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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
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.

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Photograph - Camp 1 Hospital

Tatura Irrigation & Wartime Camps Museum, Tatura

Historical information

Copy of original P.M.G. blue print made in Feb. 1943, showing location of telephone cables.

Dinner Plate

Tatura Irrigation & Wartime Camps Museum, Tatura

Army issue tin dinner plate, hand painted pale green with decorative edging of pink flowers, green stems and similar centre piece

Historical information

Hand painted by internee at Camp 3. Returned from Germany

Photograph - Tatura Guests at Government House

Tatura Irrigation & Wartime Camps Museum, Tatura

Historical information

Tatura Guests at Government House Garden Party, c. 1960

Photograph - copy - Rodney Shire Council 1982

Tatura Irrigation & Wartime Camps Museum, Tatura

Historical information

Original photo loaned for digital copying. Rodney Shire Council 1982.|Back: Bernard Fitzsimmons; Andrew Crawford; Royden James (Dep. Secretary); Frank Pullar; Dennis Hunt (Dep. Shire Engineer); Edward Davis; Ted McCracken; Stuart Mock.|Front: Patricia Maher (Typiste); Jack Maher; Diane Walker (Typiste); John Purdey (Shire Secretary); Kevin Ryan (President); Arthur Knee (Shire Engineer); Norma Bear; John Gray.|Shire of Rodney|Tatura

Photograph - Colts Cricket Team 1952

Tatura Irrigation & Wartime Camps Museum, Tatura

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..

Sketch - Camp 3

Tatura Irrigation & Wartime Camps Museum, Tatura

A coloured sketch showing all the compounds at Tatura War and Internment Camp.

Historical information

There were 7 camps in the area during World War II which held about 4,000-8,000 people at any one time. 3 camps housed Prisoners Of War who were enemy servicemen captured in various theatres of war around the world and transported to Australia for the duration of the war. The remaining 4 camps held Internees who were civilians living in Australia or other Allied territories and countries at the outbreak of war and were deemed to be a security risk because of their nationality. The camps were situated in the Goulburn Valley as food was plentiful here and there was a good supply of water from the Waranga Basin.

Photograph - CWA Murchison Ball 1934

Tatura Irrigation & Wartime Camps Museum, Tatura

CWA and Younger Set Murchison Ball 1934. Group photo on the dancefloor.

Overcoat

Tatura Irrigation & Wartime Camps Museum, Tatura

Internee issue overcoat, dyed from the original burgundy to dark brown after the armistice. Box pleat at back, belt with 3 buttons and 2 pockets with flaps.

Historical information

Issued to internee.

Inscriptions & Markings

OL

Photograph - Jacks Collection

Tatura Irrigation & Wartime Camps Museum, Tatura

Photograph. - Walshe Street

Tatura Irrigation & Wartime Camps Museum, Tatura

Historical information

Walshe Street from Albert Street on left, c.1900? Possible railway refreshment room at left, shops in Casey Street..

Photograph - Debutante Ball 1938

Tatura Irrigation & Wartime Camps Museum, Tatura

Photograph. - Eildon Weir.

Tatura Irrigation & Wartime Camps Museum, Tatura

Historical information

Photograph of first Eildon Weir.

Photograph - copy - Kormoran Crew

Tatura Irrigation & Wartime Camps Museum, Tatura

Copy of B&W photograph of Kormoran crew

Historical information

Kormoran crew at Graytown camp. Back row Haas ,Frdelich, Reiser, Schopf, Ruf, Picknick, Falk. Front Row Jakob, Nolden, Agel, Brugger, Meder. Note! Hill & tall trees in background.

Photograph - ANZAC Day 1991 Plaque Unveiling

Tatura Irrigation & Wartime Camps Museum, Tatura

Original in colour photograph of ANZAC Day 1991, Unveiling memorial plaque in Tatura Gardens.

Photograph - copy - Kormoran Crew

Tatura Irrigation & Wartime Camps Museum, Tatura

A copy of 4 photographs put together to form a panorama of a group in a semi circle with Kormoran monument in the centre, mounted on a sheet of paper with other memorabilia.

Historical information

Possession of POW at Camp 13

Newspaper article - Ross Angus

Tatura Irrigation & Wartime Camps Museum, Tatura

Historical information

Newspaper obituaries.

Macrame Belt

Tatura Irrigation & Wartime Camps Museum, Tatura

Light Blue & White Macrame Belst with Tortoiseshell Buckle.

Historical information

Made by Internee . Camp 13, Murchison

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.

Painting - Watercolour - The German "war flag"

Tatura Irrigation & Wartime Camps Museum, Tatura

Stylised watercolour painting of the German war flag flying on the Kormoran.

Historical information

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

Inscriptions & Markings

The German "war flag"

Photograph - copy - Rodney Shire Council, 1978

Tatura Irrigation & Wartime Camps Museum, Tatura

Historical information

Rodney Shire Council, 1978.|Back: Kevin Ryan; Andrew Crawford; Russle Wallace (Dep' Shire Engineer); Ian Parsons; Vince Page (Health Isp.); Bernie Fitzsimmons); Frank Pullar; John Purdey (Dep. Secretary); Stefan Asboth (Assist. Engineer).|Front: John Gray; Pat Whyte (Rate Collector); Ben Perry (Secretary); Stuart Mock (President); Arthur Knee (Engineer); Jennifer George (Stenographer); Jack Smith.|Shire of Rodney|Tatura

Photograph - Tatura Male Choir

Tatura Irrigation & Wartime Camps Museum, Tatura

Coin

Tatura Irrigation & Wartime Camps Museum, Tatura

Italian coin featuring coat of arms, The date 1940 and currency value on one face. Reverse side features bust of male person with Latin script.

Historical information

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

Photograph - Kormoran

Tatura Irrigation & Wartime Camps Museum, Tatura

Colour photograph of Kormoran life boat in front of Melbourne tram.

Historical information

Photo 1. Kormoran Memorial, Camp 13.|Photo 2. Kormoran Memorial, Carnarvon.|Photo 3. Kormoran lifeboat restoration at Geraldton.

Photograph - Len MacDonald c1980s

Tatura Irrigation & Wartime Camps Museum, Tatura

Len MacDonald, c1980s, with fruit and vegetables.

Photograph - Rosella aerial

Tatura Irrigation & Wartime Camps Museum, Tatura

Historical information

Aerial photo of the Unifoods "Rosella" factory at Tatura, 1997.|Aerial photo of Rosella factory 1949.

Tie - German

Tatura Irrigation & Wartime Camps Museum, Tatura

Navy blue German WW2 naval raider crew tie insignia- Eagle at the top of yellow oval. Ship on top of a world sphere inside

Photograph - croquet club members

Tatura Irrigation & Wartime Camps Museum, Tatura

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

Photograph - Cricket Team c1889

Tatura Irrigation & Wartime Camps Museum, Tatura

"Cricket was well established in Tatura by 1880, but it was not until 1889 that the Tatura and District Cricket Club was formed, with Charles Wilson as its first President".|Early matches were played at the old Police paddock next to the Station, and later, much hard labour produced "one of the nicest grounds I have ever played on (Rev. C.H. Zercho, 1921), out of the original town rubbish depot at the Public Gardens.

Photograph

Tatura Irrigation & Wartime Camps Museum, Tatura

Black and white photograph. Lush garden in front of Decker family, mother, 2 daughters Erna and Gerda and Gerda's husband Albrecht Kazenwadel

Historical information

The Decker and Kazenwadel families were internees in Camp 3

Photograph - Hogan Street Flood 1952

Tatura Irrigation & Wartime Camps Museum, Tatura

Photo - Rodney Cash Boot Shop

Tatura Irrigation & Wartime Camps Museum, Tatura

vintage motor vehicle out front of Rodney's Cash Boot Shop

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.

Internment Camp Theatre Program - Phillharmonisches Orchester Internierungs-Lager Tatura

Tatura Irrigation & Wartime Camps Museum, Tatura

Original single page paper program with printed list of orchestral items to be performed by the camp orchestra,19th.and 20th. July 1941, in Internment Camp 1, Tatura. Also lists the names of the members of the orchestra and their instruments.

Historical information

The orchestra consisted of German male civilians interned as "Enemy Aliens" during World War 2. Those interned in 1941 were former Australian residents and New Guinea missionaries.

Significance

The program indicates the caring attitude of the Australian authorities in permitting the acquisition of musical instruments, and the encouragement offered to the internees in order to produce the concert.

Inscriptions & Markings

Nil.

Photograph - Wheat Delivery

Tatura Irrigation & Wartime Camps Museum, Tatura

Bags of wheat delivered to Tatura Flour Mill (Reilly's Flour Mill) by train, with workers posing.

Photograph - Railway Station & Goods Yards

Tatura Irrigation & Wartime Camps Museum, Tatura

Railway station and goods yards; c1920

Photograph - Railway Station c1900

Tatura Irrigation & Wartime Camps Museum, Tatura

Tatura railway station and goods yards, c1900.

photograph

Tatura Irrigation & Wartime Camps Museum, Tatura

Black and white photo of Christmas decorations, left hand side on stand.

Historical information

Christmas at an internment camp.

Photograph

Tatura Irrigation & Wartime Camps Museum, Tatura

Tatura Methodist Church c.1950

Photograph - Dhurringile P.O.W. Camp Garrison Officers c.1943

Tatura Irrigation & Wartime Camps Museum, Tatura

Historical information

Dhurringile P.O.W. Camp Garrison Officers c.1943.|50th. Australian Garrison Co.|Lieut Stanley Cocking; Maj. Wm. Ruthven. V.C.; Maj. R.A.Gordon (Commandant), Capt. "Bonnie" Mason; Bill Strong ?.

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"

Photograph - copy - Otto Jurgensen

Tatura Irrigation & Wartime Camps Museum, Tatura

Copy of B&W photograph of member of Kormoran crew

Historical information

Photo of POW Otto Jurgensen at Camp13

Photograph - Camp 13, German POW's

Tatura Irrigation & Wartime Camps Museum, Tatura

Historical information

Camp 13, German POWs.|Back: Schafer; Schmitz; Knoll; Brune; Fischer.|Front: Langer; Sauebier; Ohliger; Saluschkar; Pieler?.

Wooden Tray

Tatura Irrigation & Wartime Camps Museum, Tatura

Wooden tray. Two trays donated. Second registration number C8032.

Historical information

Tray made by unknown internee in Camp 3.

Inscriptions & Markings

Scroll carving at either end. Map of Australia and Aboriginal man carved on body of tray.

Photograph - Soccer teams

Tatura Irrigation & Wartime Camps Museum, Tatura

2 x black & white photographs. Soccer Team 1961. Back: A.Zito; T.Casuscelli; E.Murador; G.Gervasi; G.Tartaglia; I.Cardillo; C.Russo; S.Fichers; A.Serra; Rev.Fr.. Tito; Front: O.Basille; G.Carfi; L.Miranda; R.Bagnato; W.Wilson; D.Ventura. Soccer Team Under 13s 1978. Champion and Premiers. Back: C.Vraca; K.Young; V.Casuscelli; D.Bagnato. Centre: C.Flore; L.DeRosa; I.Gale; T.Bagnato; J.Carfi; J.DeAngelis. Front: E.Gallo; R.Bagnato; M.Tenace; C.Tripoli; S.Tripoli; I.Murador; S.Tripoli

Photograph - Julie Gross

Tatura Irrigation & Wartime Camps Museum, Tatura

Photograph - Linda Henderson

Tatura Irrigation & Wartime Camps Museum, Tatura

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 - Weiting

Tatura Irrigation & Wartime Camps Museum, Tatura

Photograph - Mitchell Undertakers

Tatura Irrigation & Wartime Camps Museum, Tatura

Original black and white photograph on a thick cream cardboard display board. Ed Mitchell standing outside his undertakers business.

Historical information

Mitchell's undertakers store, Tatura.

Inscriptions & Markings

E. J. Mitchell Mitchell's Store Corner Thomson and Hogan Street east side. Ed Mitchell in front.