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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 white 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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5306 items

5306 items

Folio - Dunera Camp 2.

Tatura Irrigation & Wartime Camps Museum, Tatura

Blue 3 ring folder.

Historical information

Various material donated to Museum

Inscriptions & Markings

Camp 2.

Chisel

Tatura Irrigation & Wartime Camps Museum, Tatura

Moulded wooden handled, metal chisel

Historical information

Used by internees at Camp 3

Cards - Playing

Tatura Irrigation & Wartime Camps Museum, Tatura

56 playing cards including 1 joker, 3 blank and 1 advertising card. 1 has red and white design on the back, the other 55 have the same design but in blue and white. White rectangular box with a dark blue crown and daggers at the top and geometric pattern at the bottom and blue printing.

Historical information

Used by internees at camp 3

Book - From Paddock to Park

Tatura Irrigation & Wartime Camps Museum, Tatura

Green covered with white lettering. Tree representing paddock and cricket pitch representing park.

Historical information

Produced by Tatura Cricket Club to include the years 1880-2003 on the occasion of a reunion. Foreword by visiting celebrity, Max Walker.

Booklet - Brennessel

Tatura Irrigation & Wartime Camps Museum, Tatura

No 12 24 Dec.41. Booklet of loose leaves with sketch on front cover features black and white sketches of large gum tree and camp hut. Contains typed articles, advertisements, sketches written in German. 12 pages.

Historical information

Produced fortnightly by internees at camp 1, Tatura as a newspaper or periodical of camp 1 events. Contributions from internees. Title translates as "Stinging Nettle" with "Behind Barbed Wire" written below that title.

Photograph

Tatura Irrigation & Wartime Camps Museum, Tatura

Historical information

Jack Collection|Camp 3.|Garrison.|Lally, D.|Heard, Dvr.; Lawrence.P; Major Coates.|F.Jack; R.MacLeod; L.Horton.

Photograph - Frank Williams

Tatura Irrigation & Wartime Camps Museum, Tatura

3 photos

Historical information

Frank Williams family photos.|Photo 1. Frank Williams.|Photo 2. Frank Williams jnr.|Photo 3. Frank Williams jnr.|Photo 4. Tatura Fire Brigade c.1930, Frank Williams right.

Photograph - copy

Tatura Irrigation & Wartime Camps Museum, Tatura

Copy of black and white photograph. German eagle surmounting iron cross set in stone work. Garden beds on both sides. Tree and hut in background.

Historical information

Copy of original black and white photograph of memorial to German POW's erected in grounds of Camp 13.

Photograph - original - Tatura Museum

Tatura Irrigation & Wartime Camps Museum, Tatura

Colour photograph of sign on Museum wall.

Historical information

see other photographs

Inscriptions & Markings

on back: a bit of humour

Booklet - Achieving Together A history of the Tatura Primary School 1874 - 1995

Tatura Irrigation & Wartime Camps Museum, Tatura

Booklet cream cover. Picture of Tatura school boy premiership team 1959 on front cover. A history of Tatura Primary School 1874-1995. A celebration of 25 years at the new school. 39 pages.

Historical information

A History of the Tatura Primary School 1874 to 1995. Compiled by School Council 1995. Dawes and Vary, Trevaskis Engineering and Bruce McTier and Associates contributed to cost of printing.

Painting - Watercolour - Seascape

Tatura Irrigation & Wartime Camps Museum, Tatura

Seascape watercolour painting on sketch book type paper.

Historical information

Painted by POW Adolf Wilke at Camp 13 Murchison

Book - The Goulburn Weir

Tatura Irrigation & Wartime Camps Museum, Tatura

Card covered with marbled paper. Leather spine. Title as a label in centre position

Historical information

Giving information re engineering undertaken during construction of weir, plus cross sections of work related to production

Inscriptions & Markings

SM Hawkins esq. per M Nally. 21.5.1896

Book - From An Australian Homestead

Tatura Irrigation & Wartime Camps Museum, Tatura

Cream coloured soft cardboard cover with brown test. A collection of poems written by Hilde Knorr

Historical information

Hilde Knorr was the wife of Hans Knorr who was an Internee and POW. She wrote factual and fiction novels

Inscriptions & Markings

IF Fairmaid|Hilde Knorr

Book - Die Nibelungen Besprechung

Tatura Irrigation & Wartime Camps Museum, Tatura

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.

Whisk

Tatura Irrigation & Wartime Camps Museum, Tatura

Handmade wire whisk with flat, metal handle

Historical information

Made by internee at Camp 3, Tatura and used by internees for food preparation

Booklet - Anthronopomorphe Darstellungen auf australischen Ritualgeraten

Tatura Irrigation & Wartime Camps Museum, Tatura

Light card yellow coloured cover with black printing. Volume 53, 1958

Historical information

Dr. Leonhard Adam studied both anthropology and jurisdiction as a young man

Book - 1940-1990

Tatura Irrigation & Wartime Camps Museum, Tatura

Soft cover book, narrow red edge, grey background. Picture of war camp. Red text. Back cover 3 Cowra war camp photos on a red background.

Historical information

This book tells the tragic story of the mass breakout of Japanese POW's from No 12 Camp in Cowra, NSW, on 5 August 1944

Inscriptions & Markings

Blankets on the Wire

Folio - Margaret Pfander's Camp 3 Memoirs.

Tatura Irrigation & Wartime Camps Museum, Tatura

Blue multi ring folder with printed material in plastic sleeves.

Documents - The Raider Kormoran

Tatura Irrigation & Wartime Camps Museum, Tatura

Green Back clear plastic folder. Photocopied pages from the book entitled The Raider Kormoran by Theodor Detmers and the Secret Raiders by David Woodward.

Historical information

Books written after the war concerning the Raider Kormoran and HMAS Sydney's battle in the Indian Ocean with the loss of the Sydney and her crew.

Inscriptions & Markings

The Raider Kormoran

Book - The Doctor, The Captain, The Poet and Others

Tatura Irrigation & Wartime Camps Museum, Tatura

Black and white cover featuring the Goulburn River and portraits of Doctor McMillan, Captain John Murchison and Orion Horne over and early plan of Murchison Township

Historical information

This book was printed to commemorate the 150th Anniversary of the survey, naming of the town and sale of land at Murchison.

Photos collection - officer and 4 crew members rescued & interned

Tatura Irrigation & Wartime Camps Museum, Tatura

Historical information

Photograph of officer and 4 crew members rescued & interned. During June & July 1943 11 longrange Uboats including the U168, of the type 1xsc were despatched to the Indian Ocean forming what became known as the Monsun (Monsoon) Group. The U168 commanded by Kapitanleutenant Helmut Pich was intercepted on the surface off the coast of Surabaya on th 6-10-1944 by the Dutch submarine "Zwaardvisch" and sunk with a loss of 23 crew. Of the 27 survivors only 5, including the Kommandant were taken on the dutch submarine for transport to Fremantle. Hlemut Pich and his 3 officers and i quartermaster transported to Tatura in Victoria where they secured notoriety as only captive Uboat crew outside North America and the United Kingdom.

Book - In The Interest of National Security

Tatura Irrigation & Wartime Camps Museum, Tatura

Blue/grey and green soft cover with copies of photos of internees on the front cover. Black and white text on front and back cover.

Historical information

Provides a brief over view of Australia's internment policies during WW2 and demonstrates their effects.

Book - Shepparton Sketch Book

Tatura Irrigation & Wartime Camps Museum, Tatura

Brown cover, brown dust cover, including sketch of old Shepparton Post Office

Historical information

Sketches and short history of Shepparton and District landmarks

Exercise Book - W. Eckels

Tatura Irrigation & Wartime Camps Museum, Tatura

Sovereign blue school exercise book belong to Wilhelm Eckels. Contains French Grammer lessons.

Historical information

Wilhelm Eckels was a wool buyer in Sydney when war broke out. He was interned in camp 1.

Inscriptions & Markings

W. Eckels

Photograph - Research Station

Tatura Irrigation & Wartime Camps Museum, Tatura

Historical information

Research Station, now Institute for Sustainable Irrigation.|Tatura Trellis.|Floods in orchard 1939, 1955 and 1974

Rolling Pin

Tatura Irrigation & Wartime Camps Museum, Tatura

Handmade wooden rolling pin. Wooden Handle at each end attached to a central pivotal shaft

Historical information

Handmade and used by internees in Camp 3 Tatura during WW2

Blouse

Tatura Irrigation & Wartime Camps Museum, Tatura

White cotton blouse. Handmade lace yoke and sleeves. 6 small buttons on opening at back

Historical information

Made by internee in Camp 3

Notebook

Tatura Irrigation & Wartime Camps Museum, Tatura

Brown leather bound Notebook, hand stitched leaves end of papers of blue silver. Small black pencil in spine.

Woodcut print

Tatura Irrigation & Wartime Camps Museum, Tatura

Black framed copy of woodcut picture of the end of 11 huts. 2 people and a cart in the picture. Black & cream.

Historical information

Created by L. Hirschfeld-Mack while interned in Camp 2.

Inscriptions & Markings

Tatura 1941. L. Hirschfeld-Mack

Photograph - Tatura Football Club Group

Tatura Irrigation & Wartime Camps Museum, Tatura

Tatura Football Club group photo, including umpire and some children.