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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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5336 items

5336 items

Portfolio - Portfolio of Victorian Views

Tatura Irrigation & Wartime Camps Museum, Tatura

White cover, sketch of Grecian style figure in black, advertising for Thos. Flanagan Westend Stores, Tatura, Xmas 1902 on front. Price 6 pence. 2 ads, black type on back

Historical information

Thos. Flanagan advertising material and views of Ballarat, Bendigo, Melbourne, Eaglehawk

DVD - Leonhard Adam Collection, Tatura

Tatura Irrigation & Wartime Camps Museum, Tatura

White DVD, black lettering. Inside a clear plastic case with black insert to hold DVD

Historical information

DVD featuring photographs of painting collection held at Tatura Museum. Compiled by Arthur Knee

Book - Our Side of the Country

Tatura Irrigation & Wartime Camps Museum, Tatura

Green dust jacket, gold lettering. Sketch of Vic. Gold fields in circle on front. Picture of Author on back cover

Historical information

History of Victoria south of the murray. How people lived in various eras. Worked in cities, goldfields and farms

Booklet - Der Grunderanteil Des Franzosischen Aktienwesens

Tatura Irrigation & Wartime Camps Museum, Tatura

Mottled brown light cardboard cover. Black printing on cover. German text

Historical information

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

Book - Australian War Museum

Tatura Irrigation & Wartime Camps Museum, Tatura

Red and cream cover. Sketch of Canberra War Memorial

Historical information

Guide to Australian War Memorial, Canberra. Description of Galleries and displays. 1 st Edition, 1941

Book - War Trophies

Tatura Irrigation & Wartime Camps Museum, Tatura

Blue cover. Dust cover. Photo of soldiers loading heavy British gun. On back cover - German 150 mm Howitzer. Now at Warracknabeal, Vic. 1914-1918 War

Historical information

Photographs of large collection of WW1 guns now in parks all over Australia. Includes stories of battles.

Booklet - Transcripts of Excerpts of Letters from Mother to Father

Tatura Irrigation & Wartime Camps Museum, Tatura

Small paper booklet, white with blue centre which has title on it and photograph of three babies

Historical information

Transcripts of excerpts of letters from mother, Gweny Elizabeth BECK to father, Konrad Victor Hans BECK, when he was interned in Tatura, Victoria, during the second world war.

Folder - Japanese names from Cemetery Trust

Tatura Irrigation & Wartime Camps Museum, Tatura

Red cardboard folder, containing letters. Details of Japanese names from Cemetery Trust.

Historical information

Addresses and correspondence re Japanese, Kormoran reunions.

Photograph

Tatura Irrigation & Wartime Camps Museum, Tatura

Photograph of caricature painted on mess hut wall. Female office in mustard uniform with green hat. The office is accompanied by a dog (coloured).

Historical information

Hans Walter von Gruenewaldt was a German POW who used his artistic ability to paint several large mural caricatures whilst 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. After the war, the recreation hall paintings and all, was moved from the camp to the nearly town of Murchison and used as the RSL local dance hall for 50 years. When the hall was demolished the paintings were restored and framed by citizens of Murchison. The von Gruenewaldt murals presently hang in the David Jones Nursing home and other public buildings in Murchison.

Photograph - Corrugated huts

Tatura Irrigation & Wartime Camps Museum, Tatura

Black and white photograph of two corrugated huts joined at right angles. Brick chimney, brush fence curved oval top, gum tree behind the centre right angle bend road in foreground

Book - The Home Front Family Album Remembering Australia 1939 - 1945

Tatura Irrigation & Wartime Camps Museum, Tatura

Blue Book

Knife - carving

Tatura Irrigation & Wartime Camps Museum, Tatura

Handmade carving knife, brass handle, long, wide steel blade.

Historical information

Handmade by Italian Officer in Myrtleford POW Camp and given to Mr J. R. Shale.

Document - Internment Camp

Tatura Irrigation & Wartime Camps Museum, Tatura

Program and cast of play. A light hearted and romantic comedy. Opening night 17 February 1945. Enclosed in a clear plastic display folder with a black back.

Historical information

Used in the camps for entertainment

Inscriptions & Markings

Camp 3 Theatre Program Notes

Book - Mooroopna to 1988

Tatura Irrigation & Wartime Camps Museum, Tatura

Decorative beige dust cover depicting aspects of local life and goods produced over green cover. Decorated with golden image of War Memorial by R. Dainton

Historical information

Researched from 1985-1988 with intention of producing reference material for researchers

Document - Camp School Tatura 4, section C

Tatura Irrigation & Wartime Camps Museum, Tatura

1 cream coloured foolscap page of a timetable used in the camp school at Tatura, for the period beginning October 22. Type written.

Historical information

Timetable drawn up by the lecturers who were conducting a school at Tatura 4, section c. Lists the lecturers, what they were lecturing on and times of the day, Sunday to Friday, that the lecturers took place.

Photograph - Camp 4 Japanese Reunion

Tatura Irrigation & Wartime Camps Museum, Tatura

Historical information

Camp 4 Japanese Reunion on site, Jan. 1993.

Sketch - Lieutenant James Sullivan

Tatura Irrigation & Wartime Camps Museum, Tatura

2 copies of sketch of Lieutenant James Sullivan by Liang Hou Y in 1944.

Historical information

Sketch done by internee Liang Hou Y of Lieutenant James Sullivan camp 4 army garrison.

Book - State Rivers and Water Supply Commission Annual Reports 1945 - 50

Tatura Irrigation & Wartime Camps Museum, Tatura

Historical information

Old report from the State Rivers and Water Supply Commission

Photograph - original - Dhurringile Stables 1990

Tatura Irrigation & Wartime Camps Museum, Tatura

Colour photograph o Dhurringile Prison former stables in background.1990.

Historical information

Photograph of buildings now used as annex of Dhurringile prison farm, formerly managers residence and stables.

Inscriptions & Markings

on back: stables Dhurringile 1990

Round ceramic plate - German plate

Tatura Irrigation & Wartime Camps Museum, Tatura

White plate with mauve decorative edge and floral decoration in the middle.

Book - Drill book for the Air Training Corps

Tatura Irrigation & Wartime Camps Museum, Tatura

soft blue coloured covered booklet.

Historical information

Booklet produced to meet the demand of N.C.O.'s and others in the Air Training Corp for a pocket book which would help them in their disciplinary training.

Inscriptions & Markings

No 19 Squadron Air Training Corps, Shepparton (stamped)

Book - Tatura Bowling Club

Tatura Irrigation & Wartime Camps Museum, Tatura

Spiral backed, white cover, black printing. Features working bee

Historical information

Produced to commemorate 100 yearsof men's bowls and 50 years of Associates (Women) bowls. Records ofHonour Board and photographs of winning teams. From 1969 Indoor Bowls are part of the material

Folio - L. Ernst Collection.

Tatura Irrigation & Wartime Camps Museum, Tatura

Black three ring folder containing mostly roneoed material in plastic sleeves.

Historical information

Material held by Ludwig Ernst who was the Secretary of the German POWs in Australia Association.

Internet Photograph - German Pow Metzler

Tatura Irrigation & Wartime Camps Museum, Tatura

Historical information

Images obtained from internet. German Pow Metzler in Graytown with orchestra.|Camp 1 orchestra in the sound shell.

Photograph - POW Group 72 in Camp 13

Tatura Irrigation & Wartime Camps Museum, Tatura

Historical information

Photo originally taken by official government photographer for prisoners to send home. Photo 1: POW Group 72 in Camp 13 including several of the South African Group.|Photo 2: Enlargement of Max Baumann.|Photo 3: Enlargement of Jerry von Gruenewald.|List of prisoners from "Uhenfels".

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.

Folio - Stefan Asboth, Austrian Internee.

Tatura Irrigation & Wartime Camps Museum, Tatura

Black folder with original and photocopied documents in plastic sleeves.

Photograph - Fred Maskell & neice Gladys Brown

Tatura Irrigation & Wartime Camps Museum, Tatura

CD - Trade Delegation

Tatura Irrigation & Wartime Camps Museum, Tatura

Gold disk. Green and black text. Clear plastic cover.

Historical information

Photographs taken during visit by European Trade Delegation in November 2005.

Sailing Ship in Bottle

Tatura Irrigation & Wartime Camps Museum, Tatura

A 3 mast sailing ship inside a spirits bottle. Polished wood with white sails. The name "Wendy" on the hull. A distant scene is painted on the back inside of bottle. A dark stained wooden stand is provided to hold the bottle.

Historical information

Made by a POW as gift to Guard Clement Williams to celebrate the birth of a daughter - the donor Wendy Bujeya.

Inscriptions & Markings

"Wendy" on hull. "POW Pedereul Murchison POW 7231 Murchison" on bottle.