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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.

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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5294 items

5294 items

Folder - Water Bailiff's Manual

Tatura Irrigation & Wartime Camps Museum, Tatura

Green cover, gold lettering, metal clips. SR&WSC Vic logo and writing

Historical information

Water Bailiff's Manual for information of duties. First Edition, 1963, revised 1969

Book - Victorian Readers Sixth Book

Tatura Irrigation & Wartime Camps Museum, Tatura

Blue cardboard and linen cover. Black writing. Education Department, Victoria logo on front.

Historical information

Used by school students

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

Book - Technical

Tatura Irrigation & Wartime Camps Museum, Tatura

Soft covered card, fawn coloured book, red printing on cover, English coat of arms, lion and unicorn, black and white illustrations. 3 holes at spine with 2 staples in between.

Historical information

Former possession of local ex serviceman, sergeant.

Inscriptions & Markings

"B" Coy HQ 16 BNVDC 13 Oct 1942 C. J. MILLER SGT

Photograph - copy - Plumpton Tatura Coursing Club 1933

Tatura Irrigation & Wartime Camps Museum, Tatura

Black and white copy of photograph of committee and stewards of Plumpton Coursing Club at Tatura 1933. 39 men and 1 boy. Original held by Museum.

Historical information

Photograph taken at the Tatura racecourse.

Inscriptions & Markings

on back: committee and stewards of the Plumpton Tatura Coursing Club 1933.

CD - Graves, German War Cemetery

Tatura Irrigation & Wartime Camps Museum, Tatura

CD, black and gold text on white circle.. Plastic cover, clear front, black back

Historical information

A photographic collection of German War Cemetery graves.

Photograph

Tatura Irrigation & Wartime Camps Museum, Tatura

Black and white copy of a photo of Anzac Day ceremony.

Historical information

Colonel Rhodan, Garrison and army nurses at the lowering of the flag and the Last Post at Camp 1, Tatura during WW2.

Dress - baby

Tatura Irrigation & Wartime Camps Museum, Tatura

Long sleeved ribbon embroidered dress with ribbon waist.

Historical information

Babies clothes used at Tatura Maternal Health Centre. (five other pieces of clothing as well) L0861-L0866

Knitting needles

Tatura Irrigation & Wartime Camps Museum, Tatura

2 knitting needles made from bicycle spokes

Historical information

Used in Camp 3

Camera and case.

Tatura Irrigation & Wartime Camps Museum, Tatura

Kershaw Eight - 20 Penguin Folding camera with leather case. Metal clasp and leather shoulder strap.

Historical information

Not directly related to Tatura but may be useful as a prop for photographic exhibitions etc.

Significance

Gifted to Tatura Museum by the Donaldson family.

Photograph - Tatura Squash Courts

Tatura Irrigation & Wartime Camps Museum, Tatura

Black and white, exterior photograph of squash courts, Tatura

Historical information

Tatura Squash Courts were built in 19?? by Jeff and Liz Childs

Inscriptions & Markings

on back: Tatura squash courts. Proprietor Philippa Graham, nee Sadler. 1986

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.

Cardigan

Tatura Irrigation & Wartime Camps Museum, Tatura

Hand knitted cardigan. Light brown back, sleeves and collar. Front knitted in two colours (light brown and orange). 2 Pockets on front. 6 orange buttons

Historical information

Knitted in Camp 3 for Luise Wied

Neck Tie

Tatura Irrigation & Wartime Camps Museum, Tatura

woollen tartan, red, royal blue, green and black neck tie.

Historical information

material for the tie was woven from Australian wool on a loom at Camp 1. The material was cut and made into a neck tie and used by Gerda Kazenwadel at Camp 3.

Photograph - Cast of Cherry Blossom

Tatura Irrigation & Wartime Camps Museum, Tatura

Cast photo of Cherry Blossom performers, taken on stage with set features in the background.

Book - Liquid Gold Australia

Tatura Irrigation & Wartime Camps Museum, Tatura

Red hard cover with gold lettering, small map of Australia and pictures of mountain scenery, dam, electricity pole and peaches. Mainly pictorial on development of irrigation and industry in irrigation areas

Historical information

Written to illustrate wealth of our region with reference to Snowy Mountains. Intrudction by Hon. H Bolte, Premier of Vic

Folder - family history - Burton, Black, Mitchell Families

Tatura Irrigation & Wartime Camps Museum, Tatura

Blue cover, metal clips containing 3 books of information. Burton Family title in blue and pink, Mitchell and black titles in black writing

Historical information

The family histories of Black-Burton-Mitchell families from 1849 on. Some Mitchell and Colliver connections live in Tatura district

Photograph - Catholic Church Tatura

Tatura Irrigation & Wartime Camps Museum, Tatura

Black and white photograph of Roman Catholic Church Hogan Street, Tatura. Exterior. 2 copies.

Historical information

Sacred Heart Roman Catholic Church Tatura, built in 1912.

Inscriptions & Markings

on back: Catholic Church 1986

Photograph

Tatura Irrigation & Wartime Camps Museum, Tatura

Historical information

Photo 24 Max Frank (left); Theodore Grazr (4th from left); Bitzer (3rd from right); Dr. Rubitschung (far right).|Photo 25. Juergen Tretz (2nd from left); Ulrich Krafft (4th from left); Eberhard Guentner (front, 2nd from left); Erich Haering (7th from left, head only); Kuno Kaltenbach (with H braces); Harold Graze (far right); Teacher Vollmer??|Photo 27. Waltraud Guentner (far left); Heidi Schnerring (3rd from left); Heidi Frank- Vollmer (2nd from right); Ilse Beilharz nee Frank.|Photo 28. Reinhold Bitzer; Irene Krafft; Irmgard Schnerring (blonde); ? ; Gerlinde Reiner ?; ? ; Eberhard Guentner; Albrecht Stuerzenhofecker (in coat); Ernst Lewandowsky (striped top); Manfred Haering (2nd from right).|Photo 29. Teacher- Annie Kuebler; Resi Haering (white top); Doster (next to teacher); Karl-Heinz Hoefer (standing 2nd from right); Blaich (with doll).|Camp 3|Templers|Teachers|Jack Collection|School Children|Kindergarten

Document - Autobiography - The Voyage of an Alien

Tatura Irrigation & Wartime Camps Museum, Tatura

Black multi ring A4 folder containing a copy of the book The Voyage of an Alien, an autobiography written by internee Vittoria Tolaini.

Historical information

Vittorio was a internee in camp. This is a photocopy of the original book C

Inscriptions & Markings

The Voyage of an Alien by Vittorio Tolaini 14 Monash University Library

Booklet. - The Scientific Investigation of a Carley Float, by John Ashton.

Tatura Irrigation & Wartime Camps Museum, Tatura

Soft, grey covered booklet of approx. 45 pages. A photo of HMAS "Sydney" on the cover.

Historical information

Donated by John Ashton who spoke to the Tatura Hist. Society on the subject.

Plate

Tatura Irrigation & Wartime Camps Museum, Tatura

Army issue tin dinner plate painted blue on the front, brick red on the back with cream dots on outer rim

Historical information

Handpainted by internee at Camp 3. Plate returned from Germany

Book - A Private Viewing

Tatura Irrigation & Wartime Camps Museum, Tatura

Pale blue front, white back dust cover. Blue hard cover. Black text. Back of a lady looking out a window

Historical information

A collection of stories which shows the authors understanding of identity and compassion for human relationships

Book - George Michael Larin 1916 to 2008. A Biography.

Tatura Irrigation & Wartime Camps Museum, Tatura

On front cover rural scene and channel and photograph of G. M. Larin. On Back cover story of life of G. M. Larin and photographs as a young man.

Historical information

Written by N. M. Larin. A biography of G. M. Larin of his life from Russia to Australia and his family. Interesting story of post war migration and WW2 resettlement of European displaced persons in Australia.

Photograph

Tatura Irrigation & Wartime Camps Museum, Tatura

Medium sized black and white photograph. Weir being constructed of granite blocks quarried from nearby Mt. Black. Four men standing on the granite steps - gantry right mid-picture. Note: Empty cart resting mid-top of picture.

Historical information

Taken by photographer for State Rivers and Water Supply Commission.

Music Stand

Tatura Irrigation & Wartime Camps Museum, Tatura

Metal 3 legged music stand. Heightcan be adjusted by a screw with a square head (thumb screw). Expandable sheet music holder

Historical information

Used by internees at Camp 3

Coin

Tatura Irrigation & Wartime Camps Museum, Tatura

Silver metal coin

Historical information

Possession of POW's at Camp 4.

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

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

Black and white photograph of well built man in grey suit and dark tie, standing, an grey haired man in dark suit, seated, at table set for a banquet reunion at St Kilda 1990 or 1991.

Historical information

Camp reunion. Dunera .