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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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5304 items

5304 items

Booklet - A School on the Wide Red Plain

Tatura Irrigation & Wartime Camps Museum, Tatura

Small blue booklet, black writing and local district map showing Girgarre East,Tongala etc.

Historical information

Written for 100 year centenary of Girgarre East SS. Includes photos, teachers, pupils names. Includes loose leaf souvenir church programme of Tatura Presbyterian Church, reference to "Springvale" 75th Anniversary of Sunday School

Booklet - RHSV Journal Vol. 55 No. 4

Tatura Irrigation & Wartime Camps Museum, Tatura

Orange cover, black writing, RHSV logo

Historical information

217th issue Vol. 55 No. . Articles on the Hentys, Italian Migrants, Victorian convicts, others

Letter

Tatura Irrigation & Wartime Camps Museum, Tatura

Folder containing personal letters from Sgt R. Bray to his wife Mary.

Historical information

personal letters from Sgt R. Bray to his wife Mary from Camp 4 Tatura.

Photograph. - Tatura Bowling Club, Division 1 Premiers 1964/65

Tatura Irrigation & Wartime Camps Museum, Tatura

Historical information

Tatura Bowling Club, Division 1 Premiers 1964/65.|Back: G. Dunlop; E. Davies; J. Maskell; S. Moore; A. Bailey; F. Volk; R. Rose; L. Green; A. Knee; K. Warburton; H. Payten.|Front: D. Hoffman; W. Dunlop; J. Coombs; A. Davies; G. Hicks.

Book - A Starritt Family History

Tatura Irrigation & Wartime Camps Museum, Tatura

Tan linen finish cover. Cream letters Cream back cover.

Historical information

A record of Starrit family going back to 1864 and early origins in 16th Centure in Ireland and Australia

Book - Leonhard Adam - From the Spree to the Yarra - Aquarelles: 1911-1955

Tatura Irrigation & Wartime Camps Museum, Tatura

Rectangular shaped book, covered with painting of "Undoolya" ( east of Alice Springs) on both font and back covers. 30 pages,, B/W photos. and paintings by the artist of Tatura camp3, Europe,Sydney and Melbourne,

Inscriptions & Markings

Acknowledgement: Mary - Clare Adam daughter of Leonhard Adam.

Booklet - Hiking from the Australian Jamboree

Tatura Irrigation & Wartime Camps Museum, Tatura

Small brown covered booklet, black writing. Sketch of Scout in hiking gear on front. Scout Emblem and kangaroo, Australian Jamboree, Frankston, Vic 1935 on back cover.

Historical information

Souvenir booklet printed for 1935 Frankston Jamboree. a hike to Gilwell Park, Gembrook

Book - ledger - Tatura Coursing Club

Tatura Irrigation & Wartime Camps Museum, Tatura

red linen like cover.

Historical information

Ledger of Tatura Coursing Club 1963 - 1964. Including memberships.

Photograph - First Commercial Bank

Tatura Irrigation & Wartime Camps Museum, Tatura

First Commercial Bank opened in 1887, with the First Printing Office at the rear.

Bank notes

Tatura Irrigation & Wartime Camps Museum, Tatura

A4 sheet of photocopies of Japanese Government notes. Five Centavos, Ten Centavos, Ten Centavos, One Dollar, One Dollar, Fifty cents. Coloured pale blue, black print, yellow, black print (4), yellow, brown print. Copy of a small coin

Historical information

Photocopies of Japanese currency issued in New Guinea in WW2

Book - The Way We Were

Tatura Irrigation & Wartime Camps Museum, Tatura

Cream cover, brown writing, 13 sepia like sketches of early buildings, transport, irrigation, farming, settlers, harvesting

Historical information

Timeline from 1841-1994, when squatters first settled at Tongala. Includes stories of families from Deakin Shire. Now Shire of Campaspe

Photograph - Leo Baker Collection

Tatura Irrigation & Wartime Camps Museum, Tatura

Historical information

Photographs taken by Leo Baker in 2001. Originals in his possession.

Bloomers

Tatura Irrigation & Wartime Camps Museum, Tatura

Machine made white calico bloomers, elastic in waist band. Finished with small button and loop at end of elastic

Historical information

Used by Internees at Camp 3

file - State Rivers & Water Supply Commission

Tatura Irrigation & Wartime Camps Museum, Tatura

File containing - Victorian Government Gazette March 6, 1968. - - Map, Goulburn Irrigation System - Murchison A, SR & WSC Journal "Aqua" April 1966 , Lake Eppalock Boating Guide, "Aqua Summer 1991,

Historical information

This collection was owned by Keith Daniel, an accountant with SR & WSC. Resident in Tatura 6-7 years until 1965

Inscriptions & Markings

Brochure & newspaper adv. re: Waranga Lakeside estate.1974

Photograph - Tatura Free Press

Tatura Irrigation & Wartime Camps Museum, Tatura

John Stephen Hill came to Tatura in 1912 and became Manager of the Tatura Free Press in 1916. He died in 1953 having being very involved in community affairs throughout his life in Tatura.|Photo features two men posing in front of the Free Press, with a bicycle in the background.

Painting - Watercolour - The camp-commandant of Graytown

Tatura Irrigation & Wartime Camps Museum, Tatura

Stylised watercolour painting of Graytown Camp leader

Historical information

Artist Georg Rosenkranz, crewman aboard the HSK Kormoran, painted this while at Graytown POW Camp

Dress - baby

Tatura Irrigation & Wartime Camps Museum, Tatura

Short sleeved ribbon embroidered dress.

Historical information

Babies clothes used at Tatura Maternal Health Centre. (five other pieces of clothing as well) L0862-L0866

Folder - State Rivers & Water Supply Commission Construction and District Branches

Tatura Irrigation & Wartime Camps Museum, Tatura

Black and white marbled cover,metal lever

Historical information

Contains various publications on procedures for Water Commission constructions and irrigation methods and some photographs of assembling of a bridge

Photograph

Tatura Irrigation & Wartime Camps Museum, Tatura

Black and white photograph of a group of 13 boys with Captain Jenkins. A junior Re Cross group. L-r: Captain Jenkins back row Bruno East, Adolf Lin, Sgt Maier, ?. Front: Ernst Lewandowski, Manfred Haering, Ernst Wied.

Historical information

Each boy wears his Junior Red Cross badge on his left breast.

Photograph

Tatura Irrigation & Wartime Camps Museum, Tatura

Colour photo of a caricature painting by Hans Walter von Gruenewaldt depicting female highland dancer.

Historical information

Hans Walter von Gruenewaldt was a German POW who used his artistic ability to paint several large mural caricatures while 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 in compound 13D. The paintings were completed over a duration of six years (1941-1946).

Wooden Chess Set - Chess Set

Tatura Irrigation & Wartime Camps Museum, Tatura

This object is a wooden box with a divider in the middle which contains the wooden chess pieces. Black pieces and brown pieces. Contains 31 pieces for the chess set. One piece went missing, at some point (brown pawn).

Tatura Male Choir Turaton

Tatura Irrigation & Wartime Camps Museum, Tatura

Tatura Male Choir Turaton box. Memorabilia

Handbag

Tatura Irrigation & Wartime Camps Museum, Tatura

Ladies clutch bag with wooden toggle in colours black,yellow & cream

Historical information

Made by internee at Camp3 for his wife

Photograph - Mr and Mrs Ruxton 1997

Tatura Irrigation & Wartime Camps Museum, Tatura

Mrs and Mr Bruce Ruxton, RSL President at German War Cemetery November 16th 1997; with friend.

Photograph

Tatura Irrigation & Wartime Camps Museum, Tatura

Black and white photograph of head and shoulder of Captain Jim Sullivan. His legendary kindness to the Japanese children is a proud record of human relations.

Historical information

Captain Jim Sullivan

Photograph

Tatura Irrigation & Wartime Camps Museum, Tatura

Black and white photograph of the inside of the Museum. Dieter Ruff and Mrs Lilo Thaler standing inside the mock hut celebrating the 50th Anniversary, September 1991.

Historical information

Photographed at Tatura Museum of 50th anniversary of Templers return.

Book - Feu Nos Peres

Tatura Irrigation & Wartime Camps Museum, Tatura

Soft cover book. Reprints of photos of various people and families on front and back covers. Coloured and black and white photos. Text in French and Japanese. Titles of book printed in Red.

Historical information

This is a copy of the catalogue of the exhibition of Mutsumi Tsuda held in New Caledonia in September, 2006

Folio - Robert L. Kahn. Recollections of a "Dunera Boy".

Tatura Irrigation & Wartime Camps Museum, Tatura

Dark blue plastic A4 folder containing typed material in plastic sleeves.

Historical information

Copy of these recollections given to Lurline Knee, who met Robert at a "Dunera" reunuion, 1991.

Inscriptions & Markings

Robert Kahn Reollections.

Newspaper cuttings - The Club's the Thing

Tatura Irrigation & Wartime Camps Museum, Tatura

22 group photographs of Tatura organisation on double page supplement. Tatura Guardian Newspaper 8 September 1960. Included are: Apex, Shire Councillors, Show Society, RSL, Plumpton Coursing and Racing, Football, CWA, Fire Brigade, Younger Set, Croquet, Red Cross, RSL Auxiliary, Kinder, Golf, Council Staff, Young Farmers, SS Mothers Club, Hospital Auxiliary.

Inscriptions & Markings

Tatura Guardian Press Thursday 8 September 1960

Photograph - Presbyterian school picnic

Tatura Irrigation & Wartime Camps Museum, Tatura