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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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5274 items

5274 items

USB (memory stick) - Life of Robert Mactier

Tatura Irrigation & Wartime Camps Museum, Tatura

USB

Historical information

relating to known life of Robert Mactier VC in power point presentation form as shown at the fundraising dinner and auction at the Victory Hall on 19 October 2013 (fundraiser towards erection of a statue).

Book - Rodney Shire Council Scrap Book

Tatura Irrigation & Wartime Camps Museum, Tatura

Olympic News scrap book. Yellow background on front. Pictures of 2 zebras, Tropical Island. Yellow roses, surfing, parasailing, salad recipe. Yellow back cover. Black vinyl spine.

Historical information

Articles rom Tatura Guardian Newspapers 1988

Document - The Australian Jewish News

Tatura Irrigation & Wartime Camps Museum, Tatura

In clear plastic cover - purple printing- The Australian Jewish News. Print copy of photos of personalities. Also a letter (part obscured), from R Kahn. The obverse has the same people. from The Australian 29th Nov '91 pg 28

Historical information

Tatura's Lurline Knee was a guest when memories and old friendships were rekindled when the Dunera Boys held a reunion dinner at the Beverly Crest Hotel. Mr Robert Kahn kindly forwarded a copy of the relevant section of the Jewish News and receipt of acknowledgement of Mr Kahn's "Chapters from my past".

Inscriptions & Markings

As above

Booklet - Brief History of Telephones - Kyabram District

Tatura Irrigation & Wartime Camps Museum, Tatura

Dark beige cover. Black writing

Historical information

Brief history of telephones in Kyabram District 1878-1990. Contains reference on Page 9 to Switchboards at Interment Camps in WW2.

Suitcase

Tatura Irrigation & Wartime Camps Museum, Tatura

This is 1 of a pair of suitcases.See item C0191 for description.

Booklet - Rushworth and District

Tatura Irrigation & Wartime Camps Museum, Tatura

Small booklet describing Rushworth and district 1853-1988 to include the gold era, sport activities, schools and every day activities

Historical information

Published by Rshworth Historical Society to "Remember the pioneeers and their heritage

Photograph - Golf Club c1925

Tatura Irrigation & Wartime Camps Museum, Tatura

Tatura Golf Club c1925, on Lake Reserve & Racecourse. Club first formed in 1909 on Hogan's Paddock.

Book - Lehrbuch der Volkerkunde

Tatura Irrigation & Wartime Camps Museum, Tatura

Orange hard back cover with gold writing. Apricot dust cover. Written in German.

Historical information

Dr. Leonhard Adam studied both Anthropology and Jurisdiction as a young. Dr. Leonhard Adam's daughter, Mary Clare Adam Murvitz, presented this collection of her Father's printed archival material to Tatura Museum on 17.2.2006. In 1934 he fled from Germany seeking refuge in England. In 1940 he was interned as a security risk in England , sent to Australia in June, 1940. Interned in Camp 2 until 1942, released to Melbourne University where he catalogued aboriginal artefacts.

Book - Journal of the Australian Jewish Historical Society Vol X11 1993

Tatura Irrigation & Wartime Camps Museum, Tatura

Book - History of Toolamba

Tatura Irrigation & Wartime Camps Museum, Tatura

Brown hard cover. Fawn jacket with bush clearing sketch by Desley . Written by S. Morvell

Sandals - female

Tatura Irrigation & Wartime Camps Museum, Tatura

Pair of carved wooden platform heel sandals. Rubber like covering on heel and sole. Leather strap nailed in position to cover toes

Historical information

Used by internees at Camp 3. Known as "Klip Klop" sandals. Worn to lavatory and shower blocks early mornings.

Photograph - Former irrigation Trust Office

Tatura Irrigation & Wartime Camps Museum, Tatura

black and white photograph of building being restored to be used as museum

Historical information

Photograph of 49 Hogan Street Tatura, former Irrigation Trust Office, Doctors residence, Reilly family residence. Being restored as Irrigation and Local History Museum

Inscriptions & Markings

49 Hogan Street 1986

Document - Waranga Conservation Study. Volume 1

Tatura Irrigation & Wartime Camps Museum, Tatura

White back cover, clear plastic over front cover. Picture on cover of Rimes farmhouse, Bakers Bridge Road, Wanalta C 1874-8

Historical information

Recommendations and guidelines. A study of historical data on local conservation for Waranga Shire. Includes early photos of houses in Murchison and Rushworth

Poster - POW and Internment Camps Across Australia

Tatura Irrigation & Wartime Camps Museum, Tatura

1 laminated sheet of paper depicting POW and internment camps across Australia. 1939-1947. Is contained in a large white cylinder. Poster is in a thin black metal frame with black mat and glass.

Historical information

Poster depicts scenes of the various internment camps around Australia, including camp layouts and geographic information. Made as part of the project "Temporal Cities" led by Professor Anoma Pieris.

Inscriptions & Markings

Labelled on back with copy of information in historical information.

Book - Wir Und Die Technik

Tatura Irrigation & Wartime Camps Museum, Tatura

Soft covered red book in German with black and white pictures.

Historical information

Forwarded to German internees at Camp 3 by German Red Cross

Inscriptions & Markings

32.70 on label on front cover; Lager 3 Tatura inside.

Photograph - copy

Tatura Irrigation & Wartime Camps Museum, Tatura

Copy of black and white photograph of race separating compounds. Huts in bottom right hand corner. Trees in background. Single building on hiss in background.

Historical information

Copy of original black and white photograph early stage of Camp 13.

Photograph

Tatura Irrigation & Wartime Camps Museum, Tatura

Black and white photograph of Mrs Lilo Thaler, German representative of Templer Society addressing 50th anniversary return to Camp 3 at Tatura on 21 September 1991. Group of approximately 20 people.

Historical information

Photographed at Tatura Museum of 50th anniversary of Templers return.

Folder - Australia archives accession - internees

Tatura Irrigation & Wartime Camps Museum, Tatura

Dark blue hard back plastic cover with the inscription (see below).

Historical information

Voluminous and at times humorous problems associated with internees.

Inscriptions & Markings

Australia archives accession - internees

Chisel

Tatura Irrigation & Wartime Camps Museum, Tatura

Wooden handle shaped at the top. Metal shaped chisel.

Historical information

Used in construction of WW2 internment camps.

Inscriptions & Markings

McPherson Brothers, Glasgow

Audio Tape. - Interviews with Matron Beatrice Moore; Ken Harvey & Bill Pargeter

Tatura Irrigation & Wartime Camps Museum, Tatura

Historical information

Interviews with Matron Beatrice Moore; Ken Harvey & Bill Pargeter

Book - Childrens - M'A"RCHEN

Tatura Irrigation & Wartime Camps Museum, Tatura

Hard cover story book with coloured illustrations of girl drawing back curtain disclosing wolf in bed. Grey cloth spine.

Historical information

Children's book brought from Jaffa, Palestine in 1941 by the Drescher family, internees in Camp 3.

Mug - glass

Tatura Irrigation & Wartime Camps Museum, Tatura

Glass mug denoting Rosella social club, Tatura. Lettering in gold. Also Rosella motif. Gold rim around top of mug.

Historical information

Rosella in Tatura 1947 till taken over by Uni Foods 1990's.

Inscriptions & Markings

Rosella Social Club Tatura. Rosella motif. France (underneath)

Iron

Tatura Irrigation & Wartime Camps Museum, Tatura

Black flat iron with shaped handle

Historical information

Used at Camp 13, Italian compound, Murchison. Recovered from there in 1989. Iron would have been heated before use on a wood fired stove top/hot plate

Photograph

Tatura Irrigation & Wartime Camps Museum, Tatura

Colour photo of a caricature painting by Hans Walter von Gruenewaldt depicting one German waitress carrying mugs of beer.

Historical information

Hans Walter von Gruenewaldt was a German POW who used his artistic ability to paint several large mural caricatures while he was held at Camp 13 at Murchison. The technique he used was colourful house paint, painted directly onto the walls of the German mess hut, reading room and recreation hall in compound 13D. The paintings were completed over a duration of six years (1941-1946).

Camera and case.

Tatura Irrigation & Wartime Camps Museum, Tatura

Kershaw Eight - 20 Penguin Folding camera with leather case. Metal clasp and leather shoulder strap.

Historical information

Not directly related to Tatura but may be useful as a prop for photographic exhibitions etc.

Significance

Gifted to Tatura Museum by the Donaldson family.

Audio Tape - Camp Construction and local history

Tatura Irrigation & Wartime Camps Museum, Tatura

Audio tape Akai SX90

Historical information

Side A: Interview with Bill Ranson, construction of Camp 1 etc. 8 July 1993 - local history and irrigation. Side B: Interview with Charlie Hogan local history (Bill Martin) 14 July 1993

Inscriptions & Markings

Bill Ranson - camp construction Charlie Hogan - local history - Bill Martin

Audio Tape. - Ted Price

Tatura Irrigation & Wartime Camps Museum, Tatura

HQ60 video tape

Historical information

Side b: talk by Ted Price to the T & D Historical society - setting up and removal of camps; Side a: radio interview 2C0 with Lurline nee on opening of new room - Bill Doller room.

Inscriptions & Markings

Ted Price 1991 Removal of Camps - POW

Report - Consultancy Report: The Operation and Structure of Central Management in Victoria's Water Industry

Tatura Irrigation & Wartime Camps Museum, Tatura

Typed reports about water management in Victoria

Photograph - Camp 1A Sudeten Germans

Tatura Irrigation & Wartime Camps Museum, Tatura

Historical information

Camp 1A Sudeten Germans.|Back: Weber Jnr. on left; Josef Friedrich on far right.|Front: Weber Snr. second from left; Schumann on far right

Photograph

Tatura Irrigation & Wartime Camps Museum, Tatura

Mounted medium sized black and white photograph. Waranga Basin inlet structure / Concrete sides mid-upper picture / channel and basin water filled / rock filled bank left of picture

Historical information

Taken for the Victorian State Rivers and Water Supply Commission.