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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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Tennis racquet Press

Tatura Irrigation & Wartime Camps Museum, Tatura

Tennis racquet press used to prevent warping of the wooden racquet then in use

Historical information

Made in Camp 3 for Helmut Ruff

Inscriptions & Markings

H Ruff

Photograph - Presbyterian Church Stained Glass Window

Tatura Irrigation & Wartime Camps Museum, Tatura

Black and white photograph of stained glass windows, Presbyterian Church, Tatura.

Historical information

Interior memorial windows Tatura Presbyterian Church. One of St. Andrew - in memory of Robert Barron, from his wife and family; St. Michael - in memory of Robert and Christina McTier and son Robert.

Inscriptions & Markings

on back: Memorial window. Tatura Presbyterian Church. Photograph taken 1986.

Photograph - Emailed - Paintings of camps 2 and Loveday

Tatura Irrigation & Wartime Camps Museum, Tatura

Historical information

Photos emailed from London by Guidobaldi's grandson, David Coker. Photos of paintings of Tatura Camp 2 and Loveday Camp by Italian "Dunera" internee Guidobaldi, also showing the boards on which the paintings were made.

Document W.W.2 camps 1939 - 47 Vic & SA

Tatura Irrigation & Wartime Camps Museum, Tatura

Clear plastic front, blue margin and back with a white strip, top right hand corner "Prisoner of War and Internment camps Vic & SA 1939 - 1947". Notes on Internment camps in the Tatura - Rushworth area.

Historical information

An interesting record, briefly numbers of internees in Dhurringile, Tatura Nos 1&2, Rushworth Nos 3&4, Murchison 13, Myrtleford No 5, Loveday 9&10 where internees 1939 to Jan 1940, then 150 German officers and 50 OR at Dhurringile-Tatura No 1. 1000 Geman & Italian internees, Tatura 2 1000 G. POW. Later known as T 19 Rushworth3 1000 family groups, 1940 - 46. Rushworth 4 Asian family groups1940 - 46, Murchison 13 4000 officers, Myrtleford 1000, Italian officers. Loveday 4000 Italian internees.

Inscriptions & Markings

As above

Toy - Spinning top

Tatura Irrigation & Wartime Camps Museum, Tatura

Wooden hand turned spinning top. Convex shape on the top. 7 ridges around the centre

Historical information

Made by internee and used by children at Camp 3

Knitting/sewing bag

Tatura Irrigation & Wartime Camps Museum, Tatura

Historical information

made and used by internee at camp 3.

Inscriptions & Markings

Brown wooden frame that is similar in shape to that of a coin purse. The bag opens by pulling apart the top two wooden rails to reveal the inside of the calico coloured material the bag is made of.

Audio Tape. - Ole Hellston and HMAS Sydney

Tatura Irrigation & Wartime Camps Museum, Tatura

audio tape

Historical information

Side a: Ole Hellsten, Finnish seaman and POW talk to T & D Historical Society 1994 Side b: radio talk on HMAS Sydney, 35 minutes.

Inscriptions & Markings

Ole Hellston Finnish POW Radio HMAS Sydney

Rug

Tatura Irrigation & Wartime Camps Museum, Tatura

Grey woollen crocheted rug. One edge bound with grey cotton material

Historical information

Made by internee at Camp 3. Made to be taken to Germany but the maker stayed in Australia

DVD - Adam Collection Tatura

Tatura Irrigation & Wartime Camps Museum, Tatura

White DVD, black lettering inside a plastic cover, clear front, black back.

Historical information

Featuring photographs of paintings, collections held at Tatura Museum. Compiled by Arthur Knee

Photograph - Post Office Directory 1910

Tatura Irrigation & Wartime Camps Museum, Tatura

Historical information

Post Office Directory 1910

Pamphlet - Ky Tours

Tatura Irrigation & Wartime Camps Museum, Tatura

Yellow A4 sheet folded in two

Historical information

Brief description of historic houses: Garfield, Karlsruhe, Killamont and Willowmere.

Framed Certificate - Tatura Waterworks Trust Certificate of Service

Tatura Irrigation & Wartime Camps Museum, Tatura

Framed certificate for 20 years honorary service presented to William Robbie Ponting, JP.

Historical information

presented for service to Tatura Waterworks Trust.

Photograph - Dr. Park's house

Tatura Irrigation & Wartime Camps Museum, Tatura

Historical information

Dr. Park's house, now the Tatura Museum.|1888 Rodney Irrigation Trust Office.|1896-1907 Dr. Alexander Park's surgery.|1921- 1938 Dr. James Park's surgery.| - 1982 Home of Mr. & Mrs. James Reilly.|1982-1988 Rented premises.|1988- Bi- Centennial Project- Tatura Museum purchased by Tatura & District Historical Society with financial assistance from Shire of Rodney.|Rodney Shire|Tatura

Chisel

Tatura Irrigation & Wartime Camps Museum, Tatura

Wooden handle shaped at the top. Metal shaped chisel.

Historical information

Used in construction of WW2 internment camps.

Inscriptions & Markings

McPherson Brothers, Glasgow

Painting - Watercolour

Tatura Irrigation & Wartime Camps Museum, Tatura

Stylised watercolour painting of a Kormoran crewman.

Historical information

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

Inscriptions & Markings

GR

Booklet - Poole Family Tree

Tatura Irrigation & Wartime Camps Museum, Tatura

History of Poole family gathered to celebrate family centenary 1870-1970. Photographic records of reunion

Historical information

As in brief description

Photograph

Tatura Irrigation & Wartime Camps Museum, Tatura

Medium sized black and white photograph. Sugarloaf Reservoir upper core wall, tower, tunnel, and lower dam under construction / Group of men left corner / Rocks in river bed foreground / Horse and cart off-centre left / Horse, cart, and men far right of centre / Words "Diversion Core Wall Tunnel and Riverbed" printed.

Historical information

Taken by photographer for State Rivers and Water Supply Commission.

Photograph

Tatura Irrigation & Wartime Camps Museum, Tatura

Black and white photograph. Back row: 3 adults, one young lass and young bloke held by mother seated, 6 youngsters and 2 cross legged in front. Left of photo a little stand with 216 thereon.

Historical information

Mrs Froschle and son Hannelore Beck, Lissy and Werner Drescher. Front row: Kurt Hartmut and Gudrun Beck, Wil Feil, Erich Haering, Peter Drescher, Manfred Haering and Fredrich Feil.

Photograph

Tatura Irrigation & Wartime Camps Museum, Tatura

Colour photograph. Centre front, a superb wooden box on the lid intern lager 3 a map of Australia inlaid. Tatura 1946 on the left hand side, beautifully carved woodwork, a small clock at 7 past 4.

Historical information

Artifacts made in Camp 3.

Inscriptions & Markings

As above

Photographs - Kormoran crew

Tatura Irrigation & Wartime Camps Museum, Tatura

Historical information

Kormoran crew- seven photos.|Photos 1 to 5 in lifeboats prior to being picked up by rescue vessel.|Photo 6 arriving at Fremantle.|Photo 7. At Graytown.

Tackhammer, Large

Tatura Irrigation & Wartime Camps Museum, Tatura

Metal headed tack hammer, wooden handle made from banana boxes

Historical information

Made by internee Kaltenbach at Camp 3

Buttons

Tatura Irrigation & Wartime Camps Museum, Tatura

Tortoise shell butterfly buttons. 2 holes in centre of each. 2 buttons.

Historical information

Made by internee Fritz Prager at Camp 3

Box

Tatura Irrigation & Wartime Camps Museum, Tatura

Brown paper box, lid and pinkish paper doiley-like slip inside, silver-grey paper cut out pasted onto lid. Box and lid contructed by folds only - not fixed in any way

Historical information

Handmade by Internment in Camp 3 Tatura

Shirt - Olympic Torch Relay

Tatura Irrigation & Wartime Camps Museum, Tatura

Shirt. 1 of 6 items relating to 2000 Olympic torn relay especially through Tatura.

Historical information

These objects were distributed to runners in the torch relay for the 2000 Olympic games in Australia. Tony Ford in this case. Newspaper reports have been collected following the event. The relay passed through Tatura on the 27 July 2000.

Book - Goldwing

Tatura Irrigation & Wartime Camps Museum, Tatura

Child's story book,, B & W with B & W pictures. Front cover illustrated with orange colour and B & W. Shows flowers, bees and stylised beehive. Information about human geography readers. No. 312. Price 6 pence

Historical information

The story of the honey bees palace/ life. Story of the queen bee, goldwing. Possession of internee at Camp 3, Tatura

Coin

Tatura Irrigation & Wartime Camps Museum, Tatura

Italian coin, flattened to oval shape. Some Latin script visible on one face and a number 2 on reverse face.

Historical information

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

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.

Photograph - copy - Bray's Old Home

Tatura Irrigation & Wartime Camps Museum, Tatura

Copy (3). Colour print of exterior of Bray's old home at Byrneside. 1978.

Historical information

Home of W. Bray. A very early settler of Tatura and Merrygum districts. One of the first commissioners of Rodney Irrigation Trust. Copy of L0340 and L0341

Inscriptions & Markings

on back: Bray's old home at Byrneside. 1978

Kit - Medical

Tatura Irrigation & Wartime Camps Museum, Tatura

Metal container with lid attached and 2 holes. 2 ampoule syringes - Directions for use attached around black covering. 2 card labels with instructions for using ampoule syringe with reinforced ring at one end. Piece of wadding used as protective cover for ampoules.

Historical information

Emergency medical kit for aid crew.

Inscriptions & Markings

"Crown" AM. Tubunic ampoules. On container - 2 syringes "monoject" trademark "ampoule syringe morphine hydrochloride GR 1/2 burroughs wellcome and co (the welcome foundation ltd) London 99005/5/44 Poison a setcot container

registration disc

Tatura Irrigation & Wartime Camps Museum, Tatura

Brass plate issued by the Shire of Rodney as registration for an animal. Designed to be attached to a collar. Pointed at both ends to be pushed into collar.

Historical information

Shire issued various registration tags for animals.

Inscriptions & Markings

Rodney Shire No.10

Book - Register of Lands

Tatura Irrigation & Wartime Camps Museum, Tatura

Blue cover, black writing on front. Beige cloth spine. Irrigation season 1952-1953

Historical information

List of names of farmers in Rodney Irrigation & Water Supply District and their apportioned Water Rights 1952-1953

Chest of Drawers

Tatura Irrigation & Wartime Camps Museum, Tatura

Handmade wooden cupboard with 2 drawers at the top, 1 drawer beneath. 2 door opening to one shelved cupboard space. Cupboard is supported on 4 corner blocks of wood. Cupboard is painted brown, edged with white. Drawers and door have white paint handles. Handle missing from long drawer.

Historical information

Chest of drawers made by POW's and used in huts at war camps.

Book - Pomegranates

Tatura Irrigation & Wartime Camps Museum, Tatura

Brown hard covered book with blue dust cover, 328 pages. Collection of various writers. One chapter only relating to the Internees.

Historical information

Purchased by Jewish family

Photograph

Tatura Irrigation & Wartime Camps Museum, Tatura

Photograph - original - Hogans Commercial Hotel and Store

Tatura Irrigation & Wartime Camps Museum, Tatura

Sepia original photograph of many men, women, children, horses and buggies in front of Hogan's Commercial Hotel and store.

Historical information

Original sepia photograph of Thomas Hogan's Commercial Hotel and Cash Drapery Store. Signs on building - Hogan's Commercial Hotel, Cash Drapery, cheap boot and shoe ware house. London House, sign post made from gum tree.

Inscriptions & Markings

on back: Thomas Hogan's Commercial Hotel and Cash Drapery Store, Ross Street, Tatura.

Book - To Set The Record Straight.

Tatura Irrigation & Wartime Camps Museum, Tatura

Green soft covered book.

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

Tatura Irrigation & Wartime Camps Museum, Tatura

Medium sized black and white photograph. 30/6/1917 Sugarloaf Dam wall construction / Timber form-work ready for concrete pour / Four workmen in foreground / Engine track rail line left / Hut at foot of hill looming

Historical information

Taken by photographer for State Rivers and Water Supply Commission.

Photograph - Cattanach Canal

Tatura Irrigation & Wartime Camps Museum, Tatura

Large sepia photograph - water filled channel inlet and bank - Man standing on platform looking down on concrete wall of measuring weir.

Historical information

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

Inscriptions & Markings

Above photo: "Cattanach Canal / Inlet and Measuring Weir to Waranga Basin."

Photograph - original - Tatura Museum Restoration

Tatura Irrigation & Wartime Camps Museum, Tatura

Colour photograph of Tatura Museum north wall new room. Exterior. Camellia tree. 1991.

Historical information

Tatura Museum extension built mainly of 2nd hand materials and volunteer labour.

Inscriptions & Markings

on back: Tatura Museum north wall new room February 1991

Photograph - Charles Hogan

Tatura Irrigation & Wartime Camps Museum, Tatura

Framed photograph by Kaye Watson. Deep white surround, black frame.

Historical information

This photograph is of a well known local identity and he would have been around 89 at the time. Was taken to put in a photographic exhibition and then given to the Museum.

Photograph - McNamara's saleyards

Tatura Irrigation & Wartime Camps Museum, Tatura

Black and white photograph of 's original saleyards, Tatura. Approx 1920.

Historical information

Photograph looking west along Hogan Street, of Tatura's first saleyards, run by McNamara's.

Inscriptions & Markings

on back: McNamaras Hogan Street. Original saleyards.

Photograph - Horse trough Tatura

Tatura Irrigation & Wartime Camps Museum, Tatura

Black and white photograph of horse trough, Tatura.

Historical information

Photograph of concrete horse trough in Walshe Street Tatura. Built in memory of Annis and George Bills, who had no family and donated money to build horse troughs in many towns. Flowers are planted in trough by Parks and Garden workers.

Inscriptions & Markings

on back: horse trough, donated by Annis and George Bills, Tatura, 1986

Photograph - Jim Reilly

Tatura Irrigation & Wartime Camps Museum, Tatura

The Life and Times of Jim Reilly

Folio - History of Tatura Guardian

Tatura Irrigation & Wartime Camps Museum, Tatura

Reports, early advertisement for businesses 1971. Back to Tatura celebrations etc.

Historical information

Collection of pages of Tatura Guardian including development through the years

Photograph - Riboni family

Tatura Irrigation & Wartime Camps Museum, Tatura

Small black and white photos

Historical information

Donated by Riboni Family. Riboni family interned Camp 3 Compound A:|Galia Riboni, b. 1904; Mrs. Riboni & friend seated housetop in Jerusalem, pre-war.|Teresa Riboni, b.08.03.1943 with Vittoria Riboni, b. 31.01.1947.|Mr. & Mrs. Riboni with small daughter post war

Portrait

Tatura Irrigation & Wartime Camps Museum, Tatura

Framed copy of unfinished portrait of unknown Camp 1 internee, Count ....., by another German internee, Erich Erwin Heinz Neumann. Tan frame. Subject on dark background, white beard & hair, white clothing. Photographic paper?

Historical information

Erich Erwin Heinz Neumann was a German civilian internee in Camp 1, Tatura, during WWII. He was an artist & this portrait, although unfinished, was of another internee, a Count, (name currently unknown), in the same camp. This is a framed, photographic copy of the original portrait, donated by the daughter of the artist, photograph taken by the grandson, (Tim Allan of TA Media, Adelaide, South Australia).

Photograph - Masonic Hall Tatura

Tatura Irrigation & Wartime Camps Museum, Tatura

Black and white photograph of Masonic Hall, Francis Street Tatura. Exterior. also 2 duplicates.

Historical information

Masonic Hall, Tatura, built 1923, used for meetings, dances, balls and weddings.

Inscriptions & Markings

on back: Masonic Hall, Francis Street Tatura, 1986

Photograph - copy - Early Hogan Street

Tatura Irrigation & Wartime Camps Museum, Tatura

Black and white copy of photograph of early Hogan Street, Tatura.

Historical information

Copy of post card. Hogan Street, Tatura. Looking west. Williams store on right. Bell tower, fire station on left.

Inscriptions & Markings

on back: Hogan Street Tatura

Booklet - The Streets and Parks of Mooroopna

Tatura Irrigation & Wartime Camps Museum, Tatura

Green card cover with photo of McLennan (Main) Street of Mooroopna early1900's

Historical information

Produced to ensure accurate recording of information re town of Mooroopna. Maps and street names and parkland included. Dedicated to the memory of the Late Jean Anselmi (1916-1998)