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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

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Photograph

Key words

kurt friedrich
george campbell
camp 13 murchison victoria
murchison victoria
pow's
camp guards

Photograph ex POW Camp 13 Murchison taken post war. Kurt Friedrich and his wife in Germany.

Historical information

Kurt Friedrich, ex POW Camp 13 Murchison Victoria sent original photo to George Campbell, ex guard Camp 13 after his wedding. Post WW2.

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Photograph - Lions Club personel

Historical information

Lions Club personal- ? ; Ted McCracken.

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Army Service Ribbons

Key words

australian army nursing service
sister kathleen heaphy
28 camp hospital internment camp 1
army service ribbons

Metal L bar with pin. Navy, red, light blue, green, yellow coloured ribbons.

Historical information

Issued to Sister Kathleen Heaphy of Australian Army Nursing service. Sister Heaphy was attached, for part of her service, to 28 Camp Hospital Internment camp 1.

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Badges

Key words

australian army nursing service
sister kathleen heaphy
28 camp hospital internment camp 1
brass badges

5 identical brass badges depicting the words "Australia" with a split pin on the back for attachment to a garment. Shoulder badges (epalettes)

Historical information

Issued to Sister Kathleen Heaphy of Australian Army Nursing service. Sister Heaphy was attached, for part of her service, to 28 Camp Hospital Internment camp 1.

Inscriptions & Markings

Australia

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Book - Haida und Tsimshian

Key words

haida und tsimshian
adam l
adam murvitz mc
camp 2
tatura
books
history
local

Green hardcover book with gold writing on the front and spine.

Historical information

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

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Mugs - Tin

Key words

mug
panikin
hoefer family
camp 3
tatura
ww2 camp 3
domestic
food
drink
consumption

3 tin mugs with two pieces of thin wire to form a folding handle

Historical information

Army supply at Camp 3

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Folder - Irrigation Structures

Key words

irrigation
documents
reports
books
history
local
rural
industry

Grey plastic cover, black spine. Title label inside

Historical information

Photos of Waranga Basin outlet. Construction of new Torrumbarry Weir 1997 and newspaper report of Hume Dam and other Rural Water information.

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Book with black / white photos and sketches - Mounted Police of Victoria & Tasmania

Key words

mounted police - victoria - history

Hard Covered Book with dust cover of Mounted Police out on patrol.

Historical information

A history of heroism and duty since 1837 of Mounted Police of Victoria & Tasmania.

Significance

A history of heroism and duty since 1837 of Mounted Police of Victoria & Tasmania

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Scarf

Square scarf with wide green border depicting street scene with buildings and port area with 11 ports. KOBE on one of the buildings, Japanese writing on another building.

Inscriptions & Markings

KOBE Japanese writing

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Photograph

Key words

pow
internment camp
sewage treatment
murchison, victoria
camp 13

Camp 13, Camp Road, Murchison, Victoria. Sewage treatment plant.

Historical information

Sewage treatment pond, camp 13, Murchison. German, Italian, Japanese POW's held here between 1941 - 1946.

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Photograph - Dhurringile P.O.W. Camp Garrison Officers c.1943

Key words

photograph
people

Historical information

Dhurringile P.O.W. Camp Garrison Officers c.1943.|50th. Australian Garrison Co.|Lieut Stanley Cocking; Maj. Wm. Ruthven. V.C.; Maj. R.A.Gordon (Commandant), Capt. "Bonnie" Mason; Bill Strong ?.

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Book - Under Suspicion

Key words

under suspicion
beaumont j
o"brien im
trinca

Olive green soft cover book with picture of Masuko Murakami on the cover. Pink and white text

Historical information

Citizenship and Internment in Australia during the WW2. Two copies (C8299)

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Photograph

Key words

graytown orchestra
pow orchestras
internee orchestras
karl will
heinz homann
ernst gowert
walter brauer
fritz engelmann
siegfried frossel
ernst hennig
franz dahms
wilhelm elmecher
kurt meder

Black and white photograph of Graytown camp orchestra formed from Kormoran Crew. Back row: Karl Will, trumpet; Heinz Homann, Trumpet; Ernst Gowert, clarinet and sax; Walter Brauer, accordion. Front row: Fritz Engelmann, violin; Siegfried Frossel, flute an clarinet; Ernst Hennig, clarinet (replacing for Wilhelm Elmecher); Franz Dahms, saxophone; kurt Meder, drums; ? pianist. Werner Menzel, leader.

Historical information

Graytown Orchestra made up from Kormoran crew.

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Photograph - Len MacDonald c1980s

Key words

tatura
shops
mcdonald l
locals
costume
male

Len MacDonald, c1980s, with fruit and vegetables.

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Book - Shepparton Shire Reflections

Key words

shepparton shire
ford t
wallace s
tatura
goulburn valley
books
history
local

Cream cover, oval framed photo of Sheparton scene from air and small plane. 1879-1979

Historical information

Written for centenary of Shepparton 1879- 1979. Includes early history of Shire, Furphy family, Aborigines, Squatters, Settlers, Transport, Industries and Fruitgrowing

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Book - Autobiography - Detained by the Enemy, 1942-1945.

Key words

documents
reports
bill anderson
australian army
australian army personnel

Burgundy hard covered book with printed title in gold, containing photocopied handwritten material and printed material.Two photos and descriptions of the author, and his record of his Army Service. 1 - Bill Anderson aged 20 years and 10 months (May 1941); 2 - Bill Anderson aged 66 years and 10 months (May 1987). Service record. These items inside front cover of book.

Historical information

Personal history written by Bill Anderson of his experiences in the Australian Army in WW2. He volunteered at the age of 18 years after Japan entered the war, as an Ally to Germany and Italy, the aggressors. Taken prisoner by the Japanese and held in camps in Malaya and Singapore, enduring previously untold horrors at the hands of the Japanese captors. Written for his grandchildren to read and perhaps understand.

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Recorder

Key words

recorder
frank r
doster h
vollmer h
camp 3
tatura
ww2 camp 3
musical
instruments
wind

Handmade wooden recorder

Historical information

Made by internees at Camp 3, Tatura. The material was selected from firewood. Erich Bulach tuned the recorder to a perfect pitch

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Book - Diaries 1940 - 1942 Peter Karl Loewensberg

Blue hard cover, title printed in gold lettering. High gloss pages

Historical information

WW 2 diaries describing Peter's internment in the UK and "Dunera", his arrival in Australia and internment in Hay. Translated by Louise Kulbrick.

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Shaving Set

Key words

enamel mug
shaving set
camp life
internees

Grey enamel mug. Brush with wooden handle bound with twine. Black hairs.

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Book - The Story of the Beilharz Family

Key words

beilharz
sauer p
camp 3
tatura
ww2 camp 3
books
history
local

Beige hard cover book. Gold text front cover and along the spine. Yellow dust cover with map of Germany on the front cover and Palestine on the back cover

Historical information

The story of a family of Black Forest farmers and trades people, from the 15th to the 20th Century in Germany, Palestine and Australia

Inscriptions & Markings

Presented to this Museum by Mr. HW Beilharz, Bellvue Hill, NSW 1989

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Booklet - Brennessel

Key words

brennessel
stinging nettle
behind barbed wire
internment camp newspapers

No 10 7.Dec.41. Booklet of loose leaves with sketch on front cover of sketch of prancing horse at gates, barbed wire fencing. Contains typed articles, advertisements, sketches, written in German. 12 pages.

Historical information

Produced fortnightly by internees at camp 1, Tatura as a newspaper or periodical of camp 1 events. Contributions from internees. Title translates as "Stinging Nettle" with "Behind Barbed Wire" written below that title.

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Photograph. - Jim Stewart

Historical information

Jim Stewart, Solicitor and Presbyterian Minister. c.1925 to c.2002

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Booklet - Courage to Care

Key words

courage to care
raoul wallenberg unit
jewish museum
camp 3
tatura
ww2
books
history
local

Beige coloured soft cover booklet. Shadow photo of people rounded up in Holocust

Historical information

Booklet written to accompany an exhibition shown a a number of major Australian Capital cities and regional centres including : Jewish Museum of Australia, Melbourne. In Adelaide by B'nai B'rith and the Jewish Community

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Binder - Tat Milk Products Ltd.

Key words

tat milk products ltd
tatura
dairying
documents
history
local
rural
industry

Maroon vinyl raised pattern on front. Ring binder

Historical information

Includes early photos, articles on J Ford and visitors to factory

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Book - Solving the mystery

Cardboard cover, yellow, with green printing. 48 pages. Pages stapled together

Historical information

The birth of Catholicism in Tatura

Inscriptions & Markings

Inside cover - "Presented to Tatura and District Historical Society by Mrs J Forster, 22/08/84"

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Photograph

Key words

camp 13,
pow
murchison victoria
german pow's
internment camps

Camp 13, Murchison, Victoria. Fence posts with concrete remains of kitchen and shower block beyond. German compound. Note: bare earth foreground, few eucalyptus.

Historical information

Camp 13 held German, Italian and Japanese POW's between 1941-1946. Has since reverted to grazing land. Owner Jim Finnegan of Murchison.

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Wooden serviette rings

Silver ring with rectangular opal.

Historical information

Small ring made by internee in Camp 3.

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Ashtray

Key words

tatura
personal
effects
smoking
accessory

Handmade wooden aswhtray/ ornament with carved figure of a man standing hand on hip.Removeable match box holder, packet of redhead matches. Ashtray base in shape of boat, separate insert/ ashtray of handbeaten copper. All items attached to rectangular base.

Historical information

Made by "Dunera Boy" Kurt Lewinski during WW2 in Camp2

Inscriptions & Markings

K. Lewinski Camp 2 Tatura 1941

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Book - Those Were the Days

Key words

those were the days
west r
ford t
aborigines
tatura
shepparton city
books
history
local

Pale blue hard cover, old letters. Pink and brown dust jacket. Title in black on yellow square. Author's name in black on yellow strip

Historical information

To record a history of Shepparton & District from early aborigines to discovery and naming of Goulburn River. Early explorers and settlers. R West was Town Clerk 1927-1960

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Medal - service - Military

Key words

australian war medals

One military medal - Australian Service Medal

Historical information

Medals recognizing WW2 service. Given to local returned serviceman.

Inscriptions & Markings

King George V1 GRT V1

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