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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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5336 items

5336 items

Five Black Buttons with "Bulldog " brand printed on the outside. There are also two silver studs which are used with these buttons

Tatura Irrigation & Wartime Camps Museum, Tatura

Five buttons, with "Bulldog " brand printed on the outside

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Tatura Irrigation & Wartime Camps Museum, Tatura

Australian RAAF buttons

Tatura Irrigation & Wartime Camps Museum, Tatura

Eight circular buttons with a crown and eagle on each one, with a shank on the back for attaching to uniform

Historical information

RAAF memorabilia W.W.2

Australian penny 1941

Tatura Irrigation & Wartime Camps Museum, Tatura

Australian penny1943

Tatura Irrigation & Wartime Camps Museum, Tatura

Australian half penny, 1943

Tatura Irrigation & Wartime Camps Museum, Tatura

Australian penny, 1932

Tatura Irrigation & Wartime Camps Museum, Tatura

Footstool

Tatura Irrigation & Wartime Camps Museum, Tatura

Wooden stool made from local timber. The top surface of the stool is made with inlaid wooden pieces to form a decorative pattern.

Historical information

This stool was made by a POW in camp 13 and was gifted to Mr Ron Baker, who delivered milk to the camp.

Documents - Camp 13 and Dhurringile Records

Tatura Irrigation & Wartime Camps Museum, Tatura

Contained in an Olympic sheet protector box are record cords of white with blue striped lines with information of some German POW internees held in Camp 13 and Dhurringile Mansion.

Historical information

3 bundles; 1 - information on some of the German POW's held at Camp 13 and/or Dhurringile Mansion; 2 - information on some of the Garrison personnel at Camp 13 and/or Dhurringile Mansion; 3 - diary of happenings at Camp 13 and/or Dhurringile Mansion over the course of 1941 - 1950; 2 typed pages of who was in Navy, Army or Air Force; a black and white photo of Gustav Pohlig in 1940; a letter to Mrs Poniewierski re visitors book. Signed by Acting Governor Smithwik; a typed page of birthdays of POW's; a typed page of Camp and Group Commandants; typed page of important dates;

Booklet "The Unusual Village" - Das Seltsame Dorf "The Unusual Village"

Tatura Irrigation & Wartime Camps Museum, Tatura

Handmade book with buff coloured front and back covers and lined pages inside. Held together with multi - coloured wool threaded through punched holes. Each page is handwritten in German and illustrated on each page. (Translation included). Child's sketch of the camp on the cover.

Historical information

Book written by nine year old Marianne Kirsch about everyday life in the Internment camp

Inscriptions & Markings

Das Seltsame Dorf ("The Unusual village")

Booklet - Private Selini Selino

Tatura Irrigation & Wartime Camps Museum, Tatura

6 X A4 pages of information with details of Private Sileno Silenis' 56949 war record.

Historical information

These pages have been copied from Volume 75 (part 3 ) from the National Archives of Australia - fact sheets nos 7 & 8

Significance

War records of Pte Sileno Sileni PWI 56949

Carving - Eagle & Swastika

Tatura Irrigation & Wartime Camps Museum, Tatura

Carving on local stone of an eagle & swastika. The word "Tatura" is carved on the bottom edge and '1940' above the eagle.

Historical information

Found at camp 13 Tatura

Inscriptions & Markings

1940 , Tatura

book - Five Stories by W.W.Jacobs

Tatura Irrigation & Wartime Camps Museum, Tatura

Small book with hard cover, covered with brown paper. The left side pages are in Dutch with English on the right side

Historical information

This book was provided to "Dunera" boy Werner Haarburger by International Student Services to help Internees learn English. He was most appreciative.

Significance

This book is a series of five stories in Dutch and English.

Inscriptions & Markings

Werner Haarburger, Tatura. November 1944

Book - Growing Up With The Trees. A Shepparton Story

Tatura Irrigation & Wartime Camps Museum, Tatura

Soft cover book, with colourful front cover, featuring a montage of family photographs. 169 pages with many B/W photos

Significance

Life on a farm in the Shepparton area

Book - Disturbance Camp 3

Tatura Irrigation & Wartime Camps Museum, Tatura

Black cover A 4 booklet containing photocopied pages.

Historical information

This book contains copies of the official Reports of the Disturbance camp 3.

Poster - POW and internment camps across Australia

Tatura Irrigation & Wartime Camps Museum, Tatura

1 laminated sheet of paper depicting POW and internment camps across Australia. 1939-1947. Is contained in a large white cylinder.

Historical information

Poster depicts scenes of the various internment camps around Australia, including camp layouts and geographic information. Mad as part of the project Temporal Cities led by Professor Anoma Pieris.

Document - Camp School Tatura 4, section C

Tatura Irrigation & Wartime Camps Museum, Tatura

1 cream coloured foolscap page of a timetable used in the camp school at Tatura, for the period beginning October 22. Type written.

Historical information

Timetable drawn up by the lecturers who were conducting a school at Tatura 4, section c. Lists the lecturers, what they were lecturing on and times of the day, Sunday to Friday, that the lecturers took place.

Folder - biography - Andrew Crawford 1887-1974

Tatura Irrigation & Wartime Camps Museum, Tatura

Black covered multi ring folder containing 32 plastic sleeves with typed information.

Historical information

The story of Andrew Crawford covering his time in the army life before the war, his role in the war, the 8th Light Horse regiment, covering many of the battles he was engaged in, his promotions through the ranks, and life after the war. Includes many graphic photographs and maps. In the back is a copy of a letter he send his mother in September 1918.

Warship - Japanese warship

Tatura Irrigation & Wartime Camps Museum, Tatura

Handmade wooden model on a stand. Japanese inscription in front of warship as well as "Tatura Australia" below Japanese inscription both standing on this stand beside the warship.

Historical information

Given to Corporal Taylor, a guard at camp 4 in appreciation of his treatment

Inscriptions & Markings

As in the physical description, with inscriptions on stand.

Model - Broom Pearling Lugger - Tatura No 6

Tatura Irrigation & Wartime Camps Museum, Tatura

Wooden hull painted white with bottle green trim. Brown coloured sails (2 large, 3 jib). Fine thread connecting sails and the wooden rungs of the ladder. The words "Tatura No. 6" painted on both sides of the bow and on the stern. Painted in black paint. A black triangular flag on top of mast. Sitting on a wooden stand.

Historical information

Given as a gift to Corporal Taylor, a former guard in Camp 4 in appreciation of his treatment.

Inscriptions & Markings

Tatura No. 6

Badge - Peronne 1918 - 2018

Tatura Irrigation & Wartime Camps Museum, Tatura

Circle - pin on badge. White with red white blue writing

Historical information

Centenery of Battle of Peronne, given to Tony when he attended the service. Tony is a great nephew of Robert Mactier VC

Inscriptions & Markings

100 1st et Septembre 2018 Peronne 1918 - 2018

2 x Ice cream tins

Tatura Irrigation & Wartime Camps Museum, Tatura

2 tins of Streets Vanilla ice cream, half gallon tins, made of metal

Inscriptions & Markings

Decorative markings of winter snow on sides and bowls of icecream on front of each tin. Made by Streets,Australia

Metal kitchen safe

Tatura Irrigation & Wartime Camps Museum, Tatura

Australian perforated and painted metal kitchen meat safe. Painted green on top with cream sides. One shelf inside.

Book - In God We Trust English edition

Tatura Irrigation & Wartime Camps Museum, Tatura

Brown, soft covered book with photo of man and woman on front. English edition.

Historical information

Letters written, 1942-1944 by Ewald Steiniger, while interned, to and from his wife Annemarie Steiniger. Ewald was a Lutheran Pastor in East Melbourne when he was arrested and spent time in Loveday Camp South Australia and Camp 1, Tatura.

Significance

Letters, written in German, relate Ewald's experiences while interned.

Inscriptions & Markings

"For Tatura Museum with good wishes Anne Steiniger;Dieter Steiniger (children of Ewald Steiniger) Oct. 2015". ISBN 978-00646-94026-7

Booklet - Mass of Thanksgiving Centenary of the Arrival of the Sisters of Mercy and Catholic Education in Tatura 1900 - 2000

Tatura Irrigation & Wartime Camps Museum, Tatura

Light yellow booklet with photo of Tatura convent on cover. 14 pages with b/w sketches throughout.

Significance

Mass of Thanksgiving

Jew's harp

Tatura Irrigation & Wartime Camps Museum, Tatura

Small metal harp

Historical information

Made by a camp 13 POW and given to Private Alan Cunningham, V17394, a guard at camp 13

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 and document - Reinhold Eckfield

Tatura Irrigation & Wartime Camps Museum, Tatura

A DVD of Reinhold Eckfeld's talk to the Scout group - "Vienna to England" and "Dunera to Melbourne". Also a 8 page document of his life, life in Austria as a young boy, getting to England at out break of war and his internment. Contained in folder with "E" on spine.

Historical information

This is an original copy of Reinhold Eckfeld's talk to the Scouts, a record of his experiences. A 8 page document is with it.

Inscriptions & Markings

Reinhold Eckfeld May 19 2015 Vienna to England Dunera to Melbourne