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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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5324 items

5324 items

Abacus

Tatura Irrigation & Wartime Camps Museum, Tatura

Wood & metal abacus with wooden base, sides & beads (100), & metal rails. Wood painted red & black.

Historical information

Camp 3 was one of the Tatura Group of civilian & prisoner of war internment camps during World War 2. Camp 3 was a civilian 'family' camp. The abacus was made by a German internee, for his son in the camp. It was made from scrap materials found in and around the camp & the beads & other wooden parts of the abacus were turned on a lathe also constructed by the internees.

A4 Display Book - William Skinner

Tatura Irrigation & Wartime Camps Museum, Tatura

Blue A4 display book, containing 22 plastic sleeves containing information of W Skinner murder 1905.

Historical information

Copies of Coroners' inquest, trial and other newspaper cuttings of James Edwards accused of W Skinner's murder. Sentenced to 12 years for manslaughter

A4 Display Book - Reginald Leslie EICKE

Tatura Irrigation & Wartime Camps Museum, Tatura

Blue A4 display book containing 6 plastic sleeves with enlistment information on Reginald Leslie Eicke.

Historical information

Contents include Enlistment papers, service and casualty form, attestation papers, war gratuity schedule papers, casualty form active service, statement of service and photograph of Reginald in uniform. Reginald was an internment camp guard.

A4 Display Book - Centenary of Federation Exhibition

Tatura Irrigation & Wartime Camps Museum, Tatura

Collection of photographs and informative newspaper cuttings, relating to exhibition held on the celebration of Federation. Contained in purple A4 display book. 16 plastic sleeves.

Historical information

Assembled to record exhibition. Presented by Historical Society with special viewing by student of the district

A4 Display Book - Army Memorabillia

Tatura Irrigation & Wartime Camps Museum, Tatura

Maroon coloured A4 display book, containing 14 plastic sleeves - contains stories of local Servicemen and other items (Certa Cito magazine, article on Lt Col Rod Wells, fall of Singapore, 39th Battalion)

Historical information

WW2 memorabilia from newspapers, newsletters etc.

A4 Display Book - Autobiography - Reg Mould of Shepparton

Tatura Irrigation & Wartime Camps Museum, Tatura

Collection of memories of Reg Mould. Childhood in Shepparton,. Tally Ho Boys Home, working in railways, war service. In green A4 display book with 12 plastic sleeves.

Historical information

Life history of Reg Mould and his family from 1925 - 1995, including descriptions of travel in Australia.

A4 Display Book - family history - Pretty and Anderson Families

Tatura Irrigation & Wartime Camps Museum, Tatura

Green A4 display book with 17 plastic sleeves containing photos and newspaper clippings of Pretty and Anderson families.

Historical information

Early photographs of Tatura, Butcher's shop, houses in Hogan, Casey, Kerford Streets. Copies of weddings and obituaries

A4 Display Book - Family History - Smith & Hurren Family Reunion

Tatura Irrigation & Wartime Camps Museum, Tatura

Red A4 display book containing 2 copies of The Smith & Hurren Family Reunion.

Historical information

Contains genealogical information on Smith and Hurren families, former Tatura residents, for family reunion 6-7 May 2000, Tatura. Includes timeline 1836-1954. 2 copies.

Aerial Photograph

Tatura Irrigation & Wartime Camps Museum, Tatura

Enlarged aerial photo of Tatura township taken by J. Underwood (Kyabram) in January 1959. Photo framed with glass front.

Inscriptions & Markings

Tatura Jan 1959. Arthur J. Underwood Photographer Tel. Kyabram 629

AFL Record - Olympic Torch Relay

Tatura Irrigation & Wartime Camps Museum, Tatura

AFL Record featuring Barassi. 5 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.

A folder - Memorial to HMAS Sydney Geraldton Western Australia,

Tatura Irrigation & Wartime Camps Museum, Tatura

A folder containing descriptions and history of the memorial at Geraldton W.A. Also A4 sized photos of various aspects of the memorial.

Significance

history of the memorial dedicated to HMAS Sydney. at Geraldton WA

Air Horns

Tatura Irrigation & Wartime Camps Museum, Tatura

Two air horns staged on a metal frame with tubes attached for fitting to air compressor.

Historical information

This was used as a siren in Tatura during WW2 to alert locals to the escape of POW's or for any other war time emergency. It was attached to the front of Groom & Beckwith's garage in Hogan Street.

Album

Tatura Irrigation & Wartime Camps Museum, Tatura

Hard cover, beige with navy blue cloth trim and spine. Leaves held together with white cord threaded through 3 holes.

Historical information

Acquied from German Red Cross, Christmas 1942

Album - Photos My Boy

Tatura Irrigation & Wartime Camps Museum, Tatura

Brown cardboard striped light and dark cord threaded through 2 holes at end

Historical information

Nothing known but would have been used for photographs of Servicmen in WW2 by their families. Never been used

Album - British Boys at Presbyterian RTF

Tatura Irrigation & Wartime Camps Museum, Tatura

Photographalbum showing life at Dhurringile Mansion, when used as Rural Training Farm

Historical information

Photos of Dhuyrringile boys, belonging to "Sandy" Graham (Now Dec) presented by his Daughter Isa Hicks

Inscriptions & Markings

British boys at Presbyterian Rurla Training fram, Dhurringile Manson. Photos from "Sandy" Graham's Album

Album - Tatura Museum

Tatura Irrigation & Wartime Camps Museum, Tatura

Plasticised cover, white with red, green, blue, yellow bands 3 cm diagionally front and back

Historical information

Photos of Tatura Historical Society trips to Hay and Cowra

Album - Photo - Die Nibelungen-Besprechung

Tatura Irrigation & Wartime Camps Museum, Tatura

Album containing coloured photographs placed in pockets or sleeves. Outer cover: White,pink & grey stripes-Roman numerals signify page numbering in original document

Historical information

Individual photographs of a handmade illestrated booklet by Adolf Wilke. Text illustrations done by Hans Wolter Von Gruenewaldt at Camp 13 Murchison

Album - Photo

Tatura Irrigation & Wartime Camps Museum, Tatura

Photograph album containing photos of murals painted by POW Hans Von Gruengoldt

Historical information

Original murals were painted onto the walls of Camp13 Garrison recreation hall during WW2. When war ended the hut was sold to Murchison RSL and moved into the town.

Album - Photo - Camp 3

Tatura Irrigation & Wartime Camps Museum, Tatura

Beige coloured photograph album with orangy/red cover with cord of same colour. Contains black pages for mounting photographs

Historical information

Made by internee at Camp 3

Album - Photo

Tatura Irrigation & Wartime Camps Museum, Tatura

Silver and black photo album, flower logo.

Historical information

Very early photographs of construction of Goulburn Weir, Waranga Basin and channels. Post card of Waranga Basin Quarry

Album - Photograph - Tatura Museum

Tatura Irrigation & Wartime Camps Museum, Tatura

light brown, 2 rectangular gold stripes on front cover. 1st photograph (colour) of Museum

Inscriptions & Markings

VAGUE

Album - Photograph - P. Hampton

Tatura Irrigation & Wartime Camps Museum, Tatura

plastic photograph album coloured waterway scene, barges, houses on bank.

Historical information

Given to M. Normington by A. Hampton (brother of P. Hampton) for Tatura Museum. Includes post cards sent from France to his family. Photograph of his grave in France.

Album - Photographs

Tatura Irrigation & Wartime Camps Museum, Tatura

Photograph album of copy of collegium taturense booklet No.7. Black & white illustrations and type anniversay & history of school at the camps

Historical information

Complied in Camp 4 by Dunera Faculty members to substantiate the academic standard of their school. 20 copies were made.

Album - Photographs - Tatura Museum

Tatura Irrigation & Wartime Camps Museum, Tatura

Plastic covered album. Front and back cover of rural scene. Blue sky clouds, green pastures, yellow crop. Index inside front cover.

Historical information

Album of photos of Tatura Historical Society and Museum, dismantling exterior buildings, first meeting, museum opening 1988, trip to Dhurringile Mansion and stables complex, street stall, working bees and dismantling old railway station

Appreciation Plaque

Tatura Irrigation & Wartime Camps Museum, Tatura

Brass plaque on a wooden backing.

Historical information

Presented to Dr Hodson. Appreciation of Dr David Hodson, Tatura.

Inscriptions & Markings

To Dr David Hodson - In appreciation of his many years of service to the Tatura and District community. 1994

Apron

Tatura Irrigation & Wartime Camps Museum, Tatura

Apron, beige cotton floral bodice, pockets, edging and ties (two beige, two floral ties).

Historical information

Made by internee in Camp 3. Using floral material from an old dress.

Architect plans - Tatura Methodist Church

Tatura Irrigation & Wartime Camps Museum, Tatura

1 of 2 copies (L3264) of complete architects plans and specifications for extensions to Tatura Methodist Church building, 1964.

Historical information

Methodist Church was built and opened on present site (Uniting) in 1959. These extensions completed the building as it now stands.

Architect plans - Tatura Methodist Church

Tatura Irrigation & Wartime Camps Museum, Tatura

1 of 2 copies (L3263) of complete architects plans and specifications for extensions to Tatura Methodist Church building, 1964.

Historical information

Methodist Church was built and opened on present site (Uniting) in 1959. These extensions completed the building as it now stands.

Archival Box - Tatura Milk

Tatura Irrigation & Wartime Camps Museum, Tatura

Blue archival box

Historical information

Collection of material relating to Tatura Milk Industries and Sno Brand

Archival Box - Scouts & Guides

Tatura Irrigation & Wartime Camps Museum, Tatura

Grey and black archival box

Historical information

Scout and Guide memorabilia .Scouting - Shepparton 1922-1982 - 2 copies -Including Index for family historians prepared 1993|The Boy Scout and His Law - Albert Hampton|Roving to Success - Albert Hampton|Scouting for Boys - Albert Hampton|Spare Time at Activities - Albert Hampton|Boy Scout Tests and How to Pass Them - Albert Hampton|The Bush Boys' Book -Albert Hampton|The Boy Scout Knot Book - Albert Hampton|First Aid in Colours|Hiking Jamboree - 1935 signed by Baden Powell|The Bushman's Companion - Albert Hampton|Brownie Badges - No.5|The Hackney Scout Song Book - Albert Hampton|Tatura Scouts and Guides 1961|Folder Maver Family Scout and Guide Memorabillia|Official Programe HF Fleming Tatura Scout Complex 1983|Invitation to Opening of Tatura Scout Complex 1983| Offical Programe Scout Rally - Stanhope 1935|Offical Programe Scout Rally - Kyabram 1933|Booklet - Australian Corroboree Menus - 1936|Souvenir Issue - Victorian Scout - 1931|Folder - 1st Tatura Venturer 1977 by Tania Pike|Pocket - Recollection of Tatura Scouts in the 1930's written by James Crawford in 1997|Photos and Newspapers cuttings from 1931 onwards|Jamboree Daily - Frankston Dec. 28th 1934 - Jan 5th 1935|The Corroboree Advertising - Belair South Australia Dec 28th 1935 - Jan 2nd 1937. Editions 1,2,3,4,5,6.|Red and White Van - 1st Tatura Venturers|Photo 27/11/1987 from Taura Bulletin of 4 cubs invested into scouts. Rhyss Popple, Andrew Hepworth, Nathan Fennell & Chò Whyte|Tatura