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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 49 Hogan Street 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

Location

49 Hogan Street 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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770 items with images

770 items with images

Painting - Oil - Camp 2 Internee

Key words

dunera internee
camp 2 tatura
camp 2 internment camp
t
illustrations
oil

Framed oil painting, head of internee.

Historical information

Painted during internment by Dr. Leonhard Adam. Painting donated by the daughter of Kurt Susskind {later Ken Sutton, Dunera Internee)

Tatura Irrigation & Wartime Camps Museum, Tatura

Photograph - Ex Camp 1 Internees

Key words

photograph
people

Historical information

Ex Camp 1 Internees.|Ex Dunera Internees.|8th. Employment Co. Royal Park, Melbourne|Frederick, Herbert & Louis Dressing.

Tatura Irrigation & Wartime Camps Museum, Tatura

Photograph - Methodist Church Harvest Festival

Key words

tatura
buildings
historic
religion
christian

Early Methodist Church Harvest Thanksgiving, Kerferd Street; adjoining rear of Anglican Church c1900

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Photograph - Tatura Coursing Club.

Key words

photograph
people

Historical information

1936 photos of Victorian Waterloo Cup from "The Australian" 25 July 1936.

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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 - Mill House

Key words

mill house
albert street
tatura
photography
photograph
slides
film

Coloured photo taken Sept. 2004.

Historical information

THE MILL HOUSE- Albert Street, Tatura.|Reilly®s Flour Mill operated in Tatura from 1880 to 1965. The mill was demolished in 1966. James Reilly emigrated from County Cork, Ireland, spent two years on a family farm at Fitzroy, another two years at a mill at Kilmore, and then to Murchison to build a mill. Some of his family came to Tatura to build a mill. The house was built for members of the family to live in at various times. After the mill was demolished the house remained as a residence on about the only hill in Tatura. In the late 1970®s, early 1980®s a doctor added several upstairs rooms, then in the late 1990®s the house was used as a bed and breakfast. It is now a private residence

Tatura Irrigation & Wartime Camps Museum, Tatura

Photograph - Dr. Park's house

Key words

photograph
people

Historical information

Dr. Park's house, now the Tatura Museum.|1888 Rodney Irrigation Trust Office.|1896-1907 Dr. Alexander Park's surgery.|1921- 1938 Dr. James Park's surgery.| - 1982 Home of Mr. & Mrs. James Reilly.|1982-1988 Rented premises.|1988- Bi- Centennial Project- Tatura Museum purchased by Tatura & District Historical Society with financial assistance from Shire of Rodney.|Rodney Shire|Tatura

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Sketch - Watercolour - Graf von Hardenberg

Key words

graytown pow camp
georg rosenkranz
illustrations
watercolour
graf von hardenberg

Watercolour sketch of man in brown/red trousers

Historical information

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

Inscriptions & Markings

Graf von Hardenberg

Tatura Irrigation & Wartime Camps Museum, Tatura

Photograph - Flour Mill

Key words

flour mill c1910
flour mill c1970
photograph
people

Tatura Irrigation & Wartime Camps Museum, Tatura

Photograph - Rodney Arts Society Exhibition 1984

Key words

photograph
people

Tatura Irrigation & Wartime Camps Museum, Tatura

Riding Crop

Key words

murchison
camp 13
tatura
garrison
prisoner of war
internee camps
ww2

Dark brown wooden crop or swagger stick with a wooden knob on one end and a horse hair plume attached with cord to the other end. Fine cord attached to knob end with a loop for hanging.

Historical information

Made by a German Prisoner of War in Camp 13 (Murchison) and given to a member of the garrison, R. E. O'Hara. Internees / POW's made many items from largely scrap material during their time in the camps.

Significance

This item holds historical and cultural significance as an example of the ingenuity of internees & how many occupied their time in camps, shaping the cultural and creative life of those in the camps. Also a possible indicator of relationship between garrison and internees.

Tatura Irrigation & Wartime Camps Museum, Tatura

Photograph - Bill Day

Key words

day
bill in fireman's uniform

B. & W. Photo

Tatura Irrigation & Wartime Camps Museum, Tatura

Painting - Oil

Key words

painting
oil
vagarini c
baer dr t
camp
tatura
ww2 camps
illustrations

Oil painting of a hilly landscape with a lake in the distance and winding stream and fir tree centre right. Gold frame

Historical information

In the possession of internee at Camp 3.

Inscriptions & Markings

Bottom right hand corner (in red) "Vagarini 1924"

Tatura Irrigation & Wartime Camps Museum, Tatura

Photograph - Memorial to HMAS Sydney

Historical information

Memorial to HMAS "Sydney" at Geraldton. W.A. 2003.

Tatura Irrigation & Wartime Camps Museum, Tatura

Painting - Watercolour - Cairo Courtyard

Key words

c. rippert
internment camp 3
internment camp artists
glockmann family
charlotte rippert

Watercolour painting of "Cairo Courtyard" on wooden board, wide brown wooden frame

Historical information

Painted and used at Internment camp 3.

Inscriptions & Markings

C. Rippert. On back: "Numurkah Butter Factory, Victoria, Australia. 54 lbs nett. Produced in the district of Numurkah. "Pure Creamery Butter". G. Glockemann - Hornsby. On a sticker "Gemalde" Von Frau Rippert Ruckseite Des Bildes Von Historischem Interesse. Frau Charlotte Rippert, the artist, was a German Lutheran Missionary in Egypt in the 1930's. Interned by British in Cairo and transported to Australia on the Queen Elizabeth, arriving in Sydney, 31 August 1941.

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Photograph - Rosella aerial

Historical information

Aerial photo of the Unifoods "Rosella" factory at Tatura, 1997.|Aerial photo of Rosella factory 1949.

Tatura Irrigation & Wartime Camps Museum, Tatura

Coin

Key words

camp 13
murchison
coin

Italian coin featuring bust of woman, the word 'Italia' and currency value on one face. Reverse face features bust of man and Latin script.

Historical information

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

Tatura Irrigation & Wartime Camps Museum, Tatura

Photograph - Tatura Butter Factory personel

Historical information

Tatura Butter Factory personal, ? ;Bruce M.H.R. & Mrs Lloyd; Noel & Yvonne Russel; ? ;| Tatura Butter Factory personal, "Tib" Reilly; ? ; Mr. Fraser; Joe Ford

Tatura Irrigation & Wartime Camps Museum, Tatura

Photograph - Ball c1930s

Key words

tatura
ball
costume
female
male
buildings
historic

Group photo inside the decorated hall. Unidentified ball, c1930s.

Tatura Irrigation & Wartime Camps Museum, Tatura

Photograph - Margaret Hastie 1938

Key words

tatura
hastie
costume
female
ceremonial
performing
arts
dance

Margaret Hastie 1938. Debutante portrait. Photo incased in the original card, with inscription on the card: To Marge, With Love Margaret. 1938.

Tatura Irrigation & Wartime Camps Museum, Tatura

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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Wooden Tray

Wooden tray. Two trays donated. Second registration number C8032.

Historical information

Tray made by unknown internee in Camp 3.

Inscriptions & Markings

Scroll carving at either end. Map of Australia and Aboriginal man carved on body of tray.

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Sketch Plan - Internment Camp 3 Tatura as in 1945

Key words

palestine group
singapore group
new guinea group
helmut ruff
manfred haering
camp 3 layout

Copy of black ink and coloured A3 plan mounted on hardboard showing layout of buildings and perimeter fencing of camp 3 Tatura. Original hand drawn.

Historical information

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

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Photograph - Rotarian Mr Lowry

Key words

lowry jack
laws niela
vibert
david
rotary
paul harris award
rodney shire president
shire of rodney
tatura
photograph
people

Historical information

Jack Lowry awarded Paul Harris Award in Rotary 22.04.1987.

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Photograph

Key words

goulburn weir c1999
irrigation

Tatura Irrigation & Wartime Camps Museum, Tatura

Photograph - AWAS

Key words

photograph
people

Tatura Irrigation & Wartime Camps Museum, Tatura

Photograph - Pat Kerrins

Key words

kerrins pat
combat missions
raaf
photograph
people

Tatura Irrigation & Wartime Camps Museum, Tatura

Photograph - Engine collision

Key words

machinery
engines
steam

Tatura Irrigation & Wartime Camps Museum, Tatura

Photograph - copy - Hermann Ortmann

Key words

photography
photograph
slides
film

Copy of B&W photograph of member of Kormoran Crew in a plastic frame

Historical information

Photo of POW Herman Ortmann at Graytown camp

Tatura Irrigation & Wartime Camps Museum, Tatura

Booklet - Collegium Taturense Anniversary 1940-1941

Key words

collegium taturence
collegium taturence anniversary 1940-1941
camp education

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: "Collegium Taturense" encircling a ring of barbed wire which has an owl and cockatoo in it. Underneath is written "Anniversary 1940-1941"

Historical information

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

Inscriptions & Markings

as above

Tatura Irrigation & Wartime Camps Museum, Tatura