder with details of the Cussen and Kirwan families.

Historical information

Sisters Bridget and Catherine Cussen married brothers Henry and Francis Kirwan. Details of the Cussen family and the Kirwan family.

Newspaper Article - aboriginal history in the Whroo area.

Tatura Irrigation & Wartime Camps Museum, Tatura

Historical information

Newspaper Article written by H.S. Parris on the aboriginal history in the Whroo area.

photograph/laminated - Reinhardt, Gerda and Theo Baer

Tatura Irrigation & Wartime Camps Museum, Tatura

B&W photo of Reinhardt, Gerda and Theo Baer, photographed April 7th 1947. Theo, being 3 1/2 years old is seated,legs straight, Gerda's folded and Theo crossed. In the close background are portions of two huts. This photo is laminated

Historical information

Photo of the Baer family children, Reinhardt, Gerda and Theo.

Photograph - Goulburn Weir

Tatura Irrigation & Wartime Camps Museum, Tatura

Medium sized black and white photograph. View across weir showing partially completed channel outlet. Partially completed brick control building on top of wall joining the weir and channel outlets, hourse, cart, and driver bottom right.

Historical information

Taken by photographer for State Rivers and Water Supply Commission.

Painting - Captain Stanley Llewellyn

Tatura Irrigation & Wartime Camps Museum, Tatura

Pastel of Captain Stanley Llewllyn Seal in a Captain's uniform. Small moustache and pipe

Historical information

Painted by South African internee at Camp 13

Inscriptions & Markings

H Von Gruenwaldt

Book - From Paddock to Park

Tatura Irrigation & Wartime Camps Museum, Tatura

Green cover, white writing. Sketch of tree and wicket and bat

Historical information

To record the history of Tatura Cricket Club from 1880-1985-2003. Includes program for launch of book

Jug

Tatura Irrigation & Wartime Camps Museum, Tatura

English china jug from W and A Collivers house with English scene of old coach house. Bristol cream with green edge.

Inscriptions & Markings

Old Coach House - Bristol

Book - First Book

Tatura Irrigation & Wartime Camps Museum, Tatura

Black/brown, white dots. Cloth cover. Sewn with cotton

Historical information

Victorian School Reader - First Book. Used by Bill Craven, at Toolamba West School and later Tatura East. School now closed.

Inscriptions & Markings

William John Craven, Toolamba West School. No. 1674

Photograph - original - Tatura Museum

Tatura Irrigation & Wartime Camps Museum, Tatura

Colour photograph of exterior of Tatura Museum during restoration. 1988.

Historical information

Front verandah of museum while being made ready for painting and lacework to be added.

Inscriptions & Markings

on back: Restoring verandah Museum

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.

Photograph - Football teams

Tatura Irrigation & Wartime Camps Museum, Tatura

Historical information

Three photos of Football teams.