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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.

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756 items with images

756 items with images

Jewel Box

Tatura Irrigation & Wartime Camps Museum, Tatura

Wooden inlay, hinged, star pattern, wooden feet.

Historical information

Manufactured in Camp 3

Photograph - Jacks Collection

Tatura Irrigation & Wartime Camps Museum, Tatura

Photograph - Coursing and Racing Club

Tatura Irrigation & Wartime Camps Museum, Tatura

Black and white photograph of members of the Plumpton Coursing Club. Photograph on foam backing.

Historical information

Greyhound Coursing was popular as far back as 1886, when the first president of the club was Mr Gellion. From 1896, open coursing was held at Dhurringile Estate until 1904, when meetings were held "in the paddock north of the town" In 1919 the Tatura Plumpton Coursing Club was inaugurated and successfully ran many of the classics, such as the Oaks, Derby, and Waterloo Cup meetings until 1967, when Plumpton Coursing was declared illegal. Plumpton Coursing Club: L-R: Neil Colliver, Mick O'Reilly, Jack Maher, John Marker, Tom Cornish.

Inscriptions & Markings

Plumpton Coursing Club - list of members (see below). approximately 1950's.

Photograph - Williams Cross

Tatura Irrigation & Wartime Camps Museum, Tatura

Coin

Tatura Irrigation & Wartime Camps Museum, Tatura

German coin featuring eagle crest, date 1940's and German script on one face. on reverse face currency value.

Historical information

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

Photograph - Presbyterian school picnic

Tatura Irrigation & Wartime Camps Museum, Tatura

Photograph - Duke of Gloucester procession 1934

Tatura Irrigation & Wartime Camps Museum, Tatura

Photograph - Edgar Francis Electrical Goods Shop Group c1960

Tatura Irrigation & Wartime Camps Museum, Tatura

Laminated photocopy with original, same registration numbers. Group photo of Edgar Francis Electrical Goods Shop c1960.|Back row: Keith Russell, Lin Thompson, Mr McCormack, Bill Scanlon, J. Wain, H. Poulson, Jim Stark.|Seated: Jean Davies, Edgar and Val Francis.

Folio - Army Garrison.

Tatura Irrigation & Wartime Camps Museum, Tatura

Black two ring folder

Historical information

Miscellaneous material donated or collected.

Photograph

Tatura Irrigation & Wartime Camps Museum, Tatura

Black and white photograph of 3 soldiers in front a tent. To left of photo open tent with floor.

Historical information

Army soldiers/guards from Dhurringile.

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 - Rodney Irrigators

Tatura Irrigation & Wartime Camps Museum, Tatura

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

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. - 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..

Model - HMAS Sydney

Tatura Irrigation & Wartime Camps Museum, Tatura

Grey plastic model of HMAS Sydney mounted on a wooden base

Historical information

Model of HMAS Sydney (destroyed in action with HST Kormoran Nov 1941) made by a survivor who missed the last voyage. All hands were lost on that voyage

Photograph - Sir Edward Dunlop

Tatura Irrigation & Wartime Camps Museum, Tatura

Sir Edward Dunlop with Rodney Shire Council President

Photograph - First Dhurringile Guard, No. 2 Platoon

Tatura Irrigation & Wartime Camps Museum, Tatura

Black and white photographic copy of photo of 30 soldiers including officer.

Historical information

Official Army photograph taken in 1941. No. 2 Platoon of garrison at Dhurringile POW Camp, south of Tatura, 1941.

Inscriptions & Markings

First Dhurringile Guard 1941, No. @ Platoon.

Gift box

Tatura Irrigation & Wartime Camps Museum, Tatura

Rectangular multi coloured (red, royal blue and yellowy gold), paper covered cardboard box, divided into 3 sections (1 long rectangle, 2 small rectangles

Historical information

Handmade at Camp 3 by Internee

Gramophone Record - Die Borg Im Osten" by Ernst D Stieberife

Tatura Irrigation & Wartime Camps Museum, Tatura

Circular 78 musical record (German). On label in centre is written "Grossdeutscher-Rundfunk" above logo (eagle over swastika) Dated 13.3.41 "Die Borg Im Osten" by Ernst D Stieberife. In brown paper sleeve

Historical information

Used by POW's at Camp 13, Murchison. Recording of Nazi wartime march. Title translates to "The Manor in the East".

Inscriptions & Markings

64107R

Photograph - Bert Dowell

Tatura Irrigation & Wartime Camps Museum, Tatura

Photograph - Mechanics Institute c1980

Tatura Irrigation & Wartime Camps Museum, Tatura

Mechanics Institute, c1980.

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 - 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

Sketch -copy - Sketch of fellow "Dunera" internee in Camp 2 by Robert Hoffman

Tatura Irrigation & Wartime Camps Museum, Tatura

Historical information

Sketch of fellow "Dunera" internee in Camp 2 by Robert Hoffman, former Austrian Court Painter. Photo emailed to Museum.

Photograph

Tatura Irrigation & Wartime Camps Museum, Tatura

lord stonehaven arriving at Byrneside

Historical information

Lord Stonehaven arriving by plane for the opening of Victory hall 1926

Photograph - copy - Shire of Rodney Councillors

Tatura Irrigation & Wartime Camps Museum, Tatura

Historical information

Loaned for digital copy. Shire of Rodney Councillors, Secretary & Engineer, 1954.|Back: William. McMaster Smith; Stan Youlden; Tom Hastie; Stuart Ross; Jack Downer.|Front: Jack Maher; William Martin (Secretary); George Brewer (Pres.); Arthur Knee (Engineer); Gordon Anderson; Nathaniel Doonan.|Rodney Shire

Photograph - Kormoran Certificate on crossing Equator, 1940

Tatura Irrigation & Wartime Camps Museum, Tatura

Historical information

Kormoran Certificate on crossing Equator, 1940.|Paul Koenig.

Sketch - Watercolour - Jake Pesclitte from Berlin

Tatura Irrigation & Wartime Camps Museum, Tatura

Watercolour sketch of man in red trousers, white hat and apron

Historical information

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

Inscriptions & Markings

Jake Pesclitte from Berlin

Photograph - Flight Sergeant Reg Groves

Tatura Irrigation & Wartime Camps Museum, Tatura

Historical information

Original photo held by his sister Mrs. Anderson.