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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

Book - State Rivers and Water Supply Commission Annual Reports 1955 - 60

Tatura Irrigation & Wartime Camps Museum, Tatura

Historical information

Old report from the State Rivers and Water Supply Commission

Folio - Early Tatura Business Invoices - Williams

Tatura Irrigation & Wartime Camps Museum, Tatura

Collection of records of business transactions rendered to Mr. J. Williams, Toolamba, 1929-1982

Historical information

Invoices kept over years and discovered recently

Photograph - copy - Neef Family

Tatura Irrigation & Wartime Camps Museum, Tatura

A4 size picture, copy taken of Australian War Memorial site, depicting the Neef family in Camp 3, approx 1942.

Historical information

Left - Neef parents Edith and Roland Neef with children Helmut, Manfred and Herbert. Right - Steller parents Eugen and Elli Steller (nee Lippman) with children Anne, Inge and Reiner. The wives are sisters.

Photograph

Tatura Irrigation & Wartime Camps Museum, Tatura

Colour photo of a caricature painting by Hans Walter von Gruenewaldt depicting female Asian lady, leading Donald Duck.

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).

Sketches

Tatura Irrigation & Wartime Camps Museum, Tatura

Black and white sketches for calender. 1943. 5 sketches - huts, guards, wild flowers, half hut and ?. Frank Zimmer centre right.

Historical information

Camp 3. made by Gudrun and Isolde Frank, camp 3 c.

Inscriptions & Markings

the number 4 top right hand corner

Fruit Bowl

Tatura Irrigation & Wartime Camps Museum, Tatura

Wooden fruit bowl- turned- standing on a stumpy base. Inside cntre of bowl is an insert made from bone and inscribed "MOS". The word "Tatura is carved into the centre piece of the bowl.

Historical information

Given to the donor's parents while interned in Camp 3A

Inscriptions & Markings

TATURA

Document. - Students Projects WW2 Camps.

Tatura Irrigation & Wartime Camps Museum, Tatura

Red open fronted folio containing two typed pages

Historical information

Material donated.

Diary extracts - Antonio Dallanegra

Tatura Irrigation & Wartime Camps Museum, Tatura

4 colour photographs of pages from the diary of Antonio Dallanegra.

Historical information

Antonio Dallanegra was an Welsh Italian interned in Camp 2, in 1940. The pages tell the story of the sinking of the Arandora Star and their trip back to Scotland and then onto Australia.

Photograph - Tatura Lady Bowlers 1973

Tatura Irrigation & Wartime Camps Museum, Tatura

Tatura Lady Bowlers, 9th January 1973.|Front row: J. Davies, M. Campbell, E. Butcher, E. Green, A. Todd, R. Huggins, P. Crawford, E. Dudley, D. Davies, M. Ducat, K. Mactier.|Middle row: M. Blake, E. Evans, J. Stewart, L. McLeod, J. Sudholz, S. Hetherington, M. Beckwith, E. Curtis, O. Daykin, F. Stammers, L. Dawson, H. McCracken, M. Wheeler, D. Maskell, D. Godbehere, F. Mason, A. Robbins, C. Uebergang, M. Leaf, A. Groom, R. Donaldson.|Back row: N. Smith, A. Hoffman, P. Bollard, D. Dunlop.

Photograph

Tatura Irrigation & Wartime Camps Museum, Tatura

Sepia photograph of a small 4 person band - drum, cornet, piano, accordion and base fiddle.

Historical information

Camp 3 band.

Folio - WW2 Army Garrison Personel at Tatura Group Camps.

Tatura Irrigation & Wartime Camps Museum, Tatura

Black four ring folder with printed material in plastic sleeves.

Historical information

Material collected for Museum

Inscriptions & Markings

WW2 Army Garrison.

Brooch

Tatura Irrigation & Wartime Camps Museum, Tatura

Pearl shell butterfly brooch with small bilt pin attached

Historical information

Made by internee in Camp 3, Tatura

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

Photograph - Hans Blau

Tatura Irrigation & Wartime Camps Museum, Tatura

Two 12 x 8 cms b.& w. photos

Historical information

Hans left Vienna for Singapore in 1938, where he played and sang at Raffles. Interned Camp 3. Two photographs of Hans Blau (now Blair), Dunera internee and professional entertainer, who was in charge of the entertainment and revues in the camp. Later in the 8th. Employment Co. Before the War Hans entertained the Duke of Windsor in Vienna & Paris.

Audio Tape - Camps

Tatura Irrigation & Wartime Camps Museum, Tatura

tape audio Phillips FS 60

Historical information

Talks on camps given to Shepparton Probus Club by Lurline Knee (researcher) 11 June 1991.

Coaster - Drink

Tatura Irrigation & Wartime Camps Museum, Tatura

Australian pewter drink coaster (round) with a bow of a ship in the centre of a 7 pointed star inside a circle. Suede is attached to the back of the coaster. Inside a plastic pocket, black back, clear front

Historical information

Made as a souvenir to "Memorial to HMAS Sydney 11 Mount Scott Geraldton WA

Doll

Tatura Irrigation & Wartime Camps Museum, Tatura

Handmade dressed doll with moveable arms and legs. Head is fixed. All parts joined to stuffed stockinged body

Historical information

Doll made in Camp 3 by Mr. Alfons Koenig and given to Herta Beilharz in February 1944. The sprigged crepe georgette dress was made by her mother, Meta, out of a dress Herta had outgrown

Can - Watering

Tatura Irrigation & Wartime Camps Museum, Tatura

Oval shaped metal watering can with removable rose (spray) head. 2 stays between can and outlet to spray head. Small bolt holds one side on top handle in place

Historical information

Possibly made by Fritz Trefz or Fritz Kazenwadel in Camp 3

Book - Our First Fifty Years 1835-1885

Tatura Irrigation & Wartime Camps Museum, Tatura

Beige and brown cover. Victorian souvenir edition. Print of a ship in rough seas on front cover. The "Lady Nelson" entering Port Phillip.

Historical information

History of Victoria. A reproduction of an historical Australian book published in 1835. It depicts Victoria at the end of first 50 years of settlement.

programme - Sergeant Snow White

Tatura Irrigation & Wartime Camps Museum, Tatura

Program of a Union Theatre production of "Sergeant Snow White" Blue print on pale blue green background. Folds into 4, cover picture depicts stage scene in plastic sleeve cover.

Historical information

"Sergeant Snow White" was a happy go lucky musical revue of bad old and good new times. Was a Sergeant Doc K Sternberg production. Performed at the Union Theatre, Melbourne on April 15th,17th & 19th 1943

Memoirs - Eileen's Memoirs

Tatura Irrigation & Wartime Camps Museum, Tatura

A page from Eileen Ruth Barlow's Memoirs.

Historical information

Eileen's husband Jim, was part of the Home Guard in Rushworth. This memoir describes an incident when prisoners escaped from camp.

Inscriptions & Markings

On cover, Eileen's Memoirs. Commenced 13/06/2010. Under a photo of Eileen is printed, Eileen Ruth Barlow (nee Edmonds) Born 11th May 1918.

CD - Tatura Football Club 1932; All Saints Church of England 1901

Tatura Irrigation & Wartime Camps Museum, Tatura

Silver and white CD-R. White text. Blue and black hand written text. Clear plastic cover. TDK disc.

Historical information

Photographs of 1901 All Saints Sunday School picnic; Photographs of 1932 Tatura Football Club; Letter dated 22 June 2002 from Val and Ken Reid naming Jennie Matthews, Annie Colliver and May Matthews in the Sunday School photograph and Will Matthews in the football team photograph.

Posters

Tatura Irrigation & Wartime Camps Museum, Tatura

1 of 15 colour laminated posters of the Deutsche Theatre, Tatura, of the various productions of Wilhelm Tell, Minna Von Barnhelm Der Kaufmann Von Denedig (Shakespeare), Siegfried's Tod Odenwald scene. On a large display board (L 126 cm x W 120 cm)

Historical information

Camp theatre productions. Wilhelm Fugman, producer.

Photograph

Tatura Irrigation & Wartime Camps Museum, Tatura

Coloured photograph country road. Post card

Historical information

POW Camp 13 artist. Original owned by Gustav Polig New York USA. Used for post card. In 1943 an agreement was reached to allow POW's to send air mail. Fee was 6 pence for a card, 1 shilling for a letter of which were censored.

Inscriptions & Markings

POW Mail

Photograph - Rock Sentry box

Tatura Irrigation & Wartime Camps Museum, Tatura

Colour photograph of sentry box made of the rock, with a galvanized corrugated iron roof.

Photograph - Goulburn Waranga Main Channel Construction

Tatura Irrigation & Wartime Camps Museum, Tatura

Large black and white photograph - dry mounted to cream board. Channel excavation scene - with excavator bucket in operation, right foreground. Two men, one arm raised, pointing, in left foreground

Historical information

Photo taken by the photographer for Victoria State Rivers and Water Supply Commission of the Goulburn Waranga main channel in 1957.

Inscriptions & Markings

Below photo: "Goulburn Waranga Main Channel Construction / Bucyrus 200 W. Excavator with 6 c. yd. Bucket / Looking towards off-take at Goulburn Weir / Completed Excavation in Background.

Photograph - Tudor's jewellers shop

Tatura Irrigation & Wartime Camps Museum, Tatura

Historical information

Tudor's jewellers shop, & Kilpatrick's Stock & Station Agency, c.1900, Hogan Street, north side, now Solicitor's offices.

Photograph - original - Tatura Museum

Tatura Irrigation & Wartime Camps Museum, Tatura

Colour photograph of Mrs Jacka, opening the first meeting of Tatura & District Historical Society. 1988. Interior meeting room.

Historical information

Photograph of Mrs Lil Jacka opening first meeting of Tatura Historical Society. Other members are Bill Doller, Lurline Knee and Margaret Normington.

Inscriptions & Markings

on back: Mrs Jacka, eldest member opening first meeting.

Book - Register of lands 1978-79

Tatura Irrigation & Wartime Camps Museum, Tatura

Black back cover, beige front cover, navy blue writing, gold cloth spine. Hand printed list inside front cover

Historical information

Contains lists of names of farmers and their Water Rights for 1978-79 season

Book, Exercise

Tatura Irrigation & Wartime Camps Museum, Tatura

Exercise book with blue & white cover, with lined pages. Standard arithmetic & multiplication tables printed on back cover. Some separate lined & unlined pages inside, some held together with a nail. Lessons in Russian with phonetic spelling & German translations. Exercise book used by Else Oertel in Camp 3A, in study of the Italian language.

Historical information

Else Oertel was an internee in Camp 3A from 1940-1945. Else (a German) was interned in a camp where Russian was being taught & so took up lessons. Her husband was away on business in Germany at the outbreak of war and was not interned with them & therefore Else was also motivated to learn Russian because it was possible she would be repatriated to the Russian sector of Germany at the end of the war (namely Chemnitz, Saxony). This book is one she used in these lessons.

Inscriptions & Markings

Printed on front cover: The "Vana" Exercise Book/ Name/Grade/School/ Approved by the Education Department|(name) E. Oertel; (grade) 3.A; (school) Russisch