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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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755 items with images

755 items with images

Medal - German

Tatura Irrigation & Wartime Camps Museum, Tatura

Metal blue & silver medal. Swastika in the centre surrounded by "Der Deutschen Mutter". Blue and white ribbon attached

Historical information

Medal wqaarded to mothers

Inscriptions & Markings

16 December 1938. Signature illegible

Photograph - Engine collision

Tatura Irrigation & Wartime Camps Museum, Tatura

Lathe

Tatura Irrigation & Wartime Camps Museum, Tatura

Heavy handmade metal lathe. Made in Camp 3 by Gotthilf Kaltenbach & Manuel Kaltenbach. Made of British army scrap metal, painted in British Army colours.

Historical information

Made in camp 3 from British Army scrap. Sent from Germany by Elfriede & Paul Faig.

Sketch - Watercolour

Tatura Irrigation & Wartime Camps Museum, Tatura

Watercolour sketch of a man's head and shoulders between two ears of wheat

Historical information

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

Inscriptions & Markings

A ? run "Ost-Friesland" in the crew of "Kormoran

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.

sketch

Tatura Irrigation & Wartime Camps Museum, Tatura

Laminated watercolour sketch of many tents with huts and large gum trees in the background. Brown frame with gold edge

Historical information

Hand drawn by internee at Camp13

Photograph - Major Scholfield

Tatura Irrigation & Wartime Camps Museum, Tatura

Photograph - Tom Flanagan

Tatura Irrigation & Wartime Camps Museum, Tatura

Historical information

Tom Flanagan at the Demolition of Sacred Heart Primary School. Built 1900 - Demolished 1966

Photograph

Tatura Irrigation & Wartime Camps Museum, Tatura

B & W. photo. Concrete, stone construction. Hut in background. Women in fore ground.

Historical information

7th garrison battalion emblem. internment camp, WW2.

Inscriptions & Markings

7th garrison

Photograph

Tatura Irrigation & Wartime Camps Museum, Tatura

Tatura Methodist Church c.1950

Photograph - Williams' Store and Grocery Department 1880

Tatura Irrigation & Wartime Camps Museum, Tatura

Frank Williams' Store and Grocery Department, Hogan Street, interior 1880.

Badge - military

Tatura Irrigation & Wartime Camps Museum, Tatura

Metal German paratroopers dual badge depicting a leaf design around outer edge and a swastika. A flying eagle in the centre of the badge.

Historical information

Found at Camp13 site, post war, by wartime guard

Photograph - Hastie Family

Tatura Irrigation & Wartime Camps Museum, Tatura

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

Photograph - Fuzzard

Tatura Irrigation & Wartime Camps Museum, Tatura

Photograph - Presbyterian Mens Group

Tatura Irrigation & Wartime Camps Museum, Tatura

Photograph - Guardhouse, post war

Tatura Irrigation & Wartime Camps Museum, Tatura

Historical information

Camp 13 for German & Italian POWs.|Photo 1. Guardhouse, post war.|Photo 2. Gaol.

Photograph

Tatura Irrigation & Wartime Camps Museum, Tatura

Rodney Irrigation Trust Building

Photograph - camp 1 garrison parade

Tatura Irrigation & Wartime Camps Museum, Tatura

Historical information

camp 1 garrison parade

Photograph - Back To Tatura Pioneer Procession.

Tatura Irrigation & Wartime Camps Museum, Tatura

|Bertha & Jean Hill in photo.

Photograph - Councillor John Gray c1980s

Tatura Irrigation & Wartime Camps Museum, Tatura

Councillor John Gray admires children's artwork at a festival in Mooroopna, c1980s. Children and womann dressed in olden day clothes.

Photograph - Unveiling of Dr Park Memorial

Tatura Irrigation & Wartime Camps Museum, Tatura

The Memorial to Dr Park, unveiled in Hogan Street from the balcony of the Criterion Hotel, looking east across railway line. Old Post Office in right foreground; old Fire Station beyond memorial.

Bow Saw

Tatura Irrigation & Wartime Camps Museum, Tatura

Handmade wooden frame, wooden centre strut across frame. Metal serrated edged blade. Later addition of twisted baling twine at top of saw.

Historical information

Made and used by internees at Camp 3

Photograph - Pat Kerrins c1970s

Tatura Irrigation & Wartime Camps Museum, Tatura

Pat Kerrins c1970s.

Painting - Watercolour - The Lavatory Cleaner at Graytown

Tatura Irrigation & Wartime Camps Museum, Tatura

Stylised watercolour painting of Graytown camp lavatory cleaner.

Historical information

Artist Georg Rosenkranz, crewman on the HSK Kormoran, painted this while at Graytown POW Camp

Inscriptions & Markings

The Lavatory Cleaner at Graytown

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 - Duke of Gloucester procession 1934

Tatura Irrigation & Wartime Camps Museum, Tatura

Photograph - copy - Commissioners of the Rodney Irrigation Trust.

Tatura Irrigation & Wartime Camps Museum, Tatura

B. & W. Photo.

Historical information

Commissioners of the Rodney Irrigation Trust.

Photograph - Shire Offices

Tatura Irrigation & Wartime Camps Museum, Tatura

Photograph - Cesare Vollmer

Tatura Irrigation & Wartime Camps Museum, Tatura

In grey archive folder Camp 3 C0300 Sketch of Cesare Vollmer.

Book - Der Struwwelpeter

Tatura Irrigation & Wartime Camps Museum, Tatura

Beige hard cover childrens' book with red cloth spine

Historical information

Used by children, as internees, in Camp 3.First illustrated book printed specifically for German children. Translated into english, at Tatura Museum, in 2007 by Christa Albrecht of Rauenberg, Germany