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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 - Tatura Research Station

Tatura Irrigation & Wartime Camps Museum, Tatura

Historical information

First office of the Tatura Research Station.|Aerial photo of Research Institute 2000.

Painting - Watercolour

Tatura Irrigation & Wartime Camps Museum, Tatura

Framed watercolour painting of rows of barracks with internees and fencing at Tatura Camp.

Historical information

Dr. Leonhard Adam was an internee in Camp 2.

Inscriptions & Markings

Tatura Camp No. 4 1941

Photograph. - Football seconds

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 - Peret

Tatura Irrigation & Wartime Camps Museum, Tatura

Photograph - Tatura Cemetery Unveiling Cairn

Tatura Irrigation & Wartime Camps Museum, Tatura

Original in colour, photograph of the unveiling Cairn at Tatura Cemetery by Tom Flanagan.

Painting - Oil - Ludwig Winter painting

Tatura Irrigation & Wartime Camps Museum, Tatura

Oil painting in plain cream chamfered timber frame. Man in foreground with hut, high peimeter fencing and guard tower.

Historical information

Painted by former internee in Loveday camp, thought to be Ludwig Winter, and given to Mrs. Gillies. Winter, was interned from Persia, and on his release, obtained a position as Electrical Engineer at the Kyabram Cannery.

Inscriptions & Markings

Nil

Photograph - Ross' Store c1874

Tatura Irrigation & Wartime Camps Museum, Tatura

Ross' Store c1874, Ross Street; East side, south of Hogan Street. Features two women posing on verandah.

sketch

Tatura Irrigation & Wartime Camps Museum, Tatura

Laminated pencil sketch of Camp3 in plastic frame shows 3 huts, grounds/ garden & trees.

Historical information

Handdrawn by internee at Camp 3 Tatura

Inscriptions & Markings

Glunkler 1942. Tatura Australian Camp 3. B Lager Hutte 8

Photographs - Sketches by Emil Wittenberg.

Tatura Irrigation & Wartime Camps Museum, Tatura

23 15 x 10 cms photos of shetches of life as a "Dunera" internee at Hay and Tatura in silver glass fronted frame. Colour sketches of prisoners, their quarters, barracks, suggested coat of arms and banknotes.

Historical information

The original sketches were used by the Tatura Museum for an exhibition c.1997, and were photographed before their return to Wittenberg's nephew, who verbally approved of the use of these copies for any purpose by the Society.

Photos - Hogan Street Tatura

Tatura Irrigation & Wartime Camps Museum, Tatura

Historical information

Early Tatura photos emailed.|Hogan Street looking east from railway line, c.1910.|Flanagans Store c.1935, showing shop on corner and possibly the first fire station on N.E. corner of Ross & Hogan Streets.|Hogan Street looking west from railway line c.1910(2).|Flanagans' Store on cnr. Ross and Hogan Streets, c.1910.

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..

Wooden Tray

Tatura Irrigation & Wartime Camps Museum, Tatura

Wooden tray 60 mm x 35 mm x 5 mm Two trays donated. Second registration number C8033.

Historical information

Tray made by unknown internee in Camp 3.

Inscriptions & Markings

Scroll type carving at either end. Map of Australia and Kangaroo carved into tray.

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 - Harston School c.1938

Tatura Irrigation & Wartime Camps Museum, Tatura

Student group.

Historical information

Photocopy

Photograph. - Cussen House

Tatura Irrigation & Wartime Camps Museum, Tatura

Historical information

Cussen House, Ross Street, west side south of Hogan Street..

Photograph

Tatura Irrigation & Wartime Camps Museum, Tatura

A black and white photograph depicting 17 Australian guards at the Tatura Internment and Wartime Camp. Several of the guards are smiling and portable buildings can be seen in the background. The guards in the front row are holding weapons.

Historical information

The guards who appear in the photograph were members of a garrison of guards and other support staff including nurses who were stationed outside the compounds during the Second World War.

Photograph - Flight Sergeant Reg Groves

Tatura Irrigation & Wartime Camps Museum, Tatura

Historical information

Original photo held by his sister Mrs. Anderson.

Photos - a garrison member at Dhurringile

Tatura Irrigation & Wartime Camps Museum, Tatura

Seven photos in possession of Arthur Severino, garrison member at Dhurringile November 1939 - June 1940. The only information known about the photos is what was written on or beside them & that they were from Arthur's time served as a garrison member at Dhurringile. Arthur also apparently helped to maintain the powerplant whilst at Dhurringile. (Some photos of barracks may have been taken at Puckapunyal instead, where he went immediately after Dhurringile, to enlist in 2nd AIF). 1. Arthur in front of barracks doorway 2. Barracks? building 3. View of camp?? 4. Dhurringile mansion, unknown civilians in entrance (caretakers??) 5. Three people seated, Arthur on left 6. View of fenceline, paddocks, possibly Waranga Basin in background 7. Large water tank

Historical information

Photos in possession of Arthur Severino, a garrison member at Dhurringile, who also helped maintain the powerplant?. Passed on to his son, William (Bill) on his death, along with a sketch of Dhurringile (cat. # 1202).

Inscriptions & Markings

3. "March 1940" 4. "November 1939" 5. "Lance Sergeant Arthur James Severino (on left) V82052, 5th Workshop and Park COY. ; Later VX25922 HQ 21st Aust Infantry Brigade 2nd AIF; Tatura 1939" 6. "March 1940" 7. "March 1940"

Internment Camp Theatre Program - Philharmonisches Orchester, Tatura.

Tatura Irrigation & Wartime Camps Museum, Tatura

Front and back of an original hand printed and typed Philarmonic Orchestra program.

Historical information

The program illustrates the interests of the internees, and the extent of the musical equipment they were able to access, and the skill of those internee musicians listed in the program.

Significance

An original program which illustrates the interests, ingenuity and skill of the interned group.

Inscriptions & Markings

nil

Sketch Plan - Internment Camp 3 Tatura as in 1945

Tatura Irrigation & Wartime Camps Museum, Tatura

Copy of black ink and coloured A3 plan mounted on hardboard showing layout of buildings and perimeter fencing.

Historical information

Plan drawn from documents and memory by former internees. Sketch plan of Camp 3 Tatura layout as in 1945. Camp contained members of Palestine, Singapore/Straits Settlement & New Guinea Groups

Medal - German - Gefreiter Franz Rapp

Tatura Irrigation & Wartime Camps Museum, Tatura

Military medal in form of cross, black & silver with date 1 813 on one side,swatika in centre of the other. Black,white,red striped ribbon threaded through metal ring attached to medal

Historical information

Iron Cross- 2nd class, posthumously awarded to Gefreiter Frank Rapp who died in action on the Finnish front in 1941. Possession of POW in Camp 13 at Murchison

Suitcase

Tatura Irrigation & Wartime Camps Museum, Tatura

Handmade wooden suitcase with metal handle and clips. Canvas strap attached to inside of case and lid.

Historical information

Made by P.O.W at Camp 13 Murchison who was a crew member of the Ramses. Suitcase made for owners possessions.

Book - A German Church in the Garden of God

Tatura Irrigation & Wartime Camps Museum, Tatura

Charcoal grey to beige at the top, of a hard cardboard cover book. Cover depicts Melbourne 1887 and title in black text. Back cover depicts "The Sower" window donated in 2004. 2 copies

Historical information

Published for 150 years of Melbourne Trinity Lutheran Church, 1853-2003, not only as a source of reference and awareness about its own background but also as an incentive and motivation for continued active engagement of a large membership

Inscriptions & Markings

Presented to Tatura & District historical Society In. with the compliments of Trinity Lutheran Church of Melbourne.

Photograph - Robert Barron

Tatura Irrigation & Wartime Camps Museum, Tatura

Historical information

Robert Barron married May Harrison.

Tray - wood

Tatura Irrigation & Wartime Camps Museum, Tatura

Glass covered inlaid parquetry tray mounted on masonite featuring a sailing ship. Wooden handles covered with a veneer finish

Historical information

Made by German POW in Camp 13

Photograph - copy - William Connors

Tatura Irrigation & Wartime Camps Museum, Tatura

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

Historical information

Copy of original photograph presented by Mrs M. Beckwith.

Inscriptions & Markings

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

Photograph - German POW Falk

Tatura Irrigation & Wartime Camps Museum, Tatura

Historical information

Photograph of German POW Falk, taken during his National Service.

Photograph - Messrs Crawford and Ford

Tatura Irrigation & Wartime Camps Museum, Tatura

Historical information

Copy of Rodney Guardian, photograph 19.06.1974. Presentation of Community Service Award to Colonel Crawford.

Photograph - Bill Day

Tatura Irrigation & Wartime Camps Museum, Tatura

B. & W. Photo