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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 49 Hogan Street 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

Location

49 Hogan Street 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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5276 items

5276 items

Label - luggage

Tatura Irrigation & Wartime Camps Museum, Tatura

3 ply wood cut into the shape of a luggage label with a hole for cord. One side has German address, the other side an internment camp address - Tatura.

Inscriptions & Markings

PWGM 36583 Internment & PW Camp Tatura Vic Aust. 11 Gunter Knop LongeoogerslatzsI 23 in a circle. Bremen 8 Germany Brit Zone

Photograph - Tatura Milk Products

Tatura Irrigation & Wartime Camps Museum, Tatura

Black and white photograph of office block and part of factory of Tatura Milk Products. Car in car park, man on bicycle and 2 flags on poles.

Historical information

Tatura Milk Products, formerly Butter Factory, was founded in 1907.

Inscriptions & Markings

on back: Tatura Milk Products 1986

Photograph - Camp 2 aerial

Tatura Irrigation & Wartime Camps Museum, Tatura

Black and white aerial photo of camp 2

Inscriptions & Markings

on the back: camp 2 W/c 0065 Vic 82/.9032 Max 1989 Central Planning Office Treasury Place Melbourne

Photograph - Racing Club Dinner c1955

Tatura Irrigation & Wartime Camps Museum, Tatura

Racing Club Dinner c1955.|L-R Nearest Table: Postmaster, J. Carroll, Palmer Young, ...., ...., Merv & Dais Fletcher, Father O'Sullivan, Wal Reddie, Frank McWhimsey, Frank Stevenson, Tom Cornish.|Centre Row: Neil Colliver, Jack O'Meara, Bill Pritchard, Tom Hunter, Jack O'Toole, ...., ...., ...., Mick O'Reilly, ...., Jim Young.|Back Row: Jim Harford, Jerry Carlyon.

Photograph - Early Members of Tatura Race Club

Tatura Irrigation & Wartime Camps Museum, Tatura

Black and white photograph on foam backing of Racing Club members (15 men). Also original photograph on foam backing with list of members attached.

Historical information

Members: (left to right): O. Vaughan (secretary), W. Somer, T. O'Reilly, John Hill (handicapper), John Curtis, John Bartlett, J. A. Carey, Wm Ryan, J. D. Love. Stuart Murray, Thos. Hogan, P. A. Teare, Wm Love, H. G. Byrne, seated Dr McCarthy.

Inscriptions & Markings

Racing Club

Carpenters Square

Tatura Irrigation & Wartime Camps Museum, Tatura

Handmade wood carpentry square

Historical information

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

Wood plane

Tatura Irrigation & Wartime Camps Museum, Tatura

Wood plane, handmade with short, slightly curved handle and metal inserts forming blades at bottom ends

Historical information

Part of a collection of handtools made by internee at Camp 3, Tatura

Photograph - Dr. Park Memorial Clock Tower

Tatura Irrigation & Wartime Camps Museum, Tatura

Historical information

Hogan Street c.1950, with Dr. Park Memorial Clock Tower & other buildings (2 copies)

Folio - Tatura Community House

Tatura Irrigation & Wartime Camps Museum, Tatura

Lime green front cover, black writing. Black plastic spine

Photograph - Shire Offices

Tatura Irrigation & Wartime Camps Museum, Tatura

Biscuit Tin

Tatura Irrigation & Wartime Camps Museum, Tatura

Rectangular biscuit tin with lid. Label in red, blue and white colours with advertising wording. Brand name is Swallow and Ariels. Biscuits are morning tea.

Historical information

Former possession of local WW2 ex RAAF serviceman. On label is also written "Packed specially for parcels for troops overseas" and "And sold on the express condition that these goods are not used in Australia". Contents 16 ozs. nett

Inscriptions & Markings

as above

Leaflet - Harston Primary School No. 1458

Tatura Irrigation & Wartime Camps Museum, Tatura

Soft yellow cover. "Harston Primary School, No. 1458. 1874-1974" and line drawing of buildings on front.

Historical information

Produced in association with Harston Primary School Centenary in 1974

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.

Calendar - 150 Years

Tatura Irrigation & Wartime Camps Museum, Tatura

Light brown coloured card covers. Pictures of Church buildings releating to the Melbourne German Lutheran Church. Text in German and English

Historical information

Printed as a celebration of 150 years of the Melbourne Trinity Lutheran Church

Bean Slicer

Tatura Irrigation & Wartime Camps Museum, Tatura

Solid metal with disc turned by handle with 3 cutting blades on disc. Slot at top to insert bean. This attaches to a solid base (table) by means of a thumb screw.

Historical information

Early 20th century model apparently owned by a Rushworth resident.

Inscriptions & Markings

EVRON (on thumb screw)

Document - P.O.W. Camp 13, Dhurringile, Graytown.

Tatura Irrigation & Wartime Camps Museum, Tatura

Red plastic hard cover, 3 ring , binder

Diaries

Tatura Irrigation & Wartime Camps Museum, Tatura

3 diaries. 1 - green soft cover diary inside a soft leather cover; 2 - blue soft leather like cover diary. 1943 German text; 3 - black soft cover diary 1947.

Historical information

used by internee in Camp 3

Inscriptions & Markings

as above

Photograph

Tatura Irrigation & Wartime Camps Museum, Tatura

Dr McCarthy

Photograph - Eildon Reservoir

Tatura Irrigation & Wartime Camps Museum, Tatura

Large sepia photograph Eildon Reservoir - cars buses and people on road, top of dam wall - motor launch mid-photo, rounded hills forming horizon

Historical information

Taken by photographer for State Rivers and Water Supply Commission.

Photograph - Bob Bird

Tatura Irrigation & Wartime Camps Museum, Tatura

Son of H.E.S.Bird, chemist of Tatura then Shepparton.

Ashtray

Tatura Irrigation & Wartime Camps Museum, Tatura

Miniature bath shaped metal ash tray. On one side there is a rest for a cigarette. The bath shape rests on 3 ball shaped legs. Has been painted blue by the donor. Originally metal unpainted. The head end is higher - sloping down to the foot end. Presumably made by POW's during WW2. Found in 1956 in a tunnel by a Dhurringile boy.

Plaque - wooden

Tatura Irrigation & Wartime Camps Museum, Tatura

Wooden plaque mounted on a wooden base of Hilskreuzer "Kormoran". Depicts naval insignia. 2 drawing pins and cord on the back for hanging

Inscriptions & Markings

Hilfshreuzer "Kormoran"

Book - Brucke Zur Heimat

Tatura Irrigation & Wartime Camps Museum, Tatura

Illusttrated booklet, black and white and coloured pictures and sketches. Front cover shows head and shoulders of male sculpture.

Historical information

Sent to Internees by German Red Cross

Colour patch

Tatura Irrigation & Wartime Camps Museum, Tatura

Black oval felt colour patch with a green circle in the centre

Historical information

Colour patch used by AWAS

Book - Pages of pages

Tatura Irrigation & Wartime Camps Museum, Tatura

Cream and beige covers, title and author on front. St Paul's Anglican church, Canterbury, in illustration on front cover. 67 pages

Historical information

A collection of verses by Canon Cliff Page Rector All Saints Anglican Church, Tatura. 1963-1973. Wildflower paintings by Mawditt Jean Page.

Inscriptions & Markings

authors name and date. page 3.

Book - Girgarre. Girgarre Living History.

Tatura Irrigation & Wartime Camps Museum, Tatura

Rectangular shaped book ,aerial photo of the township and environs of Girgarre,on Market Day, September 2013. Photo extends over front & back covers, highly colourful cover. 251 pages ,B/W photos and maps of local families and local scenes.

Historical information

Girgarre - an extraordinary history, closer settlement, soldier settlement and family stories.

Significance

Tells of the history of Girgarre, with information obtained from a collection of stories and extensive research into the Closer and Soldier Settlement of the district

Australian half penny, 1943

Tatura Irrigation & Wartime Camps Museum, Tatura

Plunger - clothes

Tatura Irrigation & Wartime Camps Museum, Tatura

Metal washing (clothes) plunger with octagonal wooden handle. Horizontal bar through the handle at the top

Historical information

Used by internees at Camp 3

Booklet - Deutsche's Theater Tatura

Tatura Irrigation & Wartime Camps Museum, Tatura

Booklet with white paper, ribbon tied at spine, securing folded sheets together. Cover features black and white sketch of internment camp with hand written, in capitals, title above it.

Historical information

Made by internees at camp 3 Tatura. Featuring news, information, productions, etc. concerning the camp theatre.

Inscriptions & Markings

Rudolf Hoefer

Book - autograph

Tatura Irrigation & Wartime Camps Museum, Tatura

Hand written contributions from 20 fellow internees (probably children). Each piece consists of a message, a coloured drawing, contributors name, the date and Tatura (address). Belonged to Gisela Wied. Very neat. All writing in German.

Inscriptions & Markings

Inside: Gisela Wied, Australien. Tatura. 1946