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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 49 Hogan Street 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

Location

49 Hogan Street 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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770 items with images

770 items with images

Photograph - Presbyterian Church

Tatura Irrigation & Wartime Camps Museum, Tatura

Label

Tatura Irrigation & Wartime Camps Museum, Tatura

Label for Mail Order Service from Myer Emporium Ltd., Melbourne to internee in B Section of No. 3 Internment Camp

Historical information

Delivery service by Myer Emporium to an internee at Camp 3

Inscriptions & Markings

Luise Hoffman

Painting - Watercolour

Tatura Irrigation & Wartime Camps Museum, Tatura

Framed watercolour painting of Tatura Internment Camp 3 barracks.

Historical information

Dr. Leonhard Adam was an internee in Camp 2.

Inscriptions & Markings

Tatura Camp No. 3, Victoria, 10th August 1941, 2 pm

Wooden Tray

Tatura Irrigation & Wartime Camps Museum, Tatura

1 of 2 wooden trays donated. Wooden base and sides, fancy scroll type carving at either end. Base has a map of Australia and a kangaroo carved into the wood.

Historical information

Tray made by unknown internee in Camp 3.

Folio - Ole Hellsten

Tatura Irrigation & Wartime Camps Museum, Tatura

Black folder with printed material in plastic sleeves. Includes a sketch of Olle Hellsten a Finnish merchant seaman interned in Camp 1, Camp 13 and Graytown and his diary, in Finnish and English. Diary translated by Thor Lindquist.

Historical information

Material donated. Includes a sketch of Olle Hellsten a Finnish merchant seaman interned in Camp 1, Camp 13 and Graytown and his diary, in Finnish and English. Diary translated by Thor Lindquist. Some of the Government records on Olle are included. C2003 is an CD of an interview with Olle.

Book - Blankets on the Wire

Tatura Irrigation & Wartime Camps Museum, Tatura

Soft cover book, narrow red edge, grey background. Picture of war camp. Red text. Back cover 3 Cowra war camp photos on a red background. In Japanese and English.

Historical information

This book tells the tragic story of the mass breakout of Japanese POW's from No 12 Camp in Cowra, NSW, on 5 August 1944

Inscriptions & Markings

Blankets on the Wire

Photograph - CWA Pageant c1930s

Tatura Irrigation & Wartime Camps Museum, Tatura

CWA Pageant c1930s. Shot of pageant stage held inside a hall (maybe Victory Hall?).

Photograph - Catholic Ball 1937

Tatura Irrigation & Wartime Camps Museum, Tatura

Photograph - Meath Park

Tatura Irrigation & Wartime Camps Museum, Tatura

Historical information

Meath Park, Dhurringile Road south of Midland Highway. Building renovated c.2000.

Painting - Watercolour

Tatura Irrigation & Wartime Camps Museum, Tatura

Framed watercolour Painting of Tatura Internment Camp 4 tree plantation with approaching dust storm.

Historical information

Dr. Leonhard Adam was an internee in Camp 2.

Inscriptions & Markings

Camp No. 4 Tatura (Victoria) "Dust Storm" 8th September 1941

Button Die

Tatura Irrigation & Wartime Camps Museum, Tatura

Small metal 1" button die, grey in colour.

Historical information

Sent from Germany by Elfriede & Paul Faig.

Photograph - Tatura Football 1932

Tatura Irrigation & Wartime Camps Museum, Tatura

Sketch - Watercolour - Graf von Hardenberg

Tatura Irrigation & Wartime Camps Museum, Tatura

Watercolour sketch of man in brown/red trousers

Historical information

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

Inscriptions & Markings

Graf von Hardenberg

Photograph

Tatura Irrigation & Wartime Camps Museum, Tatura

Black and white photograph. Camp 4 end of 1945. Mary Stace COS medical orderly section d; and Annie Chu COS medical orderly section A standing behind a flower bed with end of hut to their left.

Historical information

Medical orderlies from Camp 4.

Book - Wenn es Schneit

Tatura Irrigation & Wartime Camps Museum, Tatura

Faded blue soft cardboard cover. Snow scene and 1944-45, on the front cover. Book has been handstitched to cover. Some pictures in the book have been hand coloured.

Historical information

Illustrated book of poems and drawings by Alfons Koenig, an internee in Camp 3 made for Christmas 1944. 2 copies

Inscriptions & Markings

Pictures: BDM Linocuts: Alfons Koenig Title page and Manuscripts: Alfons Koenig Editor: The Management of the German Internment Camp 3, Tatura Australia

Photograph - Hastie Family

Tatura Irrigation & Wartime Camps Museum, Tatura

Hastie Family|L-R: Joan, Mr Tom Hastie, Mrs Hastie, Margaret.

Photographs - Copy - Captain Leslie William Butler

Tatura Irrigation & Wartime Camps Museum, Tatura

Historical information

Borrowed material for photographing- Captain Leslie William Butler, Project Officer at Camp 13, with his records from WW1 and photographs of items made for him by German POWs, niz an inlaid box with scenes on each side and lid; a wooden puzzle and wooden bookends in the form of six books, engraved with his name and from AEP, Murchison 1946.

Photograph - William Rooney

Tatura Irrigation & Wartime Camps Museum, Tatura

Historical information

William Rooney, First Secretary Engineer to the Shire of Rodney.|Rodney Shire|Tatura

Photograph - Bazeley's Victoria Hotel 1899

Tatura Irrigation & Wartime Camps Museum, Tatura

Bazeley's Victoria Hotel 1899, Hogan Street. Features two women posing on balcony; horse trough; streetlamp attached to hotel.

Book - Silences and Secrets: The Australian Experience of the Weintraubs Syncopators

Tatura Irrigation & Wartime Camps Museum, Tatura

Paperback book. Glossy black front cover, black & white photo of group of musicians. Blue & white text. Back cover glossy white, black & white photo group of men standing over bass drum labelled "Weintraubs Syncopators". 305 pages. Dewey no. 781.65092

Historical information

(From back cover): "The Weintraubs Syncopators, international musical celebrities of the 1930s, embarked on a four-year journey across Europe, Russia and the Far East in exile from the antisemitic ideologies of the German Third Reich. This band of mainly Jewish musicians arrived in Sydney, Australia, in 1937. The decision of some of them to stay brought them into conflict with the aggressively protectionist Musicians’ Union of Australia. They gained employment at a high-end Sydney nightclub but when war came, were forced to come to terms with a change in their status – from celebrities to enemy aliens. Denounced for alleged espionage activities in Russia, three were interned and the band broke up. In this major recounting of the experience of the Weintraubs Syncopators, Kay Dreyfus pieces together the complex personal, social and political forces at work in this story of migration at a time of insecurity, fear and dramatic conflict." The Tatura group of camps were built after the beginning of World War 2, and held prisoners of war (enemy military) and civilian internees (enemy nationals, regardless of political affiliation, either living in Australia or in Allied territories overseas). The Weintraubs Syncopators' members were just some of the civilians caught up in the conflict.

Photograph - Football team 1912

Tatura Irrigation & Wartime Camps Museum, Tatura

Historical information

Three b. & w. photos - Phair Collection|Anglican Sunday School 1901.|Football team 1912.|State School 1903.

Photograph - copy - Sir Ronald East

Tatura Irrigation & Wartime Camps Museum, Tatura

Historical information

Original photo borrowed by Museum for copying. Sir Ronald East as a young man astride the Murray River near Nyah, during drought year

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

Photograph - Mr. & Mrs. Gibb.

Tatura Irrigation & Wartime Camps Museum, Tatura

Historical information

Two awards given to Gibb Bakery c.1900.|Photo of Mr. & Mrs. Gibb.

sash

Tatura Irrigation & Wartime Camps Museum, Tatura

Long stiffened material sash of bannner o9f 3 colours, red,black & yellow with gold braid. Each end has large gold lettering in capitals: "Der General Konsul Der Bundesrepublik Deutschland"

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.

Photographs - Copy - Arandora Star

Tatura Irrigation & Wartime Camps Museum, Tatura

Historical information

Two photos of HMT "Dunera" and one of the "Arandora Star", copied from magazine..

Photograph - RSL ANZAC Day Parade c1990s

Tatura Irrigation & Wartime Camps Museum, Tatura

R.S.L. march down Hogan Street, ANZAC Day, c1990s.

Photograph

Tatura Irrigation & Wartime Camps Museum, Tatura

Black and white photograph of the Mansion in background. Outer perimeter fence with solitary guard in centre foreground.

Historical information

Dhurringile guard duty.

Coin

Tatura Irrigation & Wartime Camps Museum, Tatura

Circular metal coin - two shilling piece with hole in centre

Historical information

Used by internees at Interment Camp 3 as currency

Inscriptions & Markings

Two shillings