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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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5331 items

5331 items

Newspaper cutting - G. V. Turf Club

Tatura Irrigation & Wartime Camps Museum, Tatura

Historical information

Newspaper cutting of G. V. Turf Club.|Back: J.S. Carlyon; J.McCormack; F.Stevenson; W.Reddie; B.Quinn; P.Maher.|Front: J.Thomas; J.O'Toole; J. Lee.

Photograph - Big Eildon Project

Tatura Irrigation & Wartime Camps Museum, Tatura

Large sepia photograph. Terraced earthen bank forming wall of reservoir main feature - trees and several telegraph poles in foreground - gently rounded hills on horizon.

Historical information

Taken by photographer for State Rivers and Water Supply Commission.

Inscriptions & Markings

Below photo: "BIG EILDON PROJECT / MAIN BANK FROM OBSERVATION POINT."

Folio - A Profile of Hans Knorr

Tatura Irrigation & Wartime Camps Museum, Tatura

Black plastic cover, ring binder, spine. 8 plastic pockets contain A4 sheets

Historical information

A profile of Hans Knorr, sculptor, ex Arandoora Star and Dunera. Interned in camp 1 Tatura Group and later POW camp 13 when status for merchant seamen changed to POW.

Photograph - Tatura Museum's Exhibit at International Airshow, Avalon, 2002

Tatura Irrigation & Wartime Camps Museum, Tatura

Historical information

Tatura Museum's Exhibit at International Airshow, Avalon, 2002

Photograph - Italian POW

Tatura Irrigation & Wartime Camps Museum, Tatura

Book - Tribus

Tatura Irrigation & Wartime Camps Museum, Tatura

Cream coloured dust cover with brown writing on the front and spine. Cream coloured soft cover. Written in German. 24 pages of reproductions.

Historical information

Dr. Leonhard Adam studied both Anthropology and Jurisdiction as a young man

Washboard

Tatura Irrigation & Wartime Camps Museum, Tatura

Wooden framed washing board with corrugated glass washing panel

Inscriptions & Markings

Cry Made in Australia (The rest is unreadable)

Scrapbook - newspaper cuttings - Tatura Theatre Group

Tatura Irrigation & Wartime Camps Museum, Tatura

School exercise book, black cover. Contains newspaper cuttings (mainly Tatura Guardian) 1957-1965 relating to Tatura Theatre group and associated groups in the above years.

Historical information

Valuable details of the workings and meetings of the group in their best years.

Inscriptions & Markings

Tatura Theatre Group. Press cuttings, programs, tickets, photos. 1957 - 1965. Agnes Engel.

Photograph - Camp Hospital Huts

Tatura Irrigation & Wartime Camps Museum, Tatura

This hospital hut was bought at Auction by Bill & Joyce Baker and Ian & Ethel Stone. Joyce and Ethel were twin sisters.The 2 families purchased the hut in 1948, the hut was brought to their allotment in Ross Street, and converted into a residence.

Photograph - Marie La Peyre with Japanese exchange student

Tatura Irrigation & Wartime Camps Museum, Tatura

Marie La Peyre with Japanese Rotary Exchange student wearing traditional Kimono dress. c1970s.

Photograph - Tatura Boy Scouts

Tatura Irrigation & Wartime Camps Museum, Tatura

B & W photo

Historical information

Tatura Boy Scouts - date unknown

Photograph - copy - Wounded Soldier

Tatura Irrigation & Wartime Camps Museum, Tatura

Copy of a photograph of the head of an Australian soldier mounted on a foam backing

Historical information

Sculpture made by Pte Bruno Simon V377556, a 30 year old internee who became a member of the CMF Employment Company. After Nazism came to Germany in 1933, Simon studied sculpture in Paris and Florence and then came to Australia. He was a Jewish internee allowed released from camp in 1942 and after a short period picking fruit joined the CMF Employment Co.

Photograph

Tatura Irrigation & Wartime Camps Museum, Tatura

Black and white photograph of Governor General Bill Hayden, talking with Peter Lasky at the 50th anniversary on 6 September 1990. Commemorating and landing of the Dunera 1940.

Historical information

Dunera reunion. 50th anniversary

Book, Exercise

Tatura Irrigation & Wartime Camps Museum, Tatura

School exercise book with "dust cover" made of sheets of newspaper, white paper label on front. Lined paper entries handwritten in ink. Picture of Stott's Business College on front cover. Printed in biro : Helmut Ruff, French Grammar, (2) 1942,1943, Int. Camp 3 School.

Historical information

Used by Internee Helmut Ruff at Camap 3 school for subject French Grammar (20

Inscriptions & Markings

Grammaire Francaise, Helmut Ruff.

Rope Making Machine

Tatura Irrigation & Wartime Camps Museum, Tatura

Metal encased cog with 4 turning hooks, drawn by manually turned handle. Rope making machine mounted on timber base.

Historical information

Donated by Ralph Newnham Tatura blacksmith. 1930- 1990.

Inscriptions & Markings

The New Era Rope Machine. Keep oiled. Patend 18 July 1911.

Recorder

Tatura Irrigation & Wartime Camps Museum, Tatura

Handmade wooden recorder

Historical information

Made by internees at Camp 3, Tatura. The material was selected from firewood. Erich Bulach tuned the recorder to a perfect pitch

Spoon

Tatura Irrigation & Wartime Camps Museum, Tatura

Dessert spoon made from stainless steel. Internment camp issue.

Inscriptions & Markings

Allbright Stainless Steel. "G" for Gunter engraved on back of handle.

Photograph - copy

Tatura Irrigation & Wartime Camps Museum, Tatura

B & W photograph of two (2) male officers WW2. Group Commandant Colonel Bush with Captain Bain, Adjutant. Garden right and left mid distance. Hut left background.

Historical information

Army officer. WW2 Camps

Framed Picture

Tatura Irrigation & Wartime Camps Museum, Tatura

Blue and white sketch of Waranga Basin. Inside a circle of barbed wire is an owl and a galah. In a light coloured wooden frame.

Historical information

Given to George Eckert by his friend Felix Gutman who came to Australia on the Dunera and spent most of the war at Tatura.

Inscriptions & Markings

1942 Wishing You a Happy New Year Colle Givm Taturense No 1V Internment camp

Small booklet - We're Not Giving up Our Monday Nights

Tatura Irrigation & Wartime Camps Museum, Tatura

Time line and member list written for 20th birthday with relevent info. included.

Historical information

Written into the book are descriptions of the numerous activities, and civic contributions of BPW-

Autograph Book

Tatura Irrigation & Wartime Camps Museum, Tatura

Child's Handmade autograph book with wooden block- hand-painted on cover.

Historical information

Autographed/ contributions on pages by internees.

Inscriptions & Markings

Kurt Kazenwadel

Photograph

Tatura Irrigation & Wartime Camps Museum, Tatura

Matches - wax

Tatura Irrigation & Wartime Camps Museum, Tatura

Original tin containing 90 wax matches. Also cardboard in the tin plus a war effort message.

Inscriptions & Markings

Bell's Waterproof Wax Vestas. Message inside: Help the war effort. Save this tin and refill with Bells Waterproof Plaid Vestas". Made in Australia

Newspaper Article - Vincent Daly

Tatura Irrigation & Wartime Camps Museum, Tatura

Shepparton News article featuring Vincent Daly 1921 - 1969. A former Tatura (Byrneside) boy - pilot in WW2 as told by his brother Pat. Double page spread with colour photos.

Historical information

Friday 19 December 2008. Heading: Tale of Airman's Survival Finally Told". Double page article prepared by Shepparton News journalist John Lewis on life before, during and after WW2. Features his survival following crash in Scotland.

Document- Journal

Tatura Irrigation & Wartime Camps Museum, Tatura

Copy of Australian Jewish Historical Society Journal vol. XXI 2013, Part 3.

Historical information

Published by the Australian Jewish Historical Society, this edition contains articles relevant to the Dunera Association.

Photograph - Camp 3 Internees

Tatura Irrigation & Wartime Camps Museum, Tatura

Historical information

Camp 3 Internees from Palestine.|Back: Rudolf & Helene Hoefer.|Front: Ann Sawatsky; Uli & Traude Hoefer with Frau Guntner & her Children.

Warship - Japanese warship

Tatura Irrigation & Wartime Camps Museum, Tatura

Handmade wooden model on a stand. Japanese inscription in front of warship as well as "Tatura Australia" below Japanese inscription both standing on this stand beside the warship.

Historical information

Given to Corporal Taylor, a guard at camp 4 in appreciation of his treatment

Inscriptions & Markings

As in the physical description, with inscriptions on stand.

C.D. - Letters Ludwig Hirschfeld Mack- Transcribed

Tatura Irrigation & Wartime Camps Museum, Tatura

Letters written by Ludwig Hirschfeld Mack to his daughter while interned on the Isle of Man, the Dunera, Hay and Tatura Internment Camps. Two CDs.

Historical information

Letters in German held by Hirschfeld Mack's son, copied to CD given to Resi Schwarzbauer who transcribed the to English and placed on CD.

Book - British and Colonial Dairying

Tatura Irrigation & Wartime Camps Museum, Tatura

Hard cover - olive green - gold lettering

Historical information

Published to familiarise "Colonials" with the production of dairy products and their place as the source of supply to Great Britain

Drill Bits

Tatura Irrigation & Wartime Camps Museum, Tatura

Metal bit for drilling holes - spiral end. Used in conjunction with handle (C 7200).|Located in tool kit (C7199).

Historical information

Used by internee at Camp 3