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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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756 items with images

756 items with images

Photograph - German POWs

Tatura Irrigation & Wartime Camps Museum, Tatura

Historical information

Photo 6. Camp 13 German POWs in front of Stores Building.

Photograph - Captain Maddigan and child

Tatura Irrigation & Wartime Camps Museum, Tatura

Photograph - Tatura Male Choir

Tatura Irrigation & Wartime Camps Museum, Tatura

Photograph - Golf Club 1960

Tatura Irrigation & Wartime Camps Museum, Tatura

Historical information

Copied from Weekly Times Supplement. Golf Club 1960|Back: Trevor LaPeyre; Geoff Poole (Captain); R.T. (Dick) Clements (Greens Director).|Front: Lance Cross (President); Tom O'Brien (Secretary)

Stool - wooden

Tatura Irrigation & Wartime Camps Museum, Tatura

Wooden stool with unusual curved structure made at camp 13 by German POW

Historical information

Given to former guard officer Lieut. O'Neill

Photograph - Tennis Club House

Tatura Irrigation & Wartime Camps Museum, Tatura

Historical information

Copied from transparency

Painting - Watercolour - The Doctor on Kormoran

Tatura Irrigation & Wartime Camps Museum, Tatura

Stylised watercolour painting of naval officer with garden hose watering flowers

Historical information

Artist Georg Rosenkranz, crewman aboard the HSK Kormoran, painted this while at Graytown Prisoner of War Camp.

Carving, sandstone.

Tatura Irrigation & Wartime Camps Museum, Tatura

Sandstone piece with carved map of Austraiia, Tatura 1939-1940, and a 1939 penny inserted in the stone.

Historical information

Item carved by a German Internee who was held in Camp 1 in WW2. Came into the possession of one of the guards, whose nephew donated it to Tatura Museum

Inscriptions & Markings

"Tatura Vic.1939-40." Map of Australia/Bird.

Photograph

Tatura Irrigation & Wartime Camps Museum, Tatura

Dr Alexander Park c. 1900

Historical information

Dr Alexander Park was born 1868, third son of Alexander and Jean Mary Park of Nagambie. Studied in Ireland. Practiced first in Tatura, then Bendigo and Pratt St Moonee Ponds. Married Ethel Reilly of Tatura in 1902. Died 1929.

Photograph - Mrs. Bunn & June Cohen (seated)

Tatura Irrigation & Wartime Camps Museum, Tatura

Historical information

Photo of Mrs. Bunn & June Cohen (seated)

Photograph - copy - Rodney Shire Council at Tatura, 1924

Tatura Irrigation & Wartime Camps Museum, Tatura

Photo borrowed for copying.

Historical information

Photo borrowed for copying. Rodney Shire Council at Tatura, 1924.|Front: Thomas Martin (Secretary); A.W. Knee (Engineer); Reporter??, Cr. Lilford (President); ? ; ? '

Photograph - Byrneside school

Tatura Irrigation & Wartime Camps Museum, Tatura

Photograph - Harston School c.1938

Tatura Irrigation & Wartime Camps Museum, Tatura

Student group.

Historical information

Photocopy

Photograph

Tatura Irrigation & Wartime Camps Museum, Tatura

Croquet Club

Photograph - State Rivers & Water Supply Commission

Tatura Irrigation & Wartime Camps Museum, Tatura

Painting - Watercolour

Tatura Irrigation & Wartime Camps Museum, Tatura

Framed watercolour painting of Tatura Internment Camp 4 barracks with brilliant blue sky.

Historical information

Dr. Leonhard Adam was an internee in Camp 2.

Inscriptions & Markings

Tatura Camp 4 Victoria 1941

Photograph - Flanagan & Cook

Tatura Irrigation & Wartime Camps Museum, Tatura

black & white photo on foamcore board backing|Flanagan and Cook vehicle builder - photo of building with 6 horse drawn vehicles outside front of workshop.|5 men in photo

Historical information

Flanagan & Cook vehicle builder.|Image| horse drawn vehicles| work shop

Photograph

Tatura Irrigation & Wartime Camps Museum, Tatura

Black and white photograph 2 adults and 3 children standing behind 2 wooden crosses marking the graves of J. Decker and H. Stuerzenhofecker.

Historical information

These families were internees at the Camp 3. Probably burial at Tatura War Cemetery.

Inscriptions & Markings

J. Decker and H. Stuerzenhofecker 14-10-44

Photograph - croquet club members

Tatura Irrigation & Wartime Camps Museum, Tatura

Croquet Club Members include Mesdames Francis, JS Hill, Johnson, Wedlock, Robbins, Pigdon and Hunter

Newspaper article. - Tatura Steam Engine

Tatura Irrigation & Wartime Camps Museum, Tatura

Tatura Guardian article 09.04.2002

Historical information

Newspaper article on the traction engine originally set up in Apex Park.

Cigarette Case

Tatura Irrigation & Wartime Camps Museum, Tatura

Handmade wooden inlay cigarette box with separate sliding panel at top. Star-like inlay design on front

Historical information

Made by German P.O.W in Camp 13

Sketch - Watercolour

Tatura Irrigation & Wartime Camps Museum, Tatura

Watercolour painting of a guardsman of Graytown with golf club

Historical information

Artist Georg Rosenkranz, crewman aboard the HSK Kormoran, painted this while at Graytown Prisoner of War Camp.

Inscriptions & Markings

A guardsman of Graytown we called him "Heile Selassie" because he looked like a Scheich.

Book - Beersheba - A journey through Australia's Forgotten War

Tatura Irrigation & Wartime Camps Museum, Tatura

339 pages - B/W Photos - slight water damage

Historical information

Telling of the deeds of the Australian Light Horsemen, Campaigns of the 4th Lighthorse Regiment - Middle East, Palestine. Australian Cavalry operations and Military History of Beersheba ( Israel). World War 1 1914-1918

Photograph - Christina Ross

Tatura Irrigation & Wartime Camps Museum, Tatura

B. &. W. Photo.

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.

Photograph - original - William Connors

Tatura Irrigation & Wartime Camps Museum, Tatura

Black and white original photograph of W. Connors family, old car and old houses. Copy L0352

Historical information

original photograph presented by Mrs M. Beckwith.

Inscriptions & Markings

on back; Williams Connors, mum's son, M. Connors

Photograph - Colts Cricket Team 1952

Tatura Irrigation & Wartime Camps Museum, Tatura

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.

Photograph - sketch

Tatura Irrigation & Wartime Camps Museum, Tatura

Booklet - Collegium Taturense Anniversary 1940-1941

Tatura Irrigation & Wartime Camps Museum, Tatura

Handmade buff coloured booklet camp 13 handbound at spine with thread. Black ink printing on cover, water colour of Tatura 2 camp, b & w illustrations, water colour of port scene from the Dunera. Typed script on cover: "Collegium Taturense" encircling a ring of barbed wire which has an owl and cockatoo in it. Underneath is written "Anniversary 1940-1941"

Historical information

Compiled in camp 4 by Dunera faculty members to substantiate the academic standard of their school. 20 copies made.

Inscriptions & Markings

as above