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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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5324 items

5324 items

Painting - Watercolour - Cutting wood at Graytown

Tatura Irrigation & Wartime Camps Museum, Tatura

Stylised watercolour painting of POW cutting wood at Graytown Camp

Historical information

Artist Georg Rosenkranz, crewman aboard the HSK Kormoran, painted this while at Graytown Prisoner of War Camp.

Inscriptions & Markings

Cutting wood at Graytown. (?) He had on hand only ? fingers (Very nice chop)

Book - The Supply of Water for Irrigation in Victoria 1881-1981

Tatura Irrigation & Wartime Camps Museum, Tatura

Cream plasticized cover. Black writing. Photo of horse team and scoop working on Waranga Basin or channels

Historical information

Early history of irrigation in Victoria. From 1981 the name changed from State Rivers & Water Supply Commission to Rural Water Commission. Major changes have occurred since

Folder - Recollections of an Internee

Tatura Irrigation & Wartime Camps Museum, Tatura

clear plastic folder with a blue border and back. Contains two three page type written recollections.

Historical information

Written in Italian it would appear to be a reminiscence of their survival of the Arandora Star and Dunera. One page. The Tatura Historical Society enjoy a strong friendship with Mrs Gerda Kazenwadel as do with so many people who have generously responded to Lurline Knee.

Inscriptions & Markings

Recollections of an Internee - contributed by Gerda Kazenwadel

Booklet - River Improvement & Land Drainage

Tatura Irrigation & Wartime Camps Museum, Tatura

Grey cover, black writing. Includes fold out maps

Historical information

River improvement and land drainage and flood protection with spectial reference to the nature and operation of land drainage legislation in Great Britain 1952

2 Presentation watches from Rosella, 2 Unilever brooches, 4 Rosella brooches

Tatura Irrigation & Wartime Camps Museum, Tatura

2 Rosella watches in blue velvet pouches,with trademark Rosella printed each pouch. 2 x metal Unilever brooches denoting 25 years of service and 4 x metal Rosella bird brooches.

Catalogue - Foy & Gibson Pty Ltd.

Tatura Irrigation & Wartime Camps Museum, Tatura

Cream and red soft cover catalogue with black writing and picture of Commonwealth brand tomato sauce, tomato chutney and self raising flour. Reprint of original catalogue - 1923 featuring a comprehensive list, with pictures, of all items available from Foy & Gibson, Smith Street, Collingwood and Fitzroy, Melbourne. A separate sheet, coloured pink, lists more grocery items and a Sunbeam Stove for sale.

Pants - baby

Tatura Irrigation & Wartime Camps Museum, Tatura

Pants with buttons down both sides.

Historical information

Babies clothes used at Tatura Maternal Health Centre. (five other pieces of clothing as well) L0861-L0866

Photograph - Frank Williams Family

Tatura Irrigation & Wartime Camps Museum, Tatura

Frank & Mrs. Williams with children

Gramophone Record - ERIC LIFFMAN SINGS FOLK SONGS

Tatura Irrigation & Wartime Camps Museum, Tatura

Gramophone Record 45rpm

Historical information

Eric Liffman was a refugee from Nazi Germany who, as a prisoner, is transported to Australia on the troop ship HMS Dunera. He became the most celebrated tenor in Australia during WW11.

Inscriptions & Markings

songs - the happy wanderer, tiritomba, dingdongding, farewell song when on sunday evenings, friendship song

Plaque

Tatura Irrigation & Wartime Camps Museum, Tatura

Plaster cast plaque with profile of Emil Siegfried Hottelmann

Historical information

Made by internee at Camp 3 Tatura

Document - Commonwealth War Graves Commission. German War Cemetery

Tatura Irrigation & Wartime Camps Museum, Tatura

Maroon plastic covered multi ringed folder with printed matter in plastic sleeves.

Historical information

Letters and documents relating to reburial of German nationals at Tatura War Cemetery. Also exhumation of Japanese Buried at Tatura for reburial at Cowra War Cemetery. Material held by E. J. Mitchell, Funeral Director and Cemetery Trustee (father of Judy Forster)

Inscriptions & Markings

Commonwealth War Graves Commission.

Tape Audio - Joseph Friedricks ex "Dunera", talk to Historical Society Meeting.

Tatura Irrigation & Wartime Camps Museum, Tatura

Audio tape 90 minutes

Historical information

Talk to Historical Society taped. Side a: talk to T & D History Society by Joseph Friedrichs, of Germany, ex Arandora Star survivor and Dunera Boy, 1992.; Side b: talk to Society by George Taylor, long time Tatura resident.

Inscriptions & Markings

Joseph Friedricks ex "Dunera", talk to Historical Society Meeting.

Book - Eildon, The Whole Dam Story

Tatura Irrigation & Wartime Camps Museum, Tatura

Orange front cover. Light coloured back cover. Photograph of house whih reappeared during 1982-83 drought.

Historical information

Written as community effort to record Eildon as it is today

Folder - Harper Family

Tatura Irrigation & Wartime Camps Museum, Tatura

Blue soft cardboard frond and back with blue spiral spine

Historical information

Harper Family History 1780-1991 (Australia 1860-1991)

Tin

Tatura Irrigation & Wartime Camps Museum, Tatura

Round tin container. Brown bottom, cream inscribed lid

Historical information

Used by internee at Camp 1. Red Cross tin received in Camp 1 from the German Red Cross

Inscriptions & Markings

Deutsches Rotes Dreuz. Schokolade Hildebrand - Berlin

Document - Thesis by Lucilla Lentini, "Australian Nazis

Tatura Irrigation & Wartime Camps Museum, Tatura

Thesis, 52 x A4 pages (56 inclusive). Bound in plastic. Thesis by Lucilla Lentini, "Australian Nazis: An evaluation of National Socialist support amongst Tatura's first 42 internees before, during and after World War II". Thesis for Postgraduate Diploma in Arts, School of Historical Studies, Faculty of Arts, The University of Melbourne.

Document - Camp 13 Murchison Pyrethrum Growing

Tatura Irrigation & Wartime Camps Museum, Tatura

A clear plastic front cover, red margin and back. Top right front "Camp 13 Murchison - Pyrethrum Growing - a Matter of National Importance."

Historical information

12 January 1943 the C.O Camp 13 Rec an urgent letter was rec. to employ POW's growing pyrethrum major ingredient in insecticides for the control of mosquitoes. as all previous supplies previously came from Japan.

Inscriptions & Markings

as above

Booklet - The Kyabram Reform Movement

Tatura Irrigation & Wartime Camps Museum, Tatura

Pale green front cover white writing sketch of old man with a rake. White back cover. List of sponsors and supporters. Black writing, graphic design logo. 1901-2 $5.0

Historical information

Souvenir program, Nov. 2001 celebrating Centenary of the Kyabram Reform Movement

Audio Tape. - Eva De Jong Duldig

Tatura Irrigation & Wartime Camps Museum, Tatura

TDK videeo tape D90

Historical information

Interview of Eva De Jong Duldig by Elaine Canty, ABC Radio on 50th anniversary of Singapore group interned in Australia.

Archive Folder (grey) - Camp 13

Tatura Irrigation & Wartime Camps Museum, Tatura

archive folder with photos - being scanned

Programmes - The Gondoliers

Tatura Irrigation & Wartime Camps Museum, Tatura

1 of 3 programmes of Turaton Musical Company Productions in 1978, 1979 and 1995. Each programme of 8 pages with synopsis and photographs of players. Introductions to principal artists. Some history of the group and credits. Two other programmes L0595 and L0597

Inscriptions & Markings

Musical productions local groups

Magazine - Tatura Unique Innovation

Tatura Irrigation & Wartime Camps Museum, Tatura

White cover, pictures of old and new facory, dairies, staff and butter trophy on front. Milk, cheese and cows on back cover.

Historical information

100 year commemorative feature, 1907-2007 of Tatura Milk Industries now partly owned by Bega Cheese

Folder - Major Outlet Waranga Basin Upgrading 1999

Tatura Irrigation & Wartime Camps Museum, Tatura

Red plastic cover, white label, black writing

Historical information

Photos of various stages of upgrading construction of Waranga Basin. Also contains photos of Research Station and Tatura Museum with new fence in 1999

CD - Nik Sharplin POW Coins

Tatura Irrigation & Wartime Camps Museum, Tatura

White CD with blue text. Inside a black and clear plastic case.

Historical information

Nik Sharplin visited the Museum researching information on Dunera notes. He subsequently forwarded the CD for the Museums records.

Book - If the Walls Could Speak

Tatura Irrigation & Wartime Camps Museum, Tatura

Hard cover - brown. Title on spine. Dust cover - book shelves in background , lithoghraph of mechanics institute, Melbourne 1855. Composite illustration, plaque and sundial.

Historical information

Written to commemorate Centenary of Federation 1901-2001 and to "Reintroduce" and preserve the Mechanics Institutes and their sizeable contribution to Australia's social development. Produced in conjunction with a travelling photographic display of the Institute buildings

Photograph - All Saints Anglican Church

Tatura Irrigation & Wartime Camps Museum, Tatura

Black and white photograph of exterior of Anglican Church, Tatura

Historical information

Anglican Church Tatura, was first opened in 1887. Another church and hall was built later.

Inscriptions & Markings

on back: All Saints Anglican Church, Tatura 1987

Belt Buckle, Wooden

Tatura Irrigation & Wartime Camps Museum, Tatura

Hand carved wooden (belt) buckle. Polished front with initial. Painted red sides. 2 x metal loops on back for threading belt, etc. through. Inscription on back also.

Historical information

Else Oertel was a German internee in Camp 3A from 1940-1945. Woodworking was popular amongst the internees and it is probable that another internee in camp 3 made the buckle for Else. Her daughter, Else-Lore Hukins donated the item.

Inscriptions & Markings

1. "E" 2. "Januar 1940 VB"

Book - Achieving Together

Tatura Irrigation & Wartime Camps Museum, Tatura

History of Tatura Primary School to celebraate 25 years at "New School"

Historical information

Produced with the financial help of local businesses to mark the occasion. Included is early history

Photographs - Hogan Street Tatura

Tatura Irrigation & Wartime Camps Museum, Tatura

2 photos

Historical information

1. Hogan Street looking west from railway crossing c.1900.|2. Hogan Street looking east from Ross Street, c.1900, Flanagan's Store.

Painting - Watercolour

Tatura Irrigation & Wartime Camps Museum, Tatura

Framed watercolour painting of memorial carved in stone at Tatura internment Camp 3.

Historical information

Dr. Leonhard Adam was an internee in Camp 2.

Inscriptions & Markings

Arandora Star Memorial Camp 3 1941