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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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759 items with images

759 items with images

Photograph - Hogan Family

Tatura Irrigation & Wartime Camps Museum, Tatura

L-R: George and Lucy Dick, Lucy Ranson (nee Hogan), Jean and John Hogan.|Family posing in front of loaded up trailor and car before a departure.

Photograph - Football Premiership

Tatura Irrigation & Wartime Camps Museum, Tatura

Historical information

Photo 1. 1953 Premiership Team.|Photo 2 1953 PREMIERSHIP TEAM REUNION 2003,|BACK ROW: IAN DONALDSON, LEO JOYCE, TOM TOBIN, BILL PRITCHARD, DAVE HOWARTH, IAN WALTERS, KEITH BINION, JOHN SIMMONDS, IAN BUNN, PERCY MASKELL, MAX MCPHERSON, DON TAVENER, RON NORMINGTON, GEOFF MUNRO.|FRONT ROW: NOEL RUSSELL, KEN ANDERSON, TOM DEANE, BILL CORRIGAN, PETER WARNETT, PETER KERRINS, GEOFF STREADER, ROY DALEY

Coin

Tatura Irrigation & Wartime Camps Museum, Tatura

Japanese coin with milled edge featuring crest/design on one face and pattern and currency value on other face.

Historical information

Coin found at Camp 13 when huts where being dismantled and relocated.

Photograph - Geisha Girls in Cherry Blossom

Tatura Irrigation & Wartime Camps Museum, Tatura

Performance of Cherry Blossom, Geisha Girls, c1930s?

Photograph - Flanagan

Tatura Irrigation & Wartime Camps Museum, Tatura

Folio - Garfield

Tatura Irrigation & Wartime Camps Museum, Tatura

Photos and foolscap sized documents in a black A 4 size folder.

Historical information

GARFIELD ΕΎ Kilmartin Road, Cooma.|John Thomas Dougherty, an American, came to the Tatura area in 1874. He married Emily Whitnell from Whroo in 1883 and they had nine children.|He started building Garfield in 1886 and it was not completed until 1897. The building was named after President Garfield of America.|The building still contains the original Ericson wall telephone with its tag inside dated 1906. The house contains many features such as Jacobean over mantel and fire surround in the dining room, stained glass, a push button bell, and a stair well leading to an underground living area used in the summer for coolness. A new glass stair well was installed in the 1980®s to allow more light into the area. J.T. Dougherty died 1936.

Photograph - Football Club Premiers 1952

Tatura Irrigation & Wartime Camps Museum, Tatura

Tatura Premiership Football Team, 1952.|Back row: C. Ryan, B. McHugh, T. Ryan, I. Bunn, T. Deane, W. Corrigan, J. Mactier, B. Young, K. Anderson, H. Parker.|Centre row: S. Vagg, K. Binion, P. Crawford, L. Joyce, V. McKenzie, R. Connors, F. Joyce, R. McDonald, B. Ransom.|Front row: J. Trevaskis, R. Warnett, R. Smith, R. Daly, W. Pritchard, D. Brown (cc), G. Kerrins, P. Warnett, E. Davies.|A local football team was in existence from about 1885, and it is interesting to note that the members were called the "Tatura Bohemians" in 1888!|In 1894, when D. Heaphy was the first President of Tatura Football Club, they joined the Goulburn Valley Football Association.|"Travel to distant matches was undertaken by horse and jinker, buggy and pair until Charlie Brady, the storekeeper, suggested that special trains be run and put up the guarantee" ...quote from W.H. Bossence "Tatura" history.|Tatura teams were Premiers in 1898, 1901-02, 1904-05, 1952-53.|Tom Hogan was the first local player to be offered a game in the city of Melbourne, soon followed by Archie Wilson.|Robert Mactier, V.C. had played football for Tatura before leaving for service in WW1.

Photograph - Olympic Torch 2000

Tatura Irrigation & Wartime Camps Museum, Tatura

Historical information

Anne Randall, Senior Communications Manager, Sydney Olympic Games 2000, dau. of John & Judy Randall of Tatura. Gaye Eaton, Tony Ford and Anne Randall were torch bearers through Tatura. Originals held by donors.

Coin

Tatura Irrigation & Wartime Camps Museum, Tatura

Japanese coin featuring motifs and Japanese characters/currency value.

Historical information

Coin found at Camp 13 when huts were being dismantled and relocated.

Photograph - Dhurringile Mansion in 1882

Tatura Irrigation & Wartime Camps Museum, Tatura

Historical information

Photo copied from book. Dhurringile Mansion in 1882.

Photograph - Christina Ross

Tatura Irrigation & Wartime Camps Museum, Tatura

Photograph - Tatura Free Press

Tatura Irrigation & Wartime Camps Museum, Tatura

John Stephen Hill came to Tatura in 1912 and became Manager of the Tatura Free Press in 1916. He died in 1953 having being very involved in community affairs throughout his life in Tatura.|Photo features two men posing in front of the Free Press, with a bicycle in the background.

Plaque - wooden

Tatura Irrigation & Wartime Camps Museum, Tatura

Wooden plaque mounted on a wooden base of Hilskreuzer "Kormoran". Depicts naval insignia. 2 drawing pins and cord on the back for hanging

Inscriptions & Markings

Hilfshreuzer "Kormoran"

Painting - Watercolour

Tatura Irrigation & Wartime Camps Museum, Tatura

Framed watercolour painting of barracks and perimeter fencing in Tatura Internment Camp 2.

Historical information

Dr. Leonhard Adam was an internee in Camp 2.

Inscriptions & Markings

Camp 2 Victoria Australia 1942

Photograph - Harston School 1941

Tatura Irrigation & Wartime Camps Museum, Tatura

Harston School 1941|Back: Bernie Mulcahy; Bill Small; Les George; Keith George; Edna Collie; Marj Down; Marj Donaldson; Theresa Mulcahy.|Middle: Graham Clapp; Gordon Cumming; Gordon Brown; Colin Newton; Walter Henderson; Edith Henderson; Lorna Donaldson; Maureen Mulcahy; Linda Hammond.|Front: John Henderson; Ian Henderson; Douglas Clapp; Milton Shaw (teacher's son); Harvey Henderson; Ian Donaldson; Laurel Collie; Jenny Down (Hansford); kathleen Mulcahy; Patricia Dick; Nancy Down.

Painting - Billiards

Tatura Irrigation & Wartime Camps Museum, Tatura

Cartoon like painting depicting men (army garrison soldiers) playing billiards. One man appears to be sitting on the edge of the billiard table. Item unframed.

Historical information

Discovered in 2003 when new owner, Kenneth Gray, of Tatura, noticed the covering paper peeling away on the wall of a galvanised iron shed on his property. He believes that the shed was bought at the internment camp 4 auction conducted by the Commonwealth Government in the early 1950's and transported to the property which he know owns.

Photograph - Connor Sisters

Tatura Irrigation & Wartime Camps Museum, Tatura

Photograph - Jim Reilly

Tatura Irrigation & Wartime Camps Museum, Tatura

The Life and Times of Jim Reilly

Photograph - Linda Henderson

Tatura Irrigation & Wartime Camps Museum, Tatura

Book - Family History - Collie

Tatura Irrigation & Wartime Camps Museum, Tatura

Burgandy hard covered book. lettering, crest and date in gold

Historical information

Data gathered by Alex and Elsie Collie after extensive research in both Australia and Scotland. Also visited New Zealand and Canada in their search

Photograph - Blue Bird Cafe

Tatura Irrigation & Wartime Camps Museum, Tatura

Original photograph of Bluebird Cafe Hogan Street Tatura c1922

Historical information

Bell Bird Cafe Proprietors were Bridge & Nell Myers, early 1920s, later they moved the business into the other building in the photo.

Inscriptions & Markings

on back "Bluebird Cafe. East of railway crossing Hogan Street. Operated by Misses Bridget and Nell Myers. 1922

Photograph - German War Cemetery at Tatura.

Tatura Irrigation & Wartime Camps Museum, Tatura

Historical information

Photograph of entrance to German War Cemetery at Tatura.

Invitation - Sergeant Snow White

Tatura Irrigation & Wartime Camps Museum, Tatura

Invitation in booklet form with black & buff coloured illustration on front cover. Invitation details printed overleaf in black. Recipients name hand written in ink.

Historical information

Produced by the CO & officers of the 8th Aust Empl;oyment Co in which Bruno Simon served as a private. Invitation is the anniversary performance of "Sergeant Snow White" revue

Inscriptions & Markings

Pte B Simon

Photograph - Robert Barron

Tatura Irrigation & Wartime Camps Museum, Tatura

Historical information

Robert Barron married May Harrison.

Photograph - Margaret Hastie 1938

Tatura Irrigation & Wartime Camps Museum, Tatura

Margaret Hastie 1938. Debutante portrait. Photo incased in the original card, with inscription on the card: To Marge, With Love Margaret. 1938.

Photograph - Bill and Pearl Craven, Citizens of the Year 1994

Tatura Irrigation & Wartime Camps Museum, Tatura

Bill and Pearl Craven with their "Australia Day Citizen Award" as Rodney Shire Citizens of the Year 1994. Photo taken at the Goulburn Valley Base Hospital (GVBH).

Photograph - Camp 13 German Soccer Team

Tatura Irrigation & Wartime Camps Museum, Tatura

Historical information

Photos copied from Superintendent Hannan's album.

Photograph - Baby Marge Hastie

Tatura Irrigation & Wartime Camps Museum, Tatura

Baby Marge Hastie seated in a wicker chair. c1920s or 1930s, maybe earlier?

Photograph - Mill House

Tatura Irrigation & Wartime Camps Museum, Tatura

Coloured photo taken Sept. 2004.

Historical information

THE MILL HOUSE- Albert Street, Tatura.|Reilly®s Flour Mill operated in Tatura from 1880 to 1965. The mill was demolished in 1966. James Reilly emigrated from County Cork, Ireland, spent two years on a family farm at Fitzroy, another two years at a mill at Kilmore, and then to Murchison to build a mill. Some of his family came to Tatura to build a mill. The house was built for members of the family to live in at various times. After the mill was demolished the house remained as a residence on about the only hill in Tatura. In the late 1970®s, early 1980®s a doctor added several upstairs rooms, then in the late 1990®s the house was used as a bed and breakfast. It is now a private residence

Photograph - Williams Seed and Grain Store

Tatura Irrigation & Wartime Camps Museum, Tatura

Historical information

B. & W. Photo of Williams Seed and Grain Store building, c.1900