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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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5304 items

5304 items

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

gewidmet vom präsidium des deutschen roten kreuzes

Booklet - As I Remember The Loveday Internment Camps

Tatura Irrigation & Wartime Camps Museum, Tatura

Yellow soft covered booklet with green printing- 43 pages. Description of the Loveday Internment Camps in WW2, their layouts and operations within the camps.

Historical information

Collected at the Book Launch at the 70th Anniversary of the arrival of the first internees to Camp 9, Loveday.

Coins

Tatura Irrigation & Wartime Camps Museum, Tatura

8 coins from Japanese occupied territories during World War 2.

Historical information

Coins collected by Staff Sergeant H. Cubbin.

Booklet - The Life Story of Yasukichi Murakami

Tatura Irrigation & Wartime Camps Museum, Tatura

A4 size booklet with blue cover featuring photographs which the author sent to his Mother. Text in Japanese. Two pages of translation.

Historical information

The life story of Yasukichi Murakami (1880 - 1944), a Japanese migrant from Wakayama to Australia, as seen through the photographs he sent to his Mother. includes referencesto Tatura Camp 4.

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.

Book - Enemies within these shores

Tatura Irrigation & Wartime Camps Museum, Tatura

Paperback book with railway track and tall plants in the foreground. Hills in the background with Australian Penny and another symbol overlayed

Historical information

A novel based on the true story of the author's father-in-law, Luigi Terranova, a cane farmer from Queensland who migrated from Sicily in 1922. He was interned in Loveday Camp in South Australia upon his arrest in January 1944.

Inscriptions & Markings

If you have any stories about the family camps at Tatura, I'd love to hear from you. Debbie Terranova

Wallet

Tatura Irrigation & Wartime Camps Museum, Tatura

Khaki woollen wallet. Decorative top stitching on outside. One inside pocket has small cut-out star with blue lining.The other side has a pocket with decorative zig-zag edging.

Historical information

This wallet belonged to Staff Sergeant Herbert Cubbin, Camp Guard.

Tatura Militia Badge x 1

Tatura Irrigation & Wartime Camps Museum, Tatura

Tatura militia badge. Blue trim and writing.White base. Soldier in brown uniform

Inscriptions & Markings

Tatura Militia Welfare League

Book - Fabrications

Tatura Irrigation & Wartime Camps Museum, Tatura

White front cover with map. Pink and white spine and back cover

Historical information

Information about Prisoner of War and Internment Camp architecture and geography in the Pacific Carceral Archipelago

Inscriptions & Markings

The Journal of the Society of Architectural Historians, Australia and New Zealand. In and Across the Pacific

Small booklet - Australian Aboriginal Words and Place Names and their meanings , compiled by J.Endacott.

Tatura Irrigation & Wartime Camps Museum, Tatura

Peach coloured cardboard cover, with dark red printing. 2 x Spears and boomerang on cover. Small paperback booklet.

Historical information

A choice of 3,000 pleasant sounding words from which to choose an appropriate Australian name.

Inscriptions & Markings

A choice of 3,000 pleasant-sounding words from which to choose an appropriate Australian name.

Paper bag - Max's licensed Foodland Tatura

Tatura Irrigation & Wartime Camps Museum, Tatura

Paper bag from Max's Licensed Foodland Tatura. Full range of ales wines and spirits. Phone 24 1141. FREE DELIVERY

Sculptured Bust - Balinese Lady

Tatura Irrigation & Wartime Camps Museum, Tatura

White sculpture of Balinese Lady

Historical information

Tina Wentscher was born in Istanbul to Jewish Parents and grew up in Berlin. Lived in Indonesia 1931 - 1932 - 1933, China 1932 - 1933, Thailand 1935 - 1936, Singapore 1936 - 1937, Malaysia 1936 - 1940. Interned as an enemy alien in Tatura 1940 - 1942. Her works are represented at NGV, Canberra and McCelland Gallery, Langwarrin.

Bereavement Tribute

Tatura Irrigation & Wartime Camps Museum, Tatura

Hand-painted Calligraphic tribute for Mrs. John Dickson Love with black covers. Hand Painted border depicting fruit and scenery. Signed by members of the Goulburn Valley Agricultural, Horticultural and Pastoral Association.

Historical information

Presented to Mrs Love in sympathy on the death of her husband

Inscriptions & Markings

Mrs. John D Love. Tatura North August 6th 1892

Prints - Lager Skizzen

Tatura Irrigation & Wartime Camps Museum, Tatura

Brown paper folder with green print of camp guards overlooking camp. Inside are six woodcut prints of camp sketches.

Historical information

These items belonged to Wilhelm Eckels who was a wool buyer in Sydney when the war broke out. He was interned in Camp 1, aged 22. Another set of these prints has been donated, see C7968

Inscriptions & Markings

Internierungslager Tatura ~ Australien

Foolscap Folder - French Grammar

Tatura Irrigation & Wartime Camps Museum, Tatura

Manilla foolscap folder containing typed pages of French Grammar. The spine of the folder has been hand stitched. The owner's notes have been hand written throughout.

Historical information

This item was in the possession of Wilhelm Eckels an internee in Camp 1.

Inscriptions & Markings

French Grammar made up by Hans Luyken in Tatura 1942