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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 white 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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5306 items

5306 items

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

Pastel Portrait - A portrait of Friedrich Goldschmied

Tatura Irrigation & Wartime Camps Museum, Tatura

This is a pastel portrait of Friedrich Goldschmied by Robert Hoffman.

Historical information

This pastel portrait by Robert Hoffman is of Friedrich Goldschmied. He was born in a Polish village on 28/05/ 1912, then part of the Austro - nHungarian empire, but lived for the early part of his life in Vienna. By 1938/39 he and his stepfather, as Jews,fled across Europe and somehow ended up in England by 1940. His Mother, who refused to believe the danger,sadly ended in one of the camps. In England he was interned as an enemy alien on the Isle of Man. Refusing to join the Pioneer Corps he was a passenger on the notorious Dunera. I am sure you know this nasty bit of history and remained in the camp in Tatura, as far as I know, until returning to England in 1947.As you see from the portrait it was drawn in 1941 by Robert Hoffman, also an internee in Tatura.He married in 11/02/1954 and died in 29/10/1978.His wife died last year.

Significance

This portrait was drawn by Robert Hoffman, in camp 2 at Tatura. Lurline Knee is responsible for writing the history of this artist and Friedrich Goldschmied.

Multi ringed folder - My Wartime Years 1940 - 1945

Tatura Irrigation & Wartime Camps Museum, Tatura

Black folder with multi rings on side. 43 pages of printed A4 pages.

Historical information

Giorgio Enricoscola, aged 23 years wrote this story telling of his life during the war years, 1940 - 1945. He was an "Arandora Star" survivor, and sent to Australia on the "Dunera."

Inscriptions & Markings

My War- Time Years 1940 - 1945. Giorgio, Enricoscola aged, at that time, 23 years. Typed from the original handwritten copy by Maureen Howell, April1991, Lower Earley

Army cap - Australian Army Officer's cap.

Tatura Irrigation & Wartime Camps Museum, Tatura

Australian Army Officer's khaki wool barathea peaked hat with brown leather chin strap, with 'Rising Sun" cap badge.

Historical information

Worn by Warrant Officer Jim Trevaskis from Tatura, during W.W.2

Doll - Bride doll Bisque

Tatura Irrigation & Wartime Camps Museum, Tatura

Bride doll has blonde hair, brown moveable eyes and riveted arms and legs. Tuille dress and veil with some sequins and fabric shoes.

Historical information

Given to Mildred Clapp in 1917 when she was 6 years old. The clothes were made by her Mother who died soon after.

Binder - Tatura Music and ArtsClub 1951 - 1960

Tatura Irrigation & Wartime Camps Museum, Tatura

Multi ring file containing receipts and expenditure for the Tatura Music and Arts Club. Includes accounts and receipts from local businesses. Secretary's report June 1956.

Historical information

receipts and expenditure records from the Tatura Music and Arts Club and local businesses.

Booklet - HMAS Sydney 11 Gone but never forgotten

Tatura Irrigation & Wartime Camps Museum, Tatura

Glossy booklet with a painting of HMAS Sydney 11 by Darrell Write

Historical information

Produced for Geraldton Voluntary Tour Guides as a tribute to the office and crew of HMAS Sydney 11

Booklet - HMAS Sydney 11 Gone but never forgotten

Tatura Irrigation & Wartime Camps Museum, Tatura

Glossy booklet with a painting of HMAS Sydney 11 by Darrell Write

Historical information

Produced for Geraldton Voluntary Tour Guides as a tribute to the office and crew of HMAS Sydney 11

Booklet - The Church of England High School, Tatura Prospectus

Tatura Irrigation & Wartime Camps Museum, Tatura

Small booklet with soft cover in olive colouring and gold print. Contains printed sheets describing what the new school would look like, its aims, etc.

Historical information

The book describes the aims and methods of the school, a list of council and staff, curriculum, fees and boarding arrangements for girls and boys. A sketch of the proposed new school and photograph of pupils are included in the book.

Inscriptions & Markings

Hand writing on cover in blue ink says "please return Jas A Reilly"

Book - Greater Shepparton - a creative city

Tatura Irrigation & Wartime Camps Museum, Tatura

A4 size paperback book with a photograph of Shepparton Street art mural of Pastor Sir Douglas Nicholls and William Cooper. Back cover features a photograph of author Anne McCamish on blue background. 34 pages.

Historical information

This publication was produced to promote Greater Shepparton as a nationally creative and cultural city. Contains artwork from Tatura.

Book - Captured Lives

Tatura Irrigation & Wartime Camps Museum, Tatura

Soft covered book. Front cover has 6 photos of internees with their id numbers. In middle is title. Authors name at bottom. Spine is brown coloured with title, author and photo of internee. Back cover has two photos, Group of adults and children and a soldier with gun and five men with hands in air. 266 pages

Historical information

Story of the internees and pow's behind the barbed wire veil that was drawn around people deemed threats to Australia's security.

Inscriptions & Markings

Captured Lives Australia's Wartime Internment Camps

Book - The Doctor, The Captain, The Poet and Others

Tatura Irrigation & Wartime Camps Museum, Tatura

Black and white cover featuring the Goulburn River and portraits of Doctor McMillan, Captain John Murchison and Orion Horne over and early plan of Murchison Township

Historical information

This book was printed to commemorate the 150th Anniversary of the survey, naming of the town and sale of land at Murchison.

DVD - E. Simoni Italian P.O.W Escape

Tatura Irrigation & Wartime Camps Museum, Tatura

Clear DVD case with white disc

Historical information

Recording of ABC TV production in 1980 about escaped Italian POW from Camp 13

Inscriptions & Markings

ABC 1980

Folder

Tatura Irrigation & Wartime Camps Museum, Tatura

Clear front red folder containing documents in sheet protectors relating to Joachim Stahr's internment. Contains: Form of Application for Residence Order for Detention of Enemy Alien Report on Internees Internees - Service and Casualty Form Medical Examination Mobilization Attestation Form Service and Casualty Form Employment Company Form Determination of Demobilization Priority Application for Admission of Relative or Friend to Australia Report on Internee Internee - Service and Casualty Form Email correspondence

Historical information

Forms regarding Joachim Stahr, an internee aboard the Dunera.

Photographs of Tatura - two photos and one concertina pictorial folder.

Tatura Irrigation & Wartime Camps Museum, Tatura

Photo of Patricia and Gwen Clawes, daughters of Charles George Gordon who was a journalist at the local paper, circa 1925. On the back of the small photo folder showing pictures of street scenes in Tatura, is written "From the Anderson family".

cut out plywood figures - Guarding Australia

Tatura Irrigation & Wartime Camps Museum, Tatura

Cut out plywood subjects - two of our Garrison guards with guns, standing on cut out map of Australia. Borders and capital cities are marked. Guard tower and barracks are in the background. Two coloured photos of cut out map are included.

Historical information

Karl Streker cut out the map of Australia using a razor blade.

Inscriptions & Markings

All state borders and capital cities are marked on map.

2 Presentation watches from Rosella, 2 Unilever brooches, 4 Rosella brooches

Tatura Irrigation & Wartime Camps Museum, Tatura

2 Rosella watches in blue velvet pouches,with trademark Rosella printed each pouch. 2 x metal Unilever brooches denoting 25 years of service and 4 x metal Rosella bird brooches.

Booklet - Our Liverpool Boys

Tatura Irrigation & Wartime Camps Museum, Tatura

Light olive cardboard cover with black printing "Our Liverpool Boys" on cover. Photo on cover shows six Liverpool boys titled "at ease at Liverpool Military Camp".33 pages. black & white/ sepia photos of the Liverpool Boys

Historical information

This publication presents the stories of soldiers who were born or bred in Liverpool and who have a strong connection with Liverpool.

Significance

This edition was supported by the Australian Government's Anzac Centenary Arts and Culture Fund,the Liverpool City Council & My Library Liverpool.`

Inscriptions & Markings

Messages. from Mayor of Liverpool Ned Mannoun, Sue Dredge, Heritage Collections Curator and Julie Senior, Family History Officer. Sepia photo of Liverpool Army Camp from the station courtesy of Liverpool Heritage Collection

Booklet - Our Liverpool Boys

Tatura Irrigation & Wartime Camps Museum, Tatura

Light olive cardboard cover with black printing "Our Liverpool Boys" on cover. Photo on cover shows six Liverpool boys titled "at ease at Liverpool Military Camp".33 pages. black & white/ sepia photos of the Liverpool Boys

Historical information

This publication presents the stories of soldiers who were born or bred in Liverpool and who have a strong connection with Liverpool.

Significance

This edition was supported by the Australian Government's Anzac Centenary Arts and Culture Fund,the Liverpool City Council & My Library Liverpool.`

Inscriptions & Markings

Messages. from Mayor of Liverpool Ned Mannoun, Sue Dredge, Heritage Collections Curator and Julie Senior, Family History Officer. Sepia photo of Liverpool Army Camp from the station courtesy of Liverpool Heritage Collection

Newspaper Article - Aussie on the run ... from Churchill

Tatura Irrigation & Wartime Camps Museum, Tatura

Old Newspaper article of the Sunday Herald Sun

Historical information

Page 105 of the Sunday Herald Sun dated June 5, 1994. Tells the story of Tatura local Joe Ford who was a 28 year old RAAF Flight Sergeant shot down by the Luftwaffe in France in 1994.

Article - Dr Leonhard Adam: An Anthropologist Arrives

Tatura Irrigation & Wartime Camps Museum, Tatura

Printed article inside burgundy folder

Historical information

Article written about Dr. Leonhard Adam, a Dunera Boy interned in Tatura, detailing his life.

Painting - Water Colour - Fryers Street Primary School

Tatura Irrigation & Wartime Camps Museum, Tatura

Timber framed watercolour painting of Fryers Street Primary School

Historical information

The artist Be Colechin was born in Tatura. Not limited to just painting, Be is also a writer, music composer, playwright and has worked and acted in various reportory companies for 15 years.

Painting - Water Colour - Furphy's Foundry

Tatura Irrigation & Wartime Camps Museum, Tatura

Timber framed watercolour painting of Furphy's Foundry

Historical information

The artist Be Colechin was born in Tatura. Not limited to just painting, Be is also a writer, music composer, playwright and has worked and acted in various reportory companies for 15 years.

Painting - Water Colour - Darvenzia's "Exelsior" Winery

Tatura Irrigation & Wartime Camps Museum, Tatura

Timber framed watercolour painting of Darvenzia's "Exelsior" Winery

Historical information

The artist Be Colechin was born in Tatura. Not limited to just painting, Be is also a writer, music composer, playwright and has worked and acted in various reportory companies for 15 years.

Painting - Water Colour - Shepparton Post Office

Tatura Irrigation & Wartime Camps Museum, Tatura

Timber framed watercolour painting of old Shepparton Post Office

Historical information

The artist Be Colechin was born in Tatura. Not limited to just painting, Be is also a writer, music composer, playwright and has worked and acted in various reportory companies for 15 years.

Autograph Book

Tatura Irrigation & Wartime Camps Museum, Tatura

fawn coloured autograph book filled with German poetry

Historical information

Autograph book of poetry gifted to internee Marianne Kirsch upon leaving Camp 3. Marianne has translated 2 of the poems into English for display at the Tatura Museum's Wartime Camps Collection.

Inscriptions & Markings

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