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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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5330 items

5330 items

Book - childrens

Tatura Irrigation & Wartime Camps Museum, Tatura

Book of poems and sketches. Red cover, hand drawn illustrations

Historical information

Given to Norle Hahn for his birthday.

Inscriptions & Markings

"5 August 1946 Tatura Lagers 3 - Bunte Vogel fur noble Hahn zum Geburtstag

Photograph - Hogan and Walshe Streets

Tatura Irrigation & Wartime Camps Museum, Tatura

Historical information

Hogan and Walshe Streets intersection with Post Office, Dr. Park clock tower and railway crossing, c.1950.

Photograph - Croquet Club Foundation

Tatura Irrigation & Wartime Camps Museum, Tatura

The foundation members of the Croquet Club, which is one of the oldest such clubs in the Goulburn Valley.|The Croquet Club for ladies was formed in 1913. In the years to follow the Lawn Bowls and Croquet Clubs worked together in close cooperation.|In 1937 the Bowling and Croquet Clubs cooperated in securing the pavilion of the defunct Tennis Club as a useful addition to their buildings.|At a General Meeting held 19 December 1970, it was regretfully decided to disband due to lack of sufficient members.

Photograph - copy - Opening of Wilson Hall 1962

Tatura Irrigation & Wartime Camps Museum, Tatura

Black and white photograph of scouts and cubs entry in procession for ceremony marking opening of Wilson Hall Showgrounds, March 1962.

Historical information

as above. Original with owner/donor

Inscriptions & Markings

see inscription on back of photograph

CD - RAAF Assoc. Talk by Pat Kerrins

Tatura Irrigation & Wartime Camps Museum, Tatura

Silver CD with dark silver text inside a black and clear plastic case.

Historical information

Talk given by Pat Kerrins to a group from RAAF Association Bendigo on 16 September 2009.

Photograph - Coucillor O. Young

Tatura Irrigation & Wartime Camps Museum, Tatura

Councillor O Young

Folio - Hirschfeld-Mack, Artist.

Tatura Irrigation & Wartime Camps Museum, Tatura

Black flecked two ring folder with printed material in plastic sleeves.

Historical information

Material collected and donated.

Inscriptions & Markings

Hirschfeld-Mack, Artist.

Photograph - Old Fire Ball Tower

Tatura Irrigation & Wartime Camps Museum, Tatura

Black and white photograph of fire bell tower, Tatura.

Historical information

Illuminations on old fire bell tower, Tatura

Inscriptions & Markings

on back: old fire bell tower, Hogan Street, Tatura. East of railway crossing

Photograph - copy - Tatura Football Team 1898

Tatura Irrigation & Wartime Camps Museum, Tatura

Black and white copy of photograph of Tatura Football Team 1898. Some officials and supporters

Historical information

Copy of very early photograph of Tatura Football team, premiers, 1898. Some names are known: Jas Brady, J. Mitchell, M. Brady, C. J. Mitchell, J. Butler, W. Reddie, C. Brady and T. Hogan.

Inscriptions & Markings

on back: Tatura Football Tea. Jas Brady. captain. 1898. Premiers

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

Tin - Bread

Tatura Irrigation & Wartime Camps Museum, Tatura

Rectangular handmade bread tin

Historical information

Made by internee at Camp 3, Tatura and used for cake making

Book - A Brief History of Finland

Tatura Irrigation & Wartime Camps Museum, Tatura

Grey plastised dust cover. Harbour scene on front cover, map on back. Purple writing

Historical information

A concse account of Finnish history events since 1809

Photograph - copy - Tatura Fire Brigade

Tatura Irrigation & Wartime Camps Museum, Tatura

Black and white copy of photograph of six fire brigade members.

Historical information

Copy of photograph of Tatura Fire Brigade C 1920's

Photograph - Camp 4 Garrison

Tatura Irrigation & Wartime Camps Museum, Tatura

Historical information

Camp 4 Garrison.|Maj. Scurry, (centre front row); Lieut. Jim Sullivan (second from right, back row).

Photograph

Tatura Irrigation & Wartime Camps Museum, Tatura

Black and white photo huts surrounded by perimeter fences with guard tower in foreground

Historical information

Picture of Camp 3, B and C compounds, taken from the water tower by Vollmer family, 1947, prior to repatriation to Germany.

Book - Exercise

Tatura Irrigation & Wartime Camps Museum, Tatura

White sticker on blue/grey exercise book, used for geometry. White label, Hemut Ruff, Geometry (Book 2), hand written.

Historical information

Book used by Internee's child at Camp 3

Inscriptions & Markings

Helmut Ruff Geometry (book 2)

Photograph - Camp 1 Garrison

Tatura Irrigation & Wartime Camps Museum, Tatura

Photograph - Nicola Cua.

Tatura Irrigation & Wartime Camps Museum, Tatura

Head and shoulders sepia photo of man with collar and tie, neatly combed hair.

Historical information

Photo of Nic Cua who was, after the formation of the Tatura Historical Society, the first former internee to return from the U.K. to visit the Camp 2 site. Now deceased.

Inscriptions & Markings

On back of photo- Nicola Cua; 6 Shirley Heights; Shirley Road; Wallington. SMG 9QD Surrey. 01 647 2719.

Photograph - Whim Inn Motel 1986

Tatura Irrigation & Wartime Camps Museum, Tatura

Black and white photograph of Whim Inn Motel, Tatura, exterior. one of two photographs.

Historical information

Photograph of Whim Inn Motel, Tatura, corner Ferguson and Dhurringile Roads. Nice Australian garden with old wheels and dray in foreground.

Inscriptions & Markings

on back: Whim Inn Motel Tatura 1986

Painting - Watercolour - Playing Darts

Tatura Irrigation & Wartime Camps Museum, Tatura

Stylised watercolour painting of POW playing darts in Graytown

Historical information

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

Inscriptions & Markings

Playing Darts

Book - Lake Eildon - A Record low

Tatura Irrigation & Wartime Camps Museum, Tatura

Clear plastic dust cover. White front cover with photograph of Eildon and Sugarloaf Dam in foreground. Insert of charter boat.

Historical information

To record and compare water levels and to showcase the success of "Eildon Lake Charters" in Murrindindi Tourism Competition "Best New Business 2000". Book includes many old historic preflooding photos.

Shell Turtles

Tatura Irrigation & Wartime Camps Museum, Tatura

Turtles created from a large cowrie shell that is brown spotted. This large shell is connected to four smaller cowrie shells that act as the feet. Then another small shell to be the head. Artifact .2 is 7.5 cm in length and 4.2 cm in width. Artifact .1 is 86 cm in length as well as 4.6 cm in width

Historical information

Made by Tom Hunter during WW2 in Papua New Guinea

Inscriptions & Markings

Unreadable writing on the underbelly of the two turtles written in grey lead.

Book - Beyond the Bitumen

Tatura Irrigation & Wartime Camps Museum, Tatura

Grey dustcover. Title in red.|Jacket illustration "Bronco branding at Rocklands Station" by Sir Daryl Lindsay

Historical information

Story of Winter-Irving family. Description of life on country properties in Victoria and cattle stations in Queensland

Programme - The Gypsy Baron

Tatura Irrigation & Wartime Camps Museum, Tatura

Historical information

Produced in preparation for the presentation of "The Gypsy Baron"

Photograph - Dosser, Bob

Tatura Irrigation & Wartime Camps Museum, Tatura

Historical information

Dosser, Bob. Standing at his back door during floods.

CD - Final Voyage

Tatura Irrigation & Wartime Camps Museum, Tatura

Plastic CD case.

Historical information

Final voyage a song for Sydney. Produced and recorded in Geraldton WA. Lyrics, James William Robinson. Music and Vocals Will John Saunders.

Inscriptions & Markings

Front; Photo of Sydney - Final Voyage. Song for the Sydney Back: Photo of Sydney

Photograph - Presbyterian Girls Fellowship c1930s

Tatura Irrigation & Wartime Camps Museum, Tatura

Presbyterian Girls Fellowship, late 1930s.|Back row standing: Win Leckie; Jean Gibb; Wilga Ough; Marj Collins; Hilda Conley; Audrey Maxwell; Dorothy Layton.|Seated: Jean Duke; Mavis Dixon; Ruth Collins (school teacher); Mrs Shaw (Presbyterian Minister's wife); Isabel Maskell; Phyl Bunnett.|On floor: Val Ough; Joan Chalmers; Roma O'Brien. Four copies, held together.

Photographs - Girshik family

Tatura Irrigation & Wartime Camps Museum, Tatura

Historical information

Photos taken within Camp 3. Nine photos of Camp 3 life, including the Girshik family and Monsignor Apostolic Delegate. Six photos including map of British entry into Persia & Helga Griffin addressing the Historical Society 2006.

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.

Audio Tape - Talk on the history of the former Bartlett Cordial Factories

Tatura Irrigation & Wartime Camps Museum, Tatura

Historical information

Talk given to Historical Society by Michael Quinn and Jill Somers on the history of the former Bartlett Cordial Factories.