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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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737 items with images

737 items with images

Photograph

Tatura Irrigation & Wartime Camps Museum, Tatura

photo inside compound B. Row of family huts in 1945, pram on front "verandah" on right, mounted on foam core

Historical information

photo taken in 1945 inside Templer compound Camp 3 Tatura

Photograph - Camp 3 Evangelical Lutheran Religious Instruction Class

Tatura Irrigation & Wartime Camps Museum, Tatura

Historical information

Camp 3 Evangelical Lutheran Religious Instruction Class.|New Guinea Missionaries.|Standing: Willi Flierl (N.G.); Theodore Stoll; Walter Mueller; Heinz Palmer; Wilhelm Stoll; Frieda Bergmann; Benno Glockemann; Eva Kotelmann; Hans-Erich Flierl; Mitzi Swoboda; Berta Krafft; Heinz Bulach; Hans Wagner (N.G.); Heinrich Bergmann.|Seated: Ruth Palmer; Agnes Bergmann; Gertrud Hermann; Magdalene Rubitschung.

Photograph - Weiting

Tatura Irrigation & Wartime Camps Museum, Tatura

Portrait - Oil Painting - Jacky

Tatura Irrigation & Wartime Camps Museum, Tatura

Portrait of a young girl with bow in her hair and the name "Jacky" on her jumper. Portrait on brown paper in plain varnished wooden frame. Partially covered by newspaper.

Historical information

Jacqui Seal was the daughter of the Australian Army Intelligence Officer in Camp 13, Captain Stanley L. Seal. and sometimes visited her father in camp. Mueller asked to paint Jacky her father agreed, and Mueller presented the final work to her.|Jacqui did not like the portrait and pasted newspaper over it, since partially removed.

Inscriptions & Markings

M.Mueller 1946.

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

Kitbag

Tatura Irrigation & Wartime Camps Museum, Tatura

Circular canvas bag with reinforced base. Metal eyelets around top, threaded with rope

Historical information

Sent from Germany to survivor of Kormoran POW Camp13

Inscriptions & Markings

W. Elmecher 985

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

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"

Photograph - copy - Hogan Street c.1985

Tatura Irrigation & Wartime Camps Museum, Tatura

Historical information

Borrowed for scanning. Hogan Street c.1985, looking west from railway crossing.

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.

Photograph - Butter Factory c1975

Tatura Irrigation & Wartime Camps Museum, Tatura

Photo of Butter Factory c1975

Painting - Watercolour - nil

Tatura Irrigation & Wartime Camps Museum, Tatura

Copy of water colour painting in simple black frame depicting internment camp huts with dividing compound fencing.

Historical information

Original painting by Vagarini given to Mrs. Beinsenn who also was interned in Camp 3. : Vagarini, an Italian artist interned from Palestine, Camp 3.

Inscriptions & Markings

nil

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.

Photograph - AWAS

Tatura Irrigation & Wartime Camps Museum, Tatura

Photograph - Early Settlers Bidstrup Family

Tatura Irrigation & Wartime Camps Museum, Tatura

Early settlers, the Bidstrup Family of Byrneside

Painting - Watercolour

Tatura Irrigation & Wartime Camps Museum, Tatura

Framed watercolour painting of internees and barracks with dividing fence between compounds.

Historical information

Leonhard Adam was an internee in Camp 2

Inscriptions & Markings

Tatura Camp No. Victoria, Ende Februar 1941

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.

Ring

Tatura Irrigation & Wartime Camps Museum, Tatura

Small brown metal ring, with a small heart soldered to the ring.

Historical information

The ring was made for the donor by her father in Camp 3, Tatura. The Wied family were settled in Palestine upon the beginning of WWII. Being of German nationality, they were considered a threat to security by Allied forces & were interned in temporary camps, before being shipped to Australia. In Australia they were interned in Camp 3, Tatura, a family camp for enemy nationals. Many of the internees came with few possessions. This item is just one of the handmade domestic items fashioned in the camp from largely scrap materials to give some home comforts in the initially barren surroundings of the camps, particularly to those interned with families and young children.

Photograph - Captain Maddigan and child

Tatura Irrigation & Wartime Camps Museum, Tatura

Book - Eine Handbreit Stacheldraht Unterm Kiel

Tatura Irrigation & Wartime Camps Museum, Tatura

Historical information

Written in German - telling experiences of WW2 internee, Werner Buschmann, as an internee/POW in Camps 1&3 in the Tatura Region, Victoria , Australia.

Inscriptions & Markings

165 pages, B/W photos

Photograph - Tatura Flooding 1955

Tatura Irrigation & Wartime Camps Museum, Tatura

Photograph - Football Club Premiers 1952

Tatura Irrigation & Wartime Camps Museum, Tatura

Tatura Premiership Football Team, 1952.|Back row: C. Ryan, B. McHugh, T. Ryan, I. Bunn, T. Deane, W. Corrigan, J. Mactier, B. Young, K. Anderson, H. Parker.|Centre row: S. Vagg, K. Binion, P. Crawford, L. Joyce, V. McKenzie, R. Connors, F. Joyce, R. McDonald, B. Ransom.|Front row: J. Trevaskis, R. Warnett, R. Smith, R. Daly, W. Pritchard, D. Brown (cc), G. Kerrins, P. Warnett, E. Davies.|A local football team was in existence from about 1885, and it is interesting to note that the members were called the "Tatura Bohemians" in 1888!|In 1894, when D. Heaphy was the first President of Tatura Football Club, they joined the Goulburn Valley Football Association.|"Travel to distant matches was undertaken by horse and jinker, buggy and pair until Charlie Brady, the storekeeper, suggested that special trains be run and put up the guarantee" ...quote from W.H. Bossence "Tatura" history.|Tatura teams were Premiers in 1898, 1901-02, 1904-05, 1952-53.|Tom Hogan was the first local player to be offered a game in the city of Melbourne, soon followed by Archie Wilson.|Robert Mactier, V.C. had played football for Tatura before leaving for service in WW1.

Booklet

Tatura Irrigation & Wartime Camps Museum, Tatura

Handmade buff coloured booklet camp 13 handbound at spine with thread. Black ink printing on cover, water colour of Tatura 2 camp, b & w illustrations, water colour of port scene from the Dunera, typed script on cover: "collecium taturense" Encircling cockatoo & owl, ring of barbed wire. Also written "Anniversary 1940-1941"

Historical information

Compiled in camp 4 by Dunera faculty members to substantiate the academic standard of their school. 20 copiews made

Plaque

Tatura Irrigation & Wartime Camps Museum, Tatura

Plaster cast plaque with profile of Emil Siegfried Hottelmann

Historical information

Made by internee at Camp 3 Tatura

Envelope

Tatura Irrigation & Wartime Camps Museum, Tatura

Blue envelope with black printing (old german script) and slit at the back for closing *Iron Cross- 2nd class 1939

Historical information

Used as holder for military medal/ Iron Cross. Awarded posthumously to Lance Corporal Gefreiter Franz Rapp who died in action on the Finnish front in 1941.

Inscriptions & Markings

G.F. Rapp . , 6

Photograph - Presbyterian Ladies Fellowship c.1937

Tatura Irrigation & Wartime Camps Museum, Tatura

Presbyterian Ladies Fellowship, c. 1937.

Historical information

One of Albert Hampton Collection.

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

Photograph - Group of children in Camp 3

Tatura Irrigation & Wartime Camps Museum, Tatura

Historical information

Group of children in Camp 3 with their teacher. Official photo 834

Photograph - Bert Dowell

Tatura Irrigation & Wartime Camps Museum, Tatura

Photograph - Racing Club Dinner, 1955

Tatura Irrigation & Wartime Camps Museum, Tatura

Historical information

Racing Club Dinner, 1955. (Approx). L-R nearest table: Postmaster, J Carroll, Palmer Young, ...., ....., Merv and Dais Fletcher, Father O"Sullivan, Wal Reddie, Frank McWhimsey, Frank Sevenson, Tom Cornish. Centre Row: Neil Colliver, Jack O'Meara, Bill Pritchard, Tom Hunter, Jack O'Toole, ...., ...., ...., Mick O'Reilly, ..., Jim Young. Back Row:Jim Harford, Jerry Carlyon.