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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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5345 items

5345 items

Sheep - wooden

Tatura Irrigation & Wartime Camps Museum, Tatura

Carved wooden sheep sitting on a green painted wood base. Sheep is a creamy-fawn colour. Highlighted with black.

Historical information

Made by internees at Camp 3, Tatura. Handpainted by Georg Hoffmann at Camp 1

Photograph - Harry Murray

Tatura Irrigation & Wartime Camps Museum, Tatura

Historical information

Harry Murray, a keen Tatura Football Club follower, supported his team by running around the boundary for the whole match.

Knife - table

Tatura Irrigation & Wartime Camps Museum, Tatura

Silver coloured metal table knife.

Historical information

Issued by Department of Defence

Inscriptions & Markings

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Programme - Journey Round The World

Tatura Irrigation & Wartime Camps Museum, Tatura

Single foolscap copy of the programme performance revue Journey round the World. Title hand written, programme typed

Historical information

Programme & revue produced by POW's at Camp2 Murchison

Inscriptions & Markings

6th November 1941 Tatura

Folio - Dr. G. Morel, WW2 Red Cross Representative Inspection Report on Tatura Group of Internment Camps, 16th. to 20th. 1942.

Tatura Irrigation & Wartime Camps Museum, Tatura

Black A3 folder with copies of handwritten report in plastic sleeves.

Historical information

Material photocopied from archives in London.

Photograph - Goulburn Irrigation System

Tatura Irrigation & Wartime Camps Museum, Tatura

Medium sized black and white photograph. Map showing the Goulburn Irrigation System in Northern Victoria including Eildon Reservoir, Waranga Reservoir, Eppalock Reservoir, Eppalock, Cairn Curran, Laancoorie, Tullaroop Reservoirs, the Stuart Murray, Cattanach Canal, East Goulburn Main and Waranga Western Channels.

Historical information

Taken by photographer for State Rivers and Water Supply Commission.

Photograph - Halsey's Store

Tatura Irrigation & Wartime Camps Museum, Tatura

Black and white photograph of Halsey's store, Byrneside, exterior.

Historical information

Byrneside Post Office and general store built to replace first store, burned in 1902. Conducted by A. W. Halsey 1936-1974. This store also burned down January 1979. Owners A. & C. Golightly. A new modern store was rebuilt. A store which also served as Post Office was operating when the district was known as the Junction, the name being changed to Baldwinsville in 1880 and Byrneside in 18985. It was established by John Morrissy, a local teacher. This store was burned to the ground in 1902. The storekeeper at that time was Stephen O'Toole. Other owners were W. Sheales, Buckley Bros., J. Taylor, L. Martin, A. Fleming, L. Halfpenny and A. W. Halsey conducted the business from 1936 till Mr Golightly took over in 1974. From 1926 to 1966 the storekeeper was also in charge of the telephone exchange. For a number of years the beautiful gardens was the venue for the annual cup day garden party run by the Byrneside Red Cross

Inscriptions & Markings

on back: Per courtesy of Ian Lynch, Tatura, Tatura and District Historical Society

Bell

Tatura Irrigation & Wartime Camps Museum, Tatura

Brass bell with wooden handle, painted black. Donor card attached.

Historical information

Used for card parties in Tatura Mechanics Hall by George Dowell to indicate commencement and end of play

Photograph - Junior Debutante Ball 1955

Tatura Irrigation & Wartime Camps Museum, Tatura

Coin

Tatura Irrigation & Wartime Camps Museum, Tatura

Italian coin featuring eagle crest, word 'Italia', Date 1940 and currency value on one face. Reverse face features bust of male person and Latin script.

Historical information

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

Photograph - Hogan Street Tatura 1987

Tatura Irrigation & Wartime Camps Museum, Tatura

Black and white photograph of Hogan Street, Tatura looking west. Part of supermarket and Criterion Hotel at left. Street lights, traffic signs, cars.

Historical information

Photograph of Hogan Street, Tatura, looking west. 1987. Clock Tower, monument to Dr. J. Park, in foreground. Railway tracks and crossing lights also in picture

Inscriptions & Markings

on back: Hogan Street looking west. Clock tower 1987

Photograph - copy

Tatura Irrigation & Wartime Camps Museum, Tatura

B & W. Two guards seated on stack of timber. Three horses in harness.

Historical information

"Smoko" for guards with their mounts

Photograph - copy - Waiting for the Queen 1954

Tatura Irrigation & Wartime Camps Museum, Tatura

Black and white copy of photograph of officials waiting for the Queen, 1954.

Historical information

Copy of photograph of official party waiting for her Majesty, Queen Elizabeth 11, Tatura Railway Station 1954. Flags and decorations were a highlight. Original also in Museum.

Inscriptions & Markings

on back: Royal Visit 1954

A4 Display Book - Autobiography - Reg Mould of Shepparton

Tatura Irrigation & Wartime Camps Museum, Tatura

Collection of memories of Reg Mould. Childhood in Shepparton,. Tally Ho Boys Home, working in railways, war service. In green A4 display book with 12 plastic sleeves.

Historical information

Life history of Reg Mould and his family from 1925 - 1995, including descriptions of travel in Australia.

Box - Tin

Tatura Irrigation & Wartime Camps Museum, Tatura

Tin box with detached lid used to store bathroom requisites. Hand made in camp. Corners soldered. Mirror in box (see C0226)

Historical information

Made and used by POW in camp 13

Book - The Story of the Beilharz Family

Tatura Irrigation & Wartime Camps Museum, Tatura

Beige hard cover book. Gold text front cover and along the spine. Yellow dust cover with map of Grmany on the front cover and Palestine on the back cover

Historical information

The story of a family of Black Forest farmers and tradespeople, from the 15th to the 20th Century in Germany, Palestine and Australia

Inscriptions & Markings

Presented to this Museum by Mr. HW Beilharz, Bellevue Hill, NSW. 1989

Posters

Tatura Irrigation & Wartime Camps Museum, Tatura

1 of 15 colour laminated posters of the Deutsche Theatre, Tatura, of the various productions of Wilhelm Tell, Minna Von Barnhelm Der Kaufmann Von Denedig (Shakespeare), Siegfried's Tod Odenwald scene. On a large display board (L 126 cm x W 120 cm)

Historical information

Camp theatre productions. Wilhelm Fugman, producer.

Photograph - Weed clearing - irrigation channel

Tatura Irrigation & Wartime Camps Museum, Tatura

Large black and white photograph Irrigation channel, weed clearing equipment in operation middle. Male operator, male observer behind, long unkempt weeds both sides of channel

Historical information

Taken by the photographer for Victoria State Rivers and Water Supply Commission.

Inscriptions & Markings

Below photo: "Cleaning weeds and Silt from Supply Channel near Tatura"

Folder - Wolf Klaphake

Tatura Irrigation & Wartime Camps Museum, Tatura

Historical information

Story by Dr. Klaus Neumann about Wolf Klaphake, interned in Camp 1. Copy of newspaper article, 2003, pictures showing wood cutters and also guard tower..

Brooch, Metal

Tatura Irrigation & Wartime Camps Museum, Tatura

Brooch fashioned from Australian 1943 penny. Penny has a safety pin soldered to the reverse, for use as a brooch.

Historical information

Else Oertel was a German internee in Camp 3A from 1940-1945. The penny-brooch is an example of the ingenuity of the internees in making use of anything at hand & repurposing it for much more than originally intended. Else's daughter, Else-Lore Hukins donated the item. Says Else-Lore of the brooch: "Jewellery was made out of available metals. Pennies mad a bright brooch and especially interesting if it featured the current year it was given".

Folder - International Air Show Exhibition

Tatura Irrigation & Wartime Camps Museum, Tatura

Red 3 ring binder containing photographs and information used at the International Air Show at Geelong Victoria in 2001 and 2003. Scanned.

Book - Register of lands 51-52

Tatura Irrigation & Wartime Camps Museum, Tatura

Back cover missing, beige front cover, black writing. Cloth spine damaged. Irrigation season 1951-1952

Historical information

Extra wagter applications and recmmendations for irrigation users 1951-52.

Book - Mooroopna to 1988

Tatura Irrigation & Wartime Camps Museum, Tatura

Dark green, gold lettering. Image of rotunda. Cream plastic dust cover. Cover design by Ross Dainton. Sketches of rural scene, sports and fruit in oval frame on front cover. 272 pages.

Historical information

Compiled by Mooroopna Historical Society inc.

Inscriptions & Markings

Thank you card from Mooroopna Historical Society

Photograph

Tatura Irrigation & Wartime Camps Museum, Tatura

Colour photograph of approximately 50 men and ladies group with the Dandenongs in the background.

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

Photograph - copy - Tatura Fire Brigade Demonstration

Tatura Irrigation & Wartime Camps Museum, Tatura

Black and white copy of sepia photograph of fire brigade demonstrations, Ross Street, Tatura. 26.1.1925

Historical information

Copy of original. L0316. Fire Brigade demonstration.

Inscriptions & Markings

on back: fire brigade demonstrations 1925

Photograph - copy - Plumpton Tatura Coursing Club 1933

Tatura Irrigation & Wartime Camps Museum, Tatura

Black and white copy of photograph of committee and stewards of Plumpton Coursing Club at Tatura 1933. 39 men and 1 boy. Original held by Museum.

Historical information

Photograph taken at the Tatura racecourse.

Inscriptions & Markings

on back: committee and stewards of the Plumpton Tatura Coursing Club 1933.

Wages Book

Tatura Irrigation & Wartime Camps Museum, Tatura

Blue marbled cardboard cover with black binding. (Includes 2 loose "Application for Purchase of Tax Instalment Stamps" forms and one receipt from Galloway Stewart Solicitor, inside book.)

Historical information

The McHugh Brothers were wood and chaff cutters.

Photograph

Tatura Irrigation & Wartime Camps Museum, Tatura

Black and white photo huts surrounded by perimeter fences with guard tower in foreground

Historical information

Picture of Camp 3, B and C compounds, taken from the water tower by Vollmer family, 1947, prior to repatriation to Germany.

Photograph - Goulburn Weir

Tatura Irrigation & Wartime Camps Museum, Tatura

Historical information

Goulburn Weir Upgrade c.1995.|7 Photos.