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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 49 Hogan Street 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

Location

49 Hogan Street 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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5324 items

5324 items

Jewel Box

Key words

camp 13
murchison
prisoner of war camps
handcarving

Wooden handmade jewel box and lid with inlay. Has bone studs on each corner of the base held with screws. Box and lid lined with green cloth.

Historical information

Made by P.O.W at Camp 13 Murchison for "Soda" Martin

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Photograph - copy - Royal Couple 1954

Key words

royal visit 1954
queen elizaebeth 2

Black and white photograph of Royal couple at Tatura Station 1954

Historical information

Copy of photograph of Queen Elizabeth 2 and Duke of Edinburgh about to leave Tatura Station after replying to address of welcome. Dignitaries in background include Councillors, families and friends, Shire President Mr Brewer.

Inscriptions & Markings

on back: Royal visit 1954

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Template - shoe sole

Key words

template - shoemaking
bissinger g
wied k & n
camp 3
tatura
ww2
trades
shoemaking

Cardboard template for shoesole.

Historical information

Made by internee at Camp 3. Part of set of tools and templates used in the making of leather bags, handbags and shoes

Inscriptions & Markings

Karl Wied|Holzschuhe

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Book - Escape to Death

Key words

cowra breakout
japanese pow's
hugh clarke
camp 13

Paperback account of Cowra breakout by Japanese POW's 1944.

Historical information

Purchased by T & D Historical Society.

Inscriptions & Markings

Escape to Death

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Photograph - Dhurringile POW Camp Prisoners

Key words

photograph
people

Historical information

Group photo taken early 1941 Dhurringile POW Camp Prisoners|Lt. Gerhard Rahm.|Lt. Fritz Krampe.|Lt. Albrecht.

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CD - Bill Elmecker Interview 2008

Key words

bill elmecker
hmas sydney
hsk kormoran

White disc with blue text. Also original cardboard CD cover.

Historical information

Bill Elmecker interview on ABC Goulburn Murray Regional Radio. 18.3.08. after the finding of the wrecks of HMAS Sydney and HSK Kormoran (German Raider) off the west Australian coast out from Shark Bay. Bill is the only known survivor of the Kormoran still living in Australia.

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Folio - Camps Reports.

Key words

documents
reports

Black two ring folder with printed material in plastic sleeves.

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Folio - HSK "Kormoran"

Key words

documents
reports

Black two ring folder with photographs and paper articles in plastic sleeves.

Historical information

Material donated by various.

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Sewing Machine

Historical information

Machine owned previously by Mrs Clare French. Bough by Mrs Bev McMahon at Stephen as Both's clearing sale 1975 (son-in-law).

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Video - Memories of former Warden to the Camp 4

Historical information

Memories of former Warden to the Camp 4 Japanese families, Monte Punshon.

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Certificate - Framed

Key words

certificate
mitchell
m
bentleigh
soldiers comforts league
tatura
ww1
documents
certificates

Brown wooden frame containing certificate awarded Private R.A. Mitchell

Historical information

"On Active Service" certificate "In Loving Memory" of Private Robert Mitchell, son of Charles and Catherine Mitchell of Tatura, who enlisted at Bentleigh, Vic. during WW1. The certificate was from Bentleigh Soldiers Comforts League.

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Folio - Tatura & District Historical Society

Key words

documents
reports

Photo collecton relating to subjects including displays of Vagarini Art

Historical information

Collection of photographs relating to Museum plus newspaper cuttings

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Photograph - Dr McCarthy

Key words

dr mccarthy
health officers
tatura coursing club

black and white photograph of Dr McCarthy in horse and gig.

Historical information

Copied by Dean Clark. Photograph of Dr H. McCarthy one of the earliest doctors in Tatura. 1884-1907. He was local health officer in 1904 and president of the Tatura Coursing Club about the same time.

Inscriptions & Markings

on back: Dr McCarthy

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Photograph - Uniting Church Tatura

Black and white photograph of Uniting Church of Tatura, exterior.

Historical information

Uniting Church of Tatura was built in 1960

Inscriptions & Markings

on back: Uniting Church of Tatura Thomson Street Tatura 1987

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Programme - Light Music

Key words

programme
light music
adam l
adam murvitz mc
camp 2
tatura
ww2 camp 2
documents
programmes

One sheet of programme for a concert held at Tatura on 15 July 1941. A cleft symbol with 5 music lines in a curve across the upper part of the programme

Historical information

Dr. Leonhard Adam studied both anthropology and jurisdiction as a young man

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Tin

Key words

galvanised iron
tin
internee
camp 3

Almost square tin container made of galvanized iron with lid. Corners riveted.

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Book - text - Schmeil Grundrisz Der Pflanzenkunde

Key words

plants
botanist
camp 3
internee
professor dr d schmeil

A book in German language which appears to describe plants, possibly weeds. Useful to a botanist. It has pages of coloured illustrations. Written in 1926 in Leipzig.

Inscriptions & Markings

Presented to Karl Wied on 27 November 1946

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Dolls tea pot warmer

Key words

tea warmer
colls
bulach v
camp 3
tatura
ww2 camp 3
toys
doll
accessory

Red and white crocheted tea warmer. Red and white pompom

Historical information

Used by Internees at Camp 3

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Bag Filler Rammer

Key words

bag filler rammer
crawford's farm
agricultural equipment

Handmade galvanised iron (tin) pipe with funnel at top with lid used to ram extra grain into filled bags to top up weight.

Historical information

Used on Crawford's farm (Woodlands) to top up bags of cereal when harvested before sewing the bags up. Ramming the pipe into the bag forces extra grain down into the lower areas.

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Audio CD - Olle Hellston / HMAS Sydney

Key words

ole hellsten
finnish pow's
hmas sydney

Audio CD. Contains interview with Olle Hellsten (41 minutes) and audio on HMAS Sydney.

Historical information

Side a: Olle Hellsten, Finnish seaman and POW talk to T & D Historical Society 1994 (41 minutes) Side b: radio talk on HMAS Sydney, 24 minutes.

Inscriptions & Markings

Ole Hellston Finnish POW (side a) Radio HMAS Sydney (side b)

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Magazine - Wild Life

Key words

adolf wilke
my prison companions
camp 13 murchison
pow camps
australian nature magazine

Soft covered magazine stapled at spine, has black and white illustrations throughout. Front cover features red coloured flower heads (waratah). Title is also in red. Vol 8 no 6. Price 1/-.

Historical information

Australian nature magazine featuring articles written by POW Adolf Wilke about bearded lizards. Title of article "My Prison Companions" Adolf was a POW at Camp 13 Murchison.

Inscriptions & Markings

Miss Joan Graf, 25 Lothair Road, Londone N4 England Wilke

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Photographs - Copy - Arandora Star

Historical information

Two photos of HMT "Dunera" and one of the "Arandora Star", copied from magazine..

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Photograph - Mrs. Bunn & June Cohen (seated)

Historical information

Photo of Mrs. Bunn & June Cohen (seated)

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Photograph - German War Cemetery Entrance

Black and white photograph of the impressive entrance to the German War Cemetery Tatura

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Photograph

Key words

camp 4 clothing factory
japanese internees

Black and white photograph of clothing factory. Staff together with Wardens. Approx. 30 Japanese girls plus sewing machines.

Historical information

Japanese girls in sewing factory at Camp 4.

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Photograph - German POW's in Camp 13

Key words

photograph
people

Heinrich Mattis, Hitler Youth Leader, Plauen, Vogtl, Germany. Shot down over North Africa. Camp 13 1941-1947.

Historical information

German POWs in Camp 13, Matriculation Class.|Photo 1. Back:Willi Voss; Sigmar Weining; Lehrer Kurt Falk; Wellenreuther; Reinhold Baeumer.|Front: ? ; Heinrich Mattis; Paul Pfennig; Walter Wahlet; ? .|Photo 2. Heinrich Mattis, 1938.

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Photograph - Camp 3 School Girls

Key words

camp 3 school girls
camp education

Black and white photograph of approximately 25 school girls in front of a section of hut and gum trees. The 8 in front are kneeling. The number 845 is to the right of centre. The names are listed below: Back row: Frieda Bergmann, Margrit Wagner, Traude Vollmer, Helga Baldenhofer, Renate Steller, Magnalena Rubitschung, Eva Kotelmann, Lore Decker, Lotte Blaich, Luise Kuebler. Middle row: Frieda Fuchs, Gabrielle Drude, Helga Schnerring, Leni Weinmann, Rosemarie Weingold. Front row: Hannelore Dyck, Irene Wied, Gretel Weiss, Nelli Dreher, Inge Steller, Helga Palmer, Hilde Bergmann, Anne Scherle.

Historical information

Camp 3 school girls

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Folder - Recollections of Early Tatura 1856-1904

Key words

early tatura
documents
history

Yellow cover, white label, printing of contents

Historical information

Includes CW Wilson family recollections 1856-1904 and Tatura family and business locations and by WN Wilson 1879

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Milo Tin - Milo

1/2 pound Milo tin approx wartime vintage. No lid.

Inscriptions & Markings

Milo Nestle's Fortified Tonic Food (plus more info)

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Photograph - Tatura Guests at Government House

Key words

photograph
people

Historical information

Tatura Guests at Government House Garden Party, c. 1960

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