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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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5337 items

5337 items

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Dress - Puppet

Key words

puppets
dress
hesse dr s
beinssen
camp 3
tatura
ww@ camp 3
performing
arts
puppetry

Green brocade dress with yellow lace embroidered with red sequins. Shawl like collar. Red imitation stone at the centre front. Cardboard hands at end of sleeves. Gathered at neck

Historical information

Part of a collection of dresses from puppets on loan from Beinssen family

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Sketches - copies - sketches by Eugen Graf Mansdorf

Key words

eugen graf masdorf
internment camp sketches
internee artists
loveday camp
basra camp persia

Copies of sketches by Eugen Graf Mansdorf, Basra Camp Persia and Loveday South Australia. Red back clear plastic folder.

Historical information

Probably drawn during his journeys and internment during WW2.Most sketches titled, dated and the temperature noted on one: Basra 30 September 1941 42 degrees C at noon.

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Folder - Dhurringile Mansion History

Key words

dhurringile mansion
books
history
local
newspapers
maps

Blue cover, title on spine

Historical information

Includes history of Dhurringile mansion, layout of Rehabilitation Centre, Dhurringile woolshed, map of Toolamba West, newspaper articles of Dhurringile Boys' Home Reunion, Photo of stained glass windows

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Small booklet - Photographs - 38 colour photos taken by Niela Laws

Key words

dunera,

Historical information

Scenes of visit to Hay NSW by Tatura Historical society members. Local photos include Heritage centre, Hay Railway station, Royal Mail hotel,and Hay Goal museum. There is also a "Dunera" Internees plaque, erected for the 50th Anniversary by the Hay Shire Council.- to mark the arrival from England of 1.984 refugees on the "Dunera" Many joined the AMF on their release from internment and made Australia their homeland.There is also a plaque to commemorate the existence of a POW camp at Hay. The plaque is on a fountain at the Hay racecourse

Significance

Tatura and District Historical society trip to Peppin Heritage centre May 1st 1993. Included in the visit was the Hay Intenment camp and local scenes.

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Photograph - Railway Station

Key words

photograph
people

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Photograph - Tatura Bowling Club

Historical information

Tatura Bowling Club construction of greens, 1904

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Photograph

Key words

camp 1
tatura victoria
camp goals
camp building remains

Coloured photograph. Red brick building in foreground. To left of building there is a wooden door. Two other doorways, no doors, flat roof.

Historical information

The building is the remains of the goal at Camp 1.

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Book - Great Goals

Key words

premierships
gooks
history
local

Book created to mark the centenary of GV Football League 1894-1994. Gives history of all the clubs

Historical information

Produced to mark the occasion of the centenary. Holds photographs of teams and associated citizens

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Model - Shed

Key words

shed
model
cookers
firewood
streker l
camp 3
tatura
ww2 camp 3
handcrafts
models

Handmade model of a shed (open on one side) 4 cookers inside and 2 outside. Skillion roof. Firewood.

Historical information

Made by former internee of Camp 3

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Photograph - copy

Key words

internees
pow's
loveday camp
internee camps south australia
pow transportation

Black and white photograph. Train extended full width of the photograph. Several men "guards" standing in the foreground.

Historical information

This was a train that brought internees and POW's to the Loveday Camps at Barmera South Australia. The train and guards are preparing to depart, south of Barmera.

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Photo album

Key words

m. normington
fred colliver
egypt
middle east

Plastic album with pockets containing black and white photos of the Middle East.

Historical information

Photos brought back after WW2 of scenes of Middle East, before WW2 by Fred (Mac) Colliver, given to his neice, M. Normington.

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Programme - Byrneside School

Key words

education
documents
programme

Souvenier programme 1876-1976 to mark centenary of school

Historical information

Compiled to celebraate the school centenary giving teaches, committees and detailing buildings

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Overcoat

Key words

overcoat
internees
tatura

Internee issue overcoat, dyed from the original burgundy to dark brown after the armistice. Box pleat at back, belt with 3 buttons and 2 pockets with flaps.

Historical information

Issued to internee.

Inscriptions & Markings

OL

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Photograph - Ardmona Cricket Club History - The Premiership Years

Key words

armona cricket club

2 of 6 photographs of Ardmona Cricket Club. A4 46 page history of Ardmona Cricket Club Premiership years 1959/60, 1960/61, 1961/62. Photocopies of items from local papers and players details. See also L0711-L0718 for photographs, reunion and CD of reunion etc.

Historical information

History of Ardmona Cricket Club premiership years.

Inscriptions & Markings

Ardmona Sport 1950-60's. History of Ardmona.

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Photograph

Sepia photo mounted on photographer's board.

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Photograph - Reilly's Flour Mill

Key words

tatura
buildings
historic

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

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Photograph - camp 1, Carl Max Assman

Key words

camp 1
carl max assman
photograph
people

Historical information

camp 1, Carl Max Assman

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Knife - table

Key words

knife
hoefer family
camp 3
tatura
ww2 camp 3
domestic
cutlery

Stainless steel table knife

Historical information

Used by Internees at Camp 3

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Photograph - Presbyterian Church

Key words

tatura
buildings
historic
religion
christian

Presbyterian Church, Hogan Street Tatura.

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Folio - Australian Archives Material collected by B.Winter.

Key words

documents
reports

Blue two ring folder with printed material in plastic folders.

Historical information

Research material donated by Barbara Winter.

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Jacket - military

Key words

uniform
murchison
camp 13

Australian Military Forces issue jacket. Dyed burgundy and issued to P.O.Ws. Four patch type pockets on the front. Eleven AMF buttons, one brown button. Pleat at the back and band around waist. Two tabs on the shoulders.

Historical information

Issued to P.O.W at Camp 13 Murchison

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Painting - Watercolour - Internment Camp

Key words

camp 2
tatura group
dunera
illustrations
watercolours

Water colour painting of camp compound with building trees and fencing. Black frame with thin gold stripe.

Historical information

Painted while interned by one of the "Dunera" internees. Water colour painting by Fred Lowernstein aka Lowen,while interned. Painting of Internment Camp in the Tatura Group possibly Camp 2.

Inscriptions & Markings

f.l. Tatura 28.7.42

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Document - Austrian Jewish refugees - Singapore

A clear plastic folder with a black margin with a white paper insert, on which is written "Memorabilia from Austrian Jewish refugees interned in Singapore and camp 3 1940'. The heading of the text is "Press release- reluctant passengers on the Queen Mary" and concludes Authorised by Eva de Jong - Duldig

Historical information

An outstanding collection of memorabilia of Karl Duldig, Ludwig Mielich, Helmut Seefeld and all those who arrived in Australia on the Queen Mary 26th September 1940

Inscriptions & Markings

As above

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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 - Pat Kerrins c1970s

Key words

tatura
locals
kerrins p
costume
male

Pat Kerrins c1970s.

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Memo Book

Key words

memo book
bissinger g
camp 3
tatura
ww2
books

Soft covered memo book, sapled with pencil entries. Rusted needle and thread secured to front cover. Front cover design : "Memo book", ink pot and quill

Historical information

Property of internee at camp 3, Tatura and used there for memo-type entries

Inscriptions & Markings

Karl Wied 1943 Tatura

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Booklet - From Chock and Log to Rolltop

Key words

toolamba families
books
history
local
school
educational

Soft cover booklet, cream coloured, brown writing

Historical information

Compiled by former students, Pearl Craven, James Crawford, Linda Stephenson, Brian Williams

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Sketch - Lieutenant James Sullivan

Key words

lieutenant james sullivan
liang hou y
army garrison officers
camp 4 internment camp

2 copies of sketch of Lieutenant James Sullivan by Liang Hou Y in 1944.

Historical information

Sketch done by internee Liang Hou Y of Lieutenant James Sullivan camp 4 army garrison.

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Photograph - Fire Brigade -1939 Ballarat Demonstration Drill Contest

Key words

photography
photograph
slides
film

1939 Ballarat Demonstration Drill Contest.First in "C" Category. Back Row: T. Hogan, T Hunter, M Cussen, L Mitchell. Front Row. E Lockwood, W Day, M Pritchard, M Hogan and E Mitchell.

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Document - Captain Detmer's book

Historical information

Cover and extracts from Captain Detmer's book on HSK "Kormoran", including inscription from Ursula Detmers,

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