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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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5331 items

5331 items

Photograph - Gowrie Park Homestead

Tatura Irrigation & Wartime Camps Museum, Tatura

"Gowrie Park" homestead built by early settler George Stewart; Features David Russell and family posing on verandah, and cockatoo.

Photograph - Tatura Bush Nursing Hospital c1940s

Tatura Irrigation & Wartime Camps Museum, Tatura

Tatura Bush Nursing Hosptial c1940s. Features Dr Lyle Andrews and three female staff, including two nurses.

Photograph - Tatura Free Press

Tatura Irrigation & Wartime Camps Museum, Tatura

John Stephen Hill came to Tatura in 1912 and became Manager of the Tatura Free Press in 1916. He died in 1953 having being very involved in community affairs throughout his life in Tatura.|Photo features two men posing in front of the Free Press, with a bicycle in the background.

Photograph - Tatura Bird's Eye

Tatura Irrigation & Wartime Camps Museum, Tatura

Bird's eye view of Tatura; features Criterion Hotel, Hogan Street, Hogan Street Railway Crossing, Horse-drawn cart, fences.

Photograph - Unveiling of Mechanics Institute Plaque

Tatura Irrigation & Wartime Camps Museum, Tatura

Mr Eddie Mitchell (right) President of Tatura Mechanics Institute, with Mr Arch Wilson (centre) and Mr Bill Ponting (left), at the unveiling of the memorial plaque honouring John Dixon Love and the Love family. Plaque is situated between Mechanics Institute and Victory Hall.

Photograph - Rodney Shire Councillors 1906

Tatura Irrigation & Wartime Camps Museum, Tatura

Headshots of the councillors and officers of the Shire of Rodney; 30th of April 1906; presented by the President Cr. John Gilford, J.P.

Photograph - Colliver's Milk Bar 1950

Tatura Irrigation & Wartime Camps Museum, Tatura

Colliver's Milk Bar Hogan Street 1950; Operated by Colliver Family from 1947 to 1983.

Photograph - Ross' Store c1874

Tatura Irrigation & Wartime Camps Museum, Tatura

Ross' Store c1874, Ross Street; East side, south of Hogan Street. Features two women posing on verandah.

Photograph - Hogan Street West

Tatura Irrigation & Wartime Camps Museum, Tatura

Hogan street looking west; features Criterion Hotel, horse-drawn cart, motor vehicles

Photograph - Early Hogan Street

Tatura Irrigation & Wartime Camps Museum, Tatura

Early Hogan Street, with Post Office and Criterion Hotel in view

Photograph - Early Hogan Street

Tatura Irrigation & Wartime Camps Museum, Tatura

Early Hogan Street looking East towards Court House; with horse drawn cart; lamppost

Photograph - Reddie Saddler

Tatura Irrigation & Wartime Camps Museum, Tatura

Sepia photograph of Reddie Saddler. Photograph is on a fawn coloured board.

Historical information

Wal Reddie Saddler, South side of Hogan Street, East of Ross Street. Features Wal Reddie and youth posing in front of shop, another employee at far right, with men standing behind and two young girls aside. Features saddles hanging in front of shop.

Inscriptions & Markings

about 1900. T. Hunter and another signature.

Photograph - Hogan's Commercial Hotel and Cash Drapery

Tatura Irrigation & Wartime Camps Museum, Tatura

Thomas Hogan's Commercial Hotel and Cash Drapery Store on the South West corner of Ross and Hogan Streets. Features a number of townspeople posing, men, women, workers, and children; three horse drawn buggies. 2 photographs. Original in colour on board; copy black and white.

Photograph - Victoria Hotel

Tatura Irrigation & Wartime Camps Museum, Tatura

Victoria Hotel with three vintage cars parked out the front; Penfolds sign hanging from balcony.

Photograph - Bazeley's Victoria Hotel 1899

Tatura Irrigation & Wartime Camps Museum, Tatura

Bazeley's Victoria Hotel 1899, Hogan Street. Features two women posing on balcony; horse trough; streetlamp attached to hotel.

Photograph - Commercial Bank of Australia

Tatura Irrigation & Wartime Camps Museum, Tatura

Features R-L: Commercial Bank of Australia, C. Mitchell Newsagency, Charles Brady Draper. East end of Hogan Street. Features a girl child crossing the street; womand and child at newsagent's shopfront.

Photograph - First Commercial Bank

Tatura Irrigation & Wartime Camps Museum, Tatura

First Commercial Bank opened in 1887, with the First Printing Office at the rear.

Photograph - Heaphy's Whim-Inn Hotel

Tatura Irrigation & Wartime Camps Museum, Tatura

Heaphy's Whim-Inn Hotel; South West corner of Hogan Street and Dhurringile Road. Features a variety of patrons outside hotel; two horse-drawn buggies.

Photograph - Ross Street Water Tower

Tatura Irrigation & Wartime Camps Museum, Tatura

Second Water Tower under construction, Ross Street, 91 feet high, 80000 gallon capacity. Official opening April 1912. The first reinforced concrete tower of its type in Australia.

Photograph - Reilly's Flour Mill

Tatura Irrigation & Wartime Camps Museum, Tatura

Reilly's Flour Mill, corner Kerferd and Albert Streets.

Photograph - Post and Telegraph Office c1895

Tatura Irrigation & Wartime Camps Museum, Tatura

Tatura post and telegraph office, Ross Street c1895. Men out front.

Photograph - Criterion Hotel c1885

Tatura Irrigation & Wartime Camps Museum, Tatura

Bazeley's Criterion Hotel, c1885.

Photograph - Criterion Hotel c1914

Tatura Irrigation & Wartime Camps Museum, Tatura

Criterion Hotel c1914, Hogan Street. Features men, women, youth on pony; Horse-drawn buggy.

Photograph - Thomas Hogan Residence

Tatura Irrigation & Wartime Camps Museum, Tatura

Home of Thomas Hogan, north side of Hogan Street, east of Ross Street. Residents posing on verandah.

Photograph - Commercial Hotel c1900

Tatura Irrigation & Wartime Camps Museum, Tatura

Sepia photograph on thin card. Commercial Hotel c1900; features horse-drawn buggy; men; streetlamps

Inscriptions & Markings

T. Hunter Tatura

Photograph - Railway Station c1880

Tatura Irrigation & Wartime Camps Museum, Tatura

Railway station and goods yards, c1880

Photograph - Methodist Church Harvest Festival

Tatura Irrigation & Wartime Camps Museum, Tatura

Early Methodist Church Harvest Thanksgiving, Kerferd Street; adjoining rear of Anglican Church c1900

Photograph - Flanagan's Store 1912

Tatura Irrigation & Wartime Camps Museum, Tatura

Flanagan's Store; South east corner of Hogan and Ross Streets, 1912. Features horse-drawn cart, men and boys.

Photograph - Railway Station c1910

Tatura Irrigation & Wartime Camps Museum, Tatura

Tatura Railway Station c1910, with steam engine approaching, people waiting on platform; advertising signs on platform

Photograph - Tatura Convent

Tatura Irrigation & Wartime Camps Museum, Tatura

Tatura Convent, Hogan Street, built in 1900.