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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

Duty pass - Royal Visit 1954

Tatura Irrigation & Wartime Camps Museum, Tatura

Mid blue card with black print on front. Reverse has been hand - written with bearers details. Stamped and signed by official.

Historical information

Pass needed to enter Tatura Railway station, Royal Visit 1954

Inscriptions & Markings

Royal Visit 1954. Mr Kevin Patrick Harford , Junior Postal Officer is entitled to enter Tatura Railway station on 5th March 1954.

Certificate of Appreciation

Tatura Irrigation & Wartime Camps Museum, Tatura

A decorative certificate of Appreciation presented to W.M Culkin. Signed and sealed by President N.Doonan, Councillor R Ponting, and W T Martin, Secretary of the Shire of Rodney.

Historical information

Presented to W.M Culkin in appreciation of his service in the Armed Forces in W.W.2

Photos

Tatura Irrigation & Wartime Camps Museum, Tatura

photos of Junior Deb set C1958 - one photo of girls and the second of boys.

Historical information

Girls: Anne - Maree Mactier, Josephine O'Toole, Jane McKenzie, Margaret Lally, Barbara Dowell, Judith Mitchell, Bev Rollinson, Suzanne Cummins, Meridith Cheatley. Front: Pauline O'Toole, John Deane, Angela Ioranni, Carol Rollinson. Boys: I. Richardson, Kevin Lally, R.Cheatley, D Van Every, Peter Francis, Gerald Mulcahy, Peter Harnetty, Ian Thomas, Michael Wilson, Ross Stammers, Peter Steen, Terry Fletcher.

Inscriptions & Markings

Junior Deb set. Girls were on stage standing in boxes (meant to be dolls). Boys came along, bowed, and the dolls came alive.

DVD - Reinhold Eckfield

Tatura Irrigation & Wartime Camps Museum, Tatura

A digitised copy of Reinhold Eckfeld's talk to the Scout group - "Vienna to England" and "Dunera to Melbourne". 8 pages. Has the DVD with it.

Historical information

This is an original copy of Reinhold Eckfeld's record of his experiences.

DVD - Reinhold Eckfeld's record of his W.W.2 experiences as a Jewish refugee.in England and Australia. "From Venice to Australia" and "Dunera to Australia".

Tatura Irrigation & Wartime Camps Museum, Tatura

D.V.D - R

Historical information

Reinhold Eckfeld's record of experiences as a Jewish refugee in England to Australia.

Inscriptions & Markings

Reinhold Eckfeld. May 19, 2015."Vienna to England" and "Dunera to Melbourne

crocheted purse

Tatura Irrigation & Wartime Camps Museum, Tatura

Crocheted purse (handbag) with thin handle attached across the top. Originally blue in colour but faded to grey in front. Navy blue toggle as a clasp.

Historical information

Made by Josef "Walter" Thiele, a Dunera boy. Made as a gift for his wife in the U.K.

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.

Paperback Book - Chronik der Kriegsgefangennen Deutschen Offiziere in Australien Vom 23/8/1941 - 21/11/1947

Tatura Irrigation & Wartime Camps Museum, Tatura

cardboard cover, mustard colour, 20 plus A4 pages. Ink sketches throughout book. This copy is written in German

Historical information

This copy was written by Lieut Hans Folter, who was captured Jan 22nd, 1941 at Solum near Tobruk North Africa with Major Helmut Bertram. They were co authors, who were subsequently sent to Australia on the "Queen Elizabeth" and held prisoners of war at Dhurringile P.O.W Camp for German Officers, 1941 - 1947. This book describes life in P.O.W camp - recollections and sketches.

Significance

Descriptions, recollections and sketches of life in P.O.W camp - Dhurringile. Donated by the daughter of Hans Folter

Sketch - Lieutenant James Sullivan

Tatura Irrigation & Wartime Camps Museum, Tatura

2 copies of sketch of Lieutenant James Sullivan by Liang Hou Y in 1944.

Historical information

Sketch done by internee Liang Hou Y of Lieutenant James Sullivan camp 4 army garrison.

Photograph - Francis SPROAT

Tatura Irrigation & Wartime Camps Museum, Tatura

Black and white photograph (copy) of Francis Sproat on a A4 sheet of paper in plastic sleeve.

Historical information

Black and white photograph (copy) of Francis Sproat who was a warden at number 4 internment camp.

Folio - Corporal John M McGlade

Tatura Irrigation & Wartime Camps Museum, Tatura

1 A4 sheet of typed paper in plastic sleeve with a sepia photograph of John.

Historical information

The story of Corporal John Matthew McGlade through WW1 and WW2. Also donated one Disney Pig playing flute(C7990) and a ship in a bottle (C7989). These were made by an Italian POW for Corporal McGlade.

Puppet - Princess puppet

Tatura Irrigation & Wartime Camps Museum, Tatura

Paper mache head & arms hand painted pink. Small paper crown on top of white painted hair. White fabric dress with metallic gold trim in front on sleeves. A high collar attached to dress made of white fabric covering leather for stiffness. Blue cotton coat with gold trim. Wooden legs covered in calico with blue painted high heel shoes, with white heels.

Historical information

The puppets were made by German POW's in camp 13 and sent to internment camp 3 as gifts for the children at Christmas time.

Puppet - Man with moustache

Tatura Irrigation & Wartime Camps Museum, Tatura

Cotton head of man with large nose, pointed chin and moustache. Hand painted blue eyes. Moustache and eye brows made with cotton thread. Magenta tie stitched to neck. Bottle green felt jacket with magenta trim. Leather hands attached to sleeves. Light brown skirt attached to jacket. leather ears on head.

Historical information

The puppets were made by German POW's in camp 13 and sent to internment camp 3 as gifts for the children at Christmas time.

Puppet - Red lady puppet

Tatura Irrigation & Wartime Camps Museum, Tatura

paper mache head ,face painted with water colours, pink headscarf held down with tacks, a red dress with long sleeves. No body or arms/legs.

Historical information

The puppets were made by German POW's in camp 13 and sent to internment camp 3 as gifts for the children at Christmas time.

Puppet - Green Lady Puppet

Tatura Irrigation & Wartime Camps Museum, Tatura

paper mache head ,face painted with water colours, brown headscarf over white hair, green dress with long sleeves. No body or arms/legs.

Historical information

The puppets were made by German POW's in camp 13 and sent to internment camp 3 as gifts for the children at Christmas time.

Puppet - Judy

Tatura Irrigation & Wartime Camps Museum, Tatura

paper mache head and arms, no body. Long dark blue material trousers under the dress. At end of material legs are small paper wooden legs and black shoes intact. Judy has a colourful dress with yellow apron. Dress has many different pieces of patterns.

Historical information

The puppets were made by German POW's in camp 13 and sent to internment camp 3 as gifts for the children at Christmas time.

Puppet - Skull

Tatura Irrigation & Wartime Camps Museum, Tatura

Paper mache head in shape of a skull - painted grey with black eyes, nose and white mouth. Wearing a dark brown "bush" hat.

Historical information

The puppets were made by German POW's in camp 13 and sent to internment camp 3 as gifts for the children at Christmas time.

Puppet - Man with Checked cap

Tatura Irrigation & Wartime Camps Museum, Tatura

Paper mache head hand painted brown with black hair and beard. Bright blue painted eyes. Black and white check hat. Brown fabric body with purple and white striped tie. Attached with tacks to wooden head support.

Historical information

The puppets were made by German POW's in camp 13 and sent to internment camp 3 as gifts for the children at Christmas time.

Puppet - The Devil

Tatura Irrigation & Wartime Camps Museum, Tatura

Paper mache head and hands and 1 wooden boot covered with brown leather. 1 wooden leg carved as a hoof. Head painted red with white eyes and teeth trimmed in black. dressed in maroon trousers and cot with red and gold trimmings. Black felt collar

Historical information

The puppets were made by German POW's in camp 13 and sent to internment camp 3 as gifts for the children at Christmas time.

Puppet - The Scribe

Tatura Irrigation & Wartime Camps Museum, Tatura

Hand painted orange paper mache head with goatie beard, blue eyes and white eyebrows. Wearing a long black and white dress with a grey collar and cuffs over a cream with little red flower skirt which is trimmed in grey. Legs are cream material with wooden feet. Hands are wood. Hair is white with bald head.

Historical information

The puppets were made by German POW's in camp 13 and sent to internment camp 3 as gifts for the children at Christmas time.

Puppet - The Policeman, key ring and sword

Tatura Irrigation & Wartime Camps Museum, Tatura

Hand painted light pink paper mache head with goatie beard, black eyes and eyebrows. His Wearing a black top hat and has black short hair and side burns. There are no body parts. His legs are just his trousers of checked tweed. His shirt is navy blue with high neck with white trim and 6 gold tacks securing head to body. Sleeves are long with white cuffs. Hands are brown paper mache. He has a wooden knife and a wooden key.

Historical information

The puppets were made by German POW's in camp 13 and sent to internment camp 3 as gifts for the children at Christmas time.

Puppet - The Jester

Tatura Irrigation & Wartime Camps Museum, Tatura

Hand painted fawn brown paper mache head with red lips and open mouth, green protruding eyes with red outline and big eye sockets. His Wearing a red pointed hat and matching red and gold and fur trimmed coat. There are no body parts. His legs are material with wooden fur boots and stubs for arms.

Historical information

The puppets were made by German POW's in camp 13 and sent to internment camp 3 as gifts for the children at Christmas time.

Puppet - The Judge

Tatura Irrigation & Wartime Camps Museum, Tatura

Hand painted brown paper mache head with red lips, blue eyes and black eyebrows. Has white judge wig with small round green hat. He has a white frilled neck ruff and wearing a black cape with high stand up collar. There is no body parts.

Historical information

The puppets were made by German POW's in camp 13 and sent to internment camp 3 as gifts for the children at Christmas time.

Puppet - Kasper (Punch)

Tatura Irrigation & Wartime Camps Museum, Tatura

Hand painted brown paper mache head with red lips, blue eyes and black eyebrows. Wearing a blue and white check hat and matching top over a green and red top, skirt and trousers. Long sleeves have a white trim. He has a white frilled neck ruff. The legs are only material at top with wooden boots painted black. There is no body parts. He is wearing a loose leather belt.

Historical information

The puppets were made by German POW's in camp 13 and sent to internment camp 3 as gifts for the children at Christmas time.

Puppet - Crocodile Hand puppet

Tatura Irrigation & Wartime Camps Museum, Tatura

Hand painted green paper mache head. Teeth and inside of jaw painted red with red fabric lining at back of jaw. Black painted eyes. The body is of green fabric, hand stitched to leather which is tacked to the crocodiles head.

Historical information

The puppets were made by German POW's in camp 13 and sent to internment camp 3 as gifts for the children at Christmas time.

B/W Photograph - Monte Punshon, (third from left) . with the Morse Code girls.

Tatura Irrigation & Wartime Camps Museum, Tatura

Historical information

B/W photo of nine women enjoying their music with their leader Monte Punshon (third from left) . These women were called the Morse Code Girls. Photo taken in 1943

Book - One hundred years of Love and Learning

Tatura Irrigation & Wartime Camps Museum, Tatura

Yellow, soft cardboard cover of children in front of the Sacred Heart school, 2000

Historical information

Published for the Centenary of Sacred Heart School Tatura 1900 - 2000. Also included is the Mass Booklet.

Inscriptions & Markings

The Centenary of the Sisters of Mercy and Catholic Education at Sacred Heart School & St. Mary's College Tatura 1900 - 2000

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.

Photograph - copy - photograph - Tatura State School Grade three 1958, Casey Street Tatura

Tatura Irrigation & Wartime Camps Museum, Tatura

Black & white photograph of grade three pupils at State School No 1441Tatura, C1958.

Historical information

Grade three pupils, Tatura State School No.1958 C.1958

Inscriptions & Markings

Back left: Graeme Opie, Peter Longmeer, David Chivers, Geoff Taylor, Tony Telford, Trevor Miles, Steve Gilfoil, Bobby Parsons, Russell Potter. Second row: Shirley O'Sullivan, Sue Whitten, Denisee Armstrong, Jenny Hughes, Glenda Childs, Heather Caird, Joy Young, Catherine Stewart, Adrian Robbins, Barry Trevaskis. Third row : unknown, Margaret Taylor, Dorothy Sands, Thelma Matheson, Marilyn Day, Sheree Sargent, Alison Laws, Marion Langley, Robyn Dowell, Christine Moore, David McCracken. Bottom row left: George Apostle, Bruce Knee, Gary Whyte, Ronnie Connors, John Butcher, Graeme Payten, Peter Warburton, Fred Roberts.

Sandstone Rock

Tatura Irrigation & Wartime Camps Museum, Tatura

Piece of sandstone which has a, 1940, a map of Australia, a Rosella and the word Tatura carved into it.

Historical information

This rock was found by a Year 3 boy, Beanie Cockram-Russell, in the Dhurringile Primary School garden bed.

Inscriptions & Markings

Australia, Rosella and Tatura