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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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5336 items

5336 items

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Booklet - Solving The Mystery

Key words

solving the mystery
catholicism in tatura
burton-clay father r
tatura
sacred heart church
books
history
local
religion

Gold cover, green writing. Survey map on back. Written to explain the first Catholic Church was built at Baldwinsville-Byrneside in 1878.

Historical information

Story of Tatura Catholic Church and Education. Early history of Tatura 1870's. Present church built in 1912

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Folio - List of HMAS Sydney & HSK. Kormoran Crews.

Key words

documents
reports

Black plastic folder with printed material in plastic sleeves.

Historical information

Collected and donated to Tatura Museum by Frank MacDonough.

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Photograph - original - Tatura Museum

Key words

tatura museum

Colour photograph of colour transfer window in Tatura Museum. 1988

Historical information

Photograph of window in Museum that looks like a stained glass window.

Inscriptions & Markings

on back: Museum window

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Folder - Official Opening of Tatura Post Office

A folded cardboard program produced for the opening of the new Tatura Post Office in 1969. Front show the new building and details of the program. Inside shows a photograph of the old building with historic notes and proceedings listed. Cream coloured card with black print.

Historical information

Notes inside give brief history of Post Offices in Tatura.

Inscriptions & Markings

Official Opening of the new Tatura Post Office

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Book - A Migrant's Story

Key words

migrants to australia

Soft covered glossy mainly black and white

Inscriptions & Markings

A Migrants Story

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Photograph - original - Dhurringile Stables 1990

Key words

dhurringile stables
dhurringile mansion

Colour photograph of north east wing of former stables, Dhurringile Mansion. Historical Society members cars in foreground. 1990

Historical information

Dhurringile Mansion was built in 1877. Also outbuildings, 3 wings around a large rectangle garden. A gracious arch passes through the east wing. North was occupied by Mr and Mrs J. Lowry, south was used for hay. Restoration has been carried out. Now used y prison officers.

Inscriptions & Markings

on back: stables Dhurringile 1990

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Booklet - The Vacreator

Key words

the vacreator
vacuum pasteuriser
lockwood e
tatura
dairy industry
books
history
local
rural
industry

Brown paper covered Instruction Book

Historical information

Manual for Vacuum Pasteuriser used at Tatura Milk Industries

Inscriptions & Markings

E A Lockwood, Tatura. 1950 (Inside first page)

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Photograph - Davey Funeral

Key words

funeral davey
photograph

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Template - shoe/bag making

Key words

camp 3
internee crafts
gisela wied
bag making

Buff coloured piece of card forming pattern for bag or shoe making

Historical information

Used by internees at Camp 3 Tatura .

Inscriptions & Markings

Nelly Wied

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Photograph - Hogan Street Tatura 1986

Key words

hogan street tatura

Black and white photograph of Hogan Street, Tatura, looking east. 1986.

Historical information

Photograph of Hogan Street, Tatura, looking east on a busy day. Lots of cars about. Shops and businesses include banks, bakery, newsagent, video shop and hotel.

Inscriptions & Markings

on back: Hogan Street scape looking east. Tatura 1986

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Photo album

Key words

sister beatrice moore
sister tootell
sister elliott
captain llewellyn
major scurry
manfred mueller

Sky blue photo album. Superimposed on front cover Camp 1 Tatura. Military and nursing staff - WW2 - 1942-43 - original photographs borrowed from Sister Beatrice Moore - Camp 4 commandant Major Scurry - Captain Hendy with Sisters Tootell and Elliott - 1942 - Captain Llewellyn on "Tony" and daughter Jacqueline on "Darkie" - Manfred Mueller POW artist.

Historical information

Military and nursing staff from Camp 4.

Inscriptions & Markings

WW2 internees POW's

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Photograph - copy - Bob Bird Chemist

Key words

bob bird
h. e. s. bird
trevor lapeyre
e. g. bird
jan lapeyre
marge bird
bird chemist shepparton

Copy of Original photograph of Mr Bob Bird Chemist. c 1930's. Original L0336

Historical information

Copy of Original photograph of Bob Bird, son of H. E. S. Bird, chemist Shepparton. Later had pharmacy in Hogan Street, Tatura (1933-1939) Trevor LaPeyre, who had learned pharmacy from H. E. S. Bird took over from E. G. Bird. Jan LaPeyre later married Marge Bird.

Inscriptions & Markings

on back: Bob Bird, son of H. E. S. Bird, chemist of Shepparton

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Photograph - Dhurringile POW Camp

Key words

list

Historical information

Dhurringile POW Camp, Garrison and POWs|Images 1 to 4- List of prisoners.|Images 5 to 6- Plan of Mansion.|Image 7- Description of Captain Van Seeden by his daughter.

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Button

Key words

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

round brass button with a metal shank. Crown and map of Australia and wording around the circumference. A split pin is through the shanks.

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

Australian Military Forces A crown and map of Australia K. C Luke Pty Ltd Melb

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Book - Wir Und Die Technik

Key words

german technical book
german red cross
camp 3
german internees

Soft covered red book in German with black and white pictures.

Historical information

Forwarded to German internees at Camp 3 by German Red Cross

Inscriptions & Markings

32.70 on label on front cover; Lager 3 Tatura inside.

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Photograph

Key words

singapore refugee
helmut seefeld
edith seefeld

Colour photo of Helmut and Edith Seefeld. Singapore group Camp 3D at the Tatura Museum 24 September 1991.

Historical information

Refugees from Singapore.

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Photo album - The Dirty Thirteen

Key words

the dirty thirteen
ern cassidy
ww2

Mottled black, grey, orange hard cover photo album with linen like material at one edge of RHCH cover. Loose pages and cover held together with dark brown cord.

Historical information

Collection of photos taken by Ern Cassidy during war service as a member of the dirty thirteen in WW2.

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Scarf

Key words

scarf
hoefer family
camp 3
tatura
ww2 camp 3
handcrafts
weaving
costume
accessory
clothes

Woven burgandy, yellow, green and light and darker blue woollen scarf, with tassels at each end

Historical information

Made and used by internees at Camp 3

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Insignia - Africa Korps

Key words

numismatics
badges

German Afrika Corp insignia (Eagle over swastika) North Africa WW2. Mounted on cellophane onto a black paper background

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Wall Bracket

Key words

wall bracket
camp 13

Rectangular 3 sided tin base has 2 lines of holes, 2 holes at the back to hand on a wall.

Historical information

Recovered from Camp 13 site in 1989

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Dagger

Key words

bruno weinmann
dagger

Small zinc dagger made from a melted toothpaste tube and cast into a mold. Housed in a 4 cm square plastic container with lid and sitting on yellow foam.

Historical information

Made by the brother of Bruno Weinmann. The camp children collected toothpaste tubes, melted them down and poured into moulds carved out of wood, sand and clay.

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Photograph - Captain Detmers

Key words

photograph
people

Historical information

Photo copied from W.A. Newspaper.Captain Detmers in his Hamburg garden shortly before his death,|Dhurringile P.O.W. Camp.|HSK Kormoran.

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Knife - table

Key words

department of defence cutlery
metal table knife

Silver coloured metal table knife.

Historical information

Issued by Department of Defence

Inscriptions & Markings

D ? ?

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Macrame Belt

Key words

tatura
handcrafts
weaving

Light Blue & White Macrame Belst with Tortoiseshell Buckle.

Historical information

Made by Internee . Camp 13, Murchison

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Photograph

Key words

camp 3
hand made objects
camp 3 hand crafts
templer society

Colour photograph taken at Templer Society exhibition of a display which includes the bottom half of the poser we have of "The Broken Jug" Minna Von Barnhelm and on bottom right a lady in a brown cardigan looking at photos above which is a wooden tray and above that an oval in which is a silhouette of the head of a lady.

Historical information

Part of the exhibition at The Templers Society Home for the Aged, Bayswater, Victoria.

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Mug - glass

Key words

rosella
glass mugs

Glass mug denoting Rosella social club, Tatura. Lettering in gold. Also Rosella motif. Gold rim around top of mug.

Historical information

Rosella in Tatura 1947 till taken over by Uni Foods 1990's.

Inscriptions & Markings

Rosella Social Club Tatura. Rosella motif. France (underneath)

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Newspaper clippings

Blue back and side A4 folder with clear front containing plastic sleeves which house newspaper clippings as listed below.

Historical information

Sleeves contain: "Aboard the Hell Ship Dunera to Sydney" 8/9/1979; "Dunera Remembers"; The Day Hitlers Choirboys were Trapped in Australia" August 1964; a printed prayer and a hand typed copy. These clipping belonged to Wilhelm Eckels who was a wool buyer in Sydney when war broke out. He was interned in camp 1.

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Book - Art Captured

Key words

hans-wolder von gruenewaldt

Oblong book. Colourfui sketch of Hans-Wolter von Gruenewaldt on cover as he sketches scenes from Camp 13.

Historical information

This is the art work of Hans-Wolder von Gruenewaldt and relates to his time when incarcerated as a Refugee in Camp 13 Murchison during World War 2. His personal story covering the years 1939 to 1947, was written by the author in March 1961 and translated into English by his son Axel von Gruenewaldt. His artwork, images and supporting material, was compiled and formatted by Kay Ball, President, Murchison and District Historical Society Inc

Inscriptions & Markings

Hans- Wolter von Gruenewaldt .Prisoner of War Camp 13 Murchison: his story and his art.

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Photograph - camp 1 garrison parade

Key words

camp 1 garrison parade

Historical information

camp 1 garrison parade

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Book - Water Ledger - No. 1 - Rodney. State Rivers & Water Supply Commission

Key words

water rights
irrigation charges
rodney district
tatura
irrigation
rural
industries

Large book. Cardboard cover, suede leather spine and corners. Faded labels. Gold lettering

Historical information

List of names of farmers giving their water rights and charges. Rodney District including Tatura, Toolambe and Murchison

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