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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

Photograph - Dosser, Bob

Historical information

Dosser, Bob. Standing at his back door during floods.

Tatura Irrigation & Wartime Camps Museum, Tatura

Photograph - Bazeley's Victoria Hotel 1899

Key words

tatura
buildings
historic
costume
female

Bazeley's Victoria Hotel 1899, Hogan Street. Features two women posing on balcony; horse trough; streetlamp attached to hotel.

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Photograph - Jeweller

Key words

photograph
buildings

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Photograph - Alex McLean

Historical information

Alex Mc Lean, Station Master 1954 - 1973

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Posters

Key words

camp theatre productions
wilhelm tell
shakespear productions in camps

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.

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Photograph - Japanese women in traditional costume.

Key words

tatura
japanese family camp
japanese
japanese internees
internment
rushworth
goulburn valley
kimono

A black and white photograph featuring two young Japanese women in traditional costume.

Historical information

This photograph depicts two young Japanese women demonstrating traditional Japanese cultural practice whilst living at Tatura Internment and Wartime Camps during the Second World War.

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Programme - Tatura Melody 1940

Key words

tatura
documents
programmes

Hand produced programme of concert "Tatura Melody 1940". Cover of waxed paper, printed and illustrated in ink (black). Insert of programme typed dated 3 nov 1940. Wording on cover Hans Blay presents: Tatura Melody 1940

Historical information

Programme of musical show presented by Hans Blay & Company. Refugees at the Tatura Camp (of the Singapore Group)

Inscriptions & Markings

Meilich

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Photograph - Major Scholfield

Key words

scholfield thomas hallett
major
army records
photograph
people

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Photograph - Rushworth Choir Perform c1991

Key words

tatura
choirs
rushworth
church
anglicans
concert
religion
christian

Rushworth Choir performs to Tatura 50 & Overs in the Anglican Church Hall, c 1991.

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Photograph - Presbyterian Ladies Fellowship c.1937

Key words

photograph
people

Presbyterian Ladies Fellowship, c. 1937.

Historical information

One of Albert Hampton Collection.

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Photograph

Key words

rodney irrigation trust
walter scott murray
photograph
people

Rodney Irrigation Trust Building

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Coin

Key words

camp 13
coin
murchison

Italian coin featuring eagle crest, word 'Italia', Date 1940 and currency value on one face. Reverse face features bust of male person and Latin script.

Historical information

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

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Photograph - Joan Ford

Key words

ford
joe
ford joane
raaf & raf (womens)
photograph
people

Tatura Irrigation & Wartime Camps Museum, Tatura

Photograph - Group of children in Camp 3

Historical information

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

Tatura Irrigation & Wartime Camps Museum, Tatura

Trousers - mens

Key words

tatura
uniforms
navy

Navy blue trousers. Front flap forms 2 pockets when buttoned up. 6 buttons and buttonholes close front. Adjustable clips on side.

Historical information

Sent from Germany to survivor of Kormoran POW in Camp13 replacing possessions lost 19 Nov 1941

Inscriptions & Markings

Elmecker 4

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Folio - Dunera Camp 2.

Key words

documents
reports

Blue 3 ring folder.

Historical information

Various material donated to Museum

Inscriptions & Markings

Camp 2.

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Photograph - Malcolm Fraser

Key words

photograph
people

Tatura Irrigation & Wartime Camps Museum, Tatura

News Article - Post Office Centenary

Key words

post office centenary
photograph
people

Tatura Irrigation & Wartime Camps Museum, Tatura

Plan - Waranga Basin Project.

Key words

waranga basin
irrigation
agriculture
rural
industry

Historical information

Original plan held at Tatura Office og Murray Goulburn Water, electronically copied.

Tatura Irrigation & Wartime Camps Museum, Tatura

Photograph - Rodney Shire Councillors 1906

Key words

government
local
council
costume
male

Headshots of the councillors and officers of the Shire of Rodney; 30th of April 1906; presented by the President Cr. John Gilford, J.P.

Tatura Irrigation & Wartime Camps Museum, Tatura

Photograph - Jean Davies

Historical information

Jean Davies born c.1910 in Tatura, daughter of Hill, editor of the local newspaper. Photo taken c.2002.

Tatura Irrigation & Wartime Camps Museum, Tatura

Photograph - Tatura's Town Lights cartoon

Key words

photograph
people

Tatura Irrigation & Wartime Camps Museum, Tatura

Painting - Watercolour - Ipse Fici

Key words

tatura
dunera
internee camps
illustrations
watercolour

Framed watercolour self portrait by artist Leonhard Adam in Tatura internment camp.

Historical information

Dr Leonhard Adam was an internee in Camp 2.

Inscriptions & Markings

Ipse Fici . Leonhard Adam

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Painting - Watercolour

Key words

tatura
dunera'
internee camps
illustrations
watercolour

Framed watercolour painting of Tatura internment camp barracks through doorway.

Historical information

Dr. Leonhard Adam was an internee in Camp 2.

Inscriptions & Markings

Tatura Camp, Australia, 1940

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photograph

Key words

camp 3
christmas in an internment camp
christmas decorations

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

Historical information

Christmas at an internment camp.

Tatura Irrigation & Wartime Camps Museum, Tatura

Photograph - Mr. & Mrs. Bazeley

Historical information

B. & W. photo of Mr. & Mrs. Bazeley & Description.

Tatura Irrigation & Wartime Camps Museum, Tatura

Photograph - Major Diamond Obituary

Key words

diamond
maj
photograph
newspaper
article

Tatura Irrigation & Wartime Camps Museum, Tatura

Document - Michael Kavanagh

Photograph and document

Historical information

Kavanagh, Michael, pioneer settler, orchardist and member of the Rodney Irrigation Trust..

Tatura Irrigation & Wartime Camps Museum, Tatura

Photograph

Key words

cricket team
photograph
people

Famous Cricket Team

Tatura Irrigation & Wartime Camps Museum, Tatura

Document - Fortuna siblings

Historical information

Mafalda Fortuna's recollections of her families arrest in Palestine, transportation on the "Queen Elizabeth", and internment in Camp 3. Four pages.|Photo of Fortuna siblings seated on stone entrance to mess/school hut in Compound a, Camp 3.

Tatura Irrigation & Wartime Camps Museum, Tatura