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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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5337 items

5337 items

Book - Exercise

Tatura Irrigation & Wartime Camps Museum, Tatura

Shades of blue exercise book. Handwritten. Used for geometry. Part of sheet of blotting paper. Arithmetical and multiplication tables on back cover. White label "Helmut Ruff, Geometry (Book 3)"

Historical information

Book used by internee's child at Camp 3

Inscriptions & Markings

"Helmut Ruff, Geometry (Book 3)"

Book - Primitivna Umetnost

Tatura Irrigation & Wartime Camps Museum, Tatura

Brown and cream hard cover book with red writing on the spine. Brown and cream dust cover with primitive art and writing on the front and spine. 40 pages of reproductions

Historical information

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

Belt, Macrame

Tatura Irrigation & Wartime Camps Museum, Tatura

Belt is in traditional colours of royal blue, brown, red, blue, green, yellow and pink. The two tie cords are red and brown plaited on an angle

Historical information

Handmade by POW's at Camp 3

Belt - Macrame

Tatura Irrigation & Wartime Camps Museum, Tatura

Cream coloured handwoven macrame ladies belt with copper coloured plastic buckle

Historical information

Made by internee at Camp3

Book - A Jewel In The Valley

Tatura Irrigation & Wartime Camps Museum, Tatura

White backcover, black front cover, white writing. Cover photograph "Die Fledermaus:. Cast 1972

Historical information

To record the history of Turaton Music Company starting with Tatura Male Choir 1944-1967. Many Tatura members

Book - Museum Directory - First Edition

Tatura Irrigation & Wartime Camps Museum, Tatura

Red covered, scene of Sovereign Hill. Pictures of Museum of Victoria and National Gallery of Victoria

Historical information

Written to provide information on Victorian Museums etc.

Photograph - Deane and Kathy Clark 1990

Tatura Irrigation & Wartime Camps Museum, Tatura

Deane and Kathy Clark at home, 1990. Antiques, furniture and photographic restoration. House Nth Corner of Casey & Ross St

Folio - Recollections Kurt Krenn.

Tatura Irrigation & Wartime Camps Museum, Tatura

14 printed pages (German language), dated 19.4.1987, in black two ring folder.

Historical information

Donated to Tatura Museum by Knenn's daughter, Klaudia Krenn.

Certificate of Title - Subdivisions

Tatura Irrigation & Wartime Camps Museum, Tatura

2 certificates of title showing subdivisions made over several years. Vol. 5655:Folio 1130935 dated 16/5/1930 and Vol.1182: Folio 236330 dated 23/12/1869. Lease between Thomas Hogan and W F Bazeley dated 7th July 1911 for land in Hogan Street known as Slaughter Yard Paddock .Also lease dated 1911. In buff coloured legal envelope with number "2678" and "Hogan - Thomas" written in red on outside.

Historical information

Title Deeds for property in Tatura

Album - British Boys at Presbyterian RTF

Tatura Irrigation & Wartime Camps Museum, Tatura

Photographalbum showing life at Dhurringile Mansion, when used as Rural Training Farm

Historical information

Photos of Dhuyrringile boys, belonging to "Sandy" Graham (Now Dec) presented by his Daughter Isa Hicks

Inscriptions & Markings

British boys at Presbyterian Rurla Training fram, Dhurringile Manson. Photos from "Sandy" Graham's Album

Folio - HMAS "Sydney" Forum, 1997.

Tatura Irrigation & Wartime Camps Museum, Tatura

Black open fronted plastic folder with typed material.

Historical information

Material presented to the Forum by Gp. Capt. C.A.V. Bourne.

Pendant - Swastika Pendant

Tatura Irrigation & Wartime Camps Museum, Tatura

Pendant in the shape of the swastika made from tortoise shell.

Historical information

Brought from Papua New Guinea by German Lutheran internees

Book - Stalag Australia

Tatura Irrigation & Wartime Camps Museum, Tatura

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.

Wood Plane

Tatura Irrigation & Wartime Camps Museum, Tatura

Handmade wooden carpentry plane with metal cutting/shaving centre plate. Base is rounded

Historical information

Made by internee at camp 3, Tatura and used there as a carpentry handtool

Book - Exercise

Tatura Irrigation & Wartime Camps Museum, Tatura

School exercise book with loose brown paper cover. Lined paper, hand entries in ink. Sticker on front cover with wording a biro. Helmut Ruff, French Grammar, (1) 1942 Int. Camp 3 school

Historical information

Used by Helmut Ruff at internment Camp 3 (Tatura) School

Inscriptions & Markings

Franzosische Grammatik Helmut Ruff Tatura

Book - Beyond All Hate

Tatura Irrigation & Wartime Camps Museum, Tatura

Red hard cover book gold printing on the spine and front cover. 2 books

Historical information

Written by Major James Sullivan to record the setting up and history of Japanese POW's in Camp 4

Scooter - childs

Tatura Irrigation & Wartime Camps Museum, Tatura

Handmade child's wooden scooter. Has 2 wheels with metal rims, metal bracket joins upright to base, Horizontal wooden handle at top of upright

Historical information

Made from scrap wood and metal by internee at Camp 3 for the Wied children

Coin

Tatura Irrigation & Wartime Camps Museum, Tatura

Japanese coin featuring motifs and Japanese characters/currency value.

Historical information

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

Folio - Pitt St. Commandos.

Tatura Irrigation & Wartime Camps Museum, Tatura

Green folio with printed material bound.

CD - Graves, German War Cemetery

Tatura Irrigation & Wartime Camps Museum, Tatura

CD, black and gold text on white circle.. Plastic cover, clear front, black back

Historical information

A photographic collection of German War Cemetery graves.

Coat hanger

Tatura Irrigation & Wartime Camps Museum, Tatura

Coat hanger made from fencing wire twisted into shape found in camp 1 65 years after the war ended. Hand made.

Photograph - Tatura Fruit Cannery group

Tatura Irrigation & Wartime Camps Museum, Tatura

Professional black & white photograph mounted of a group of men in suits.

Historical information

Original photo in possession of Thomas Flanagan. Tatura Fruit Cannery group c.1924, Thomas Martin (Shire Secretary) far left; J.J. Hanlon; J.A.Carey; L.Whitney; W.Hunter; H.S.Davy; W.Wilson; E.J. Quini; D.C.Morrison; J.S.Hill;T.D.Edwards; W.A. Cullinan. Possibly the opening ceremony, 1919.

Inscriptions & Markings

On back- list of names.

Book - Sheep Dip Register

Tatura Irrigation & Wartime Camps Museum, Tatura

Blue cover, suede spine and corners. Red label, blue label, gold lettering on spine.

Historical information

Record of prices paid to Rodney Shire for sheep dipping 1955-1982, Tatura and District.

Matches - wax - Bells matches

Tatura Irrigation & Wartime Camps Museum, Tatura

15 water proof wax matches in tin which has a rough surface on the bottom of the time for striking of match.

Inscriptions & Markings

Bells Waterproof Wax Vestas

Photograph - Mr. & Mrs. John D. Forsyth

Tatura Irrigation & Wartime Camps Museum, Tatura

Internet photograph - Oskar Speck

Tatura Irrigation & Wartime Camps Museum, Tatura

Historical information

Images obtained from internet. Oskar Speck who kayacked from Germany to Australia, arriving at Thursday Island in September 1939, interned Camp 1.

Knitting Needles

Tatura Irrigation & Wartime Camps Museum, Tatura

4 knitting needles made from barbed wire.

Historical information

Made for Wife, Gertrude Graze

Chart - Family - Lockwood Family History

Tatura Irrigation & Wartime Camps Museum, Tatura

Chart in a cylinder

Inscriptions & Markings

Lockwood Family Tree 1872 - 1972

Cardigan

Tatura Irrigation & Wartime Camps Museum, Tatura

Green long sleeved ladies button up woollen cardigan. 2 pockets, 12 brown wooden buttons, double moss stitch pattern on body, garter stitch collar

Historical information

Babette Kirsch was a member of a New Guinea Lutheran Missionary family.

Photograph - Miss Bidstrup

Tatura Irrigation & Wartime Camps Museum, Tatura

Misses Bidstrup - Byrneside