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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.

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

Photograph - Rudi Kuhnle,

Historical information

Rudi Kuhnle, Commodore of the Waranga Boat Club, with Ian Lynch.

Tatura Irrigation & Wartime Camps Museum, Tatura

Photograph - German POW's in Camp 13

Key words

photograph
people

Heinrich Mattis, Hitler Youth Leader, Plauen, Vogtl, Germany. Shot down over North Africa. Camp 13 1941-1947.

Historical information

German POWs in Camp 13, Matriculation Class.|Photo 1. Back:Willi Voss; Sigmar Weining; Lehrer Kurt Falk; Wellenreuther; Reinhold Baeumer.|Front: ? ; Heinrich Mattis; Paul Pfennig; Walter Wahlet; ? .|Photo 2. Heinrich Mattis, 1938.

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

Book - Die Nibelungen Besprechung

Key words

camp 13
world war ii
tatura
murchison
prisoner of war camps
german pows

This manuscript was the brain child of German, Adolf Wilke, Afrika Korp, Prisoner of War. In a cell in Camp 13 he watched smoke from a chimney of the Recreation Hall where his mates were discussing a play. The verses describe various members of the group and their activities. The cartoonist was Count Hans Wolter van Gruenewaldt, a German mining engineer who escaped internment in South Africa, ending as a prisoner in Camp 13.

Historical information

This manuscript was the brain child of German, Adolf Wilke, Afrika Korp, Prisoner of War. In a cell in Camp 13 he watched smoke from a chimney of the Recreation Hall where his mates were discussing a play. The verses describe various members of the group and their activities. The cartoonist was Count hans Wolter van Gruenewaldt, a German mining engineer who escaped internment in South Africa, ending as a prsioner in Camp 13.

Tatura Irrigation & Wartime Camps Museum, Tatura

Photograph - Camp 13, German POW's

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photograph
people

Historical information

Camp 13, German POWs.|Back: Schafer; Schmitz; Knoll; Brune; Fischer.|Front: Langer; Sauebier; Ohliger; Saluschkar; Pieler?.

Tatura Irrigation & Wartime Camps Museum, Tatura

Ring

Key words

camp 3
tatura
world war ii
internment camps

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.

Tatura Irrigation & Wartime Camps Museum, Tatura

Photograph - Phyllis Mactier

Key words

tatura
mactier p
locals
costume
female

Phyllis Mactier and ?

Tatura Irrigation & Wartime Camps Museum, Tatura

Photograph - Tatura Railway station

Three photos of Tatura Railway station & one of the Rosella Siding, with steam engines.

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Three photos of Tatura Railway station & one of the Rosella Siding, with steam engines.

Tatura Irrigation & Wartime Camps Museum, Tatura

Photograph - Railway Station c1880

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tatura
buildings
historic
transport
railway

Railway station and goods yards, c1880

Tatura Irrigation & Wartime Camps Museum, Tatura

Sketch - by Georg Rosenkranz

Key words

graytown pow camp
georg rosenkranz
illustrations
gerry von gruenwald
sketch

Sketched portrait of Gerry Von Gruenwald, former mine manager and artist

Historical information

Sketched by Georg Rosenkranz, crewman aboard the HSK Kormoran

Tatura Irrigation & Wartime Camps Museum, Tatura

Painting - Watercolour

Key words

tatura
dunera
internee camps
illustrations
watercolour

Framed watercolour painting of Tatura Internment Camp 4 barracks with brilliant blue sky.

Historical information

Dr. Leonhard Adam was an internee in Camp 2.

Inscriptions & Markings

Tatura Camp 4 Victoria 1941

Tatura Irrigation & Wartime Camps Museum, Tatura

Photograph - State Rivers & Water Supply Commission

Key words

tatura
buildings
historic

Tatura Irrigation & Wartime Camps Museum, Tatura

sketch

Key words

tatura
illustrations
watercolours

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

Tatura Irrigation & Wartime Camps Museum, Tatura

Photograph - Tatura Coursing Club.

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photograph
people

Historical information

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

Tatura Irrigation & Wartime Camps Museum, Tatura

photograph

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rubitschung
bulach
camp 3
internment camp
internees
ww2
templer society
photography
slides
film

Black & white photo, the Rubitschung and Bulach families in Camp 3 Tatura. 8 people standing, 2 ladies and teenage girl with plaits seated. Number 792 in front centre

Historical information

Photo of WW2 internees at Camp 3B Tatura, 2 Templer Society families, Donated by Anneliese Beilharz

Inscriptions & Markings

number 792

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Photograph - Presbyterian Church

Key words

tatura
buildings
historic
religion
christian

Presbyterian Church, Hogan Street Tatura.

Tatura Irrigation & Wartime Camps Museum, Tatura

photo - Byrneside Tennis Club c1928

Key words

tatura
byrneside
tennis
recreations
sports
costume
female
male

Black and white photograph of Byrneside Tennis Club c 1928.

Historical information

Byrneside Tennis Club, c 1928.|Back Row: Maurie Keady, ...., Bruce Donaldson, Doris Donaldson, Miss Bryce.|Middle Row: Trixie Keady, ...., ....|Seated: Mrs George Cronyn, Mona Keady, Eileen Woodman, Aggie Woodman, Katie Woodman.|Sitting on ground: Son & daughter of Kathleen Keady.

Tatura Irrigation & Wartime Camps Museum, Tatura

Photograph - Debutante Ball 1938

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photograph
people

Tatura Irrigation & Wartime Camps Museum, Tatura

Photograph - Connor Sisters

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photograph
people

Tatura Irrigation & Wartime Camps Museum, Tatura

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.

Tatura Irrigation & Wartime Camps Museum, Tatura

Sketch -copy - Sketch of fellow "Dunera" internee Siegmund Lewinsohn in Camp 2 by Robert Hofmann

Historical information

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

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

Diary extracts - Antonio Dallanegra

Key words

antonio dallanegra
diary extract
arandora star
dunera
arandora star survivor

4 colour photographs of pages from the diary of Antonio Dallanegra.

Historical information

Antonio Dallanegra was an Welsh Italian interned in Camp 2, in 1940. The pages tell the story of the sinking of the Arandora Star and their trip back to Scotland and then onto Australia.

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Photograph - Thomas Flanagan

Historical information

B. & W. Photo of Thomas Flanagan & Description.

Tatura Irrigation & Wartime Camps Museum, Tatura

Photograph

Key words

irrigation
victoria state rivers and water supply commission
mccoll

Tatura Irrigation & Wartime Camps Museum, Tatura

Book - Stalag Australia

Key words

stalag australia
german pows
camp 13
dhurringile
ww2 camp 13

Black hard cover book, white dust cover with black and red text and a photo of the monument in Murchison POW Camp 13 on the front cover.

Historical information

Stalag Australia vividly and accurately reconstructs the story of Germans and their experiences as prisoners of war.

Tatura Irrigation & Wartime Camps Museum, Tatura

Photograph loaned - Tatura Coursing Club

Historical information

Photograph loaned. Tatura Coursing Club.|Back: Ron Lomaro; Mick O'Reilly; Charlie Ryan;|Middle: Bill Anderson; Jack O'Toole; Neil Colliver; Palmer Young.|Front: Danny Phillips; Pat Noonan & young Lomaro.

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Painting - Watercolour - The camp-commandant of Graytown

Key words

graytown pow camp
georg rosenkranz
hsk kormoran
illustrations
watercolour

Stylised watercolour painting of Graytown Camp leader

Historical information

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

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Photograph - original - William Connors

Key words

william connors

Black and white original photograph of W. Connors family, old car and old houses. Copy L0352

Historical information

original photograph presented by Mrs M. Beckwith.

Inscriptions & Markings

on back; Williams Connors, mum's son, M. Connors

Tatura Irrigation & Wartime Camps Museum, Tatura

Photograph - Presbyterian Church

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presbyterian church
photograph
people

Tatura Irrigation & Wartime Camps Museum, Tatura