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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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5306 items

5306 items

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Photograph - Mr. & Mrs. John D. Forsyth

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Neck Tie

Black neck tie attached to a neck band which has a hook but no eye at the back. A blue tulip like flower on the front and part of 2 pink flowers and a red heart.

Historical information

Made and used in Camp 3

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Document - Everett Diary

Key words

huyton
dunera
hay camp
tatura camp

A4 size. Yellow plastic cover, side bound cover (bound on short side) of photocopied handwritten diary.

Historical information

Original diary photocopied and donated to Museum. Original diary is in the Canberra War Museum. One of 2 diaries by Ernie Everett, a 16 year old Jewish refugee brought to Australia on HMT Dunera. Interned at Hay camp 8 for 6 months and 1 year in camp at Tatura.

Inscriptions & Markings

Copied with kind permission of L.E. Everett, 25 Timbertop Drive, Vermont.

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Bottle - hot water

Made from galvanized iron. Made in usual hot water bottle shape with all joins soldered. The stopper is a manufactured one (bought). Made in Camp 3 during internment.

Inscriptions & Markings

On Plug - Eyelets Pty Ltd Melbourne. Made in Australia.

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Booklet - Allan St. Walk

Key words

allan street walk
kyabram
anderson d
tatura
kyabram hist soc
books
history
local

Cream cover, clack writing.

Historical information

Booklet describing businesses and houses in Kyabram and what is known of their history

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Cutters

Key words

cutters - wire
japanese
tatura
ww2
rural
industry
fencing

Wire cutters - wooden detachable handles. Metal mechanical cutting wire cutters with curved blade like structures at top

Historical information

Japanese army wire cutters

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Button

Key words

bulldog button

Bachelor button with stud. "Bulldog" brand. Five of same apart from two studs, brown button, silver stud.

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Folio - Log Buildings

Key words

documents
biography

Clear plastic front cover with blue plastic back cover and blue spine. Details of establishment of Love families in the district and correspondence between Love families and "Board of Parks and Gardens" re purchase and payment for property

Historical information

Collection of reports about Love family and property at Moyola

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Folder - Water Bailiff's Manual

Key words

water bailiff's manual
irrigation
tatura
sr&wsc
water bailiff
rural
industry

Green cover, gold lettering, metal clips. SR&WSC Vic logo and writing

Historical information

Water Bailiff's Manual for information of duties. First Edition, 1963, revised 1969

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C.D.

Gold disc, green and black text, inside a black and clear plastic case

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Photograph - copy

Key words

camp 13
murchison victoria
internment camps

Copy of black and white photograph. Interior of mess hut with seven prisoners seated at tables.

Historical information

Copy of original black and white photograph Interior of mess hall.

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Folio - Wartime Internment of German Aliens

Key words

documents
reports
dunera

Black side bound folder with printed matter in plastic sleeves.

Historical information

Written by Ellie Eggerking, daughter of "Dunera" internee as a research project.

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Badges

Key words

diamond shaped badges
sister kathleen heaphy
army nursing service badges
28 camp hospital internment camp 1

13 identical diamond shaped metal shoulder badges which have serrations on each side. A split pin is attached through 2 shanks on the back of the buttons. Shoulder badges (epaulets)

Historical information

WW2 badges 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

Tria Juncta in Uno

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Suitcase

This is 1 of a pair of suitcases.See item C0191 for description.

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Booklet - Making A Crust In The Depression & Entertaining Ourselves When Young

Key words

books
history
local
farming

White booklet, black lettering, stories of early farming and fruit growing. Kyabram/Lancaster area.

Historical information

Stories of life on the land, early 1900's and how the young people entertained themselves

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Book - Chronik Des Internier Ung Slager

Key words

hedlik docke
chronik
liederbuch
camp 1 tatura
internee poetry

Hard bound hard covered dark red cloth book. Cover features hand drawn, in ink picture of barbed wire and bayonet like blade with title over written in red ink. Initials JWG in bottom right hand corner. Has red end papers.

Historical information

Collection of articles printed by internees eg Liederbuch (song book), poetry and chronik der Deutschen internier unk Slager in Australien 5 June 1940 to 15 December 1940

Inscriptions & Markings

German words and signature dated 23/4/41 on back end paper

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CD - 17th Garrison Battalion

Key words

donald george fleet
17th garrison battalion
camp 1 cooks

Clear plastic cover, disc red and white.

Historical information

Photos of 17th Garrison Battalion Donald George Fleet, cook, camp 1.

Inscriptions & Markings

Agfa Photo CD

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Booklet - History of Kyneton 1836-1900

Key words

kyneton
books
history
local

Soft covers. marbled grey design on front. Printing - "History of Kyneton 1836-1900, Extracted pages from Volume 1. Second Page Numbered 95, last page 165. Numbers not in sequence

Historical information

Summary of events in Kyneton area 1836-1900

Inscriptions & Markings

Duvall, 42 Waikil St., Cobram

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Photograph - Tatura Football Team 1946

Black and white photograph of Tatura Football 2nd eighteen Sunday team 1946. Copy. Original 261.1.

Historical information

Tatura 2nd 18 Sunday football team: B. Cummins, R. Connors, S. Chance, G. Revell, M. Dowell (goal umpire), M. Hogan, N. Colliver (trainer), B. Quinn, B. Alexander, E. (Ted) Normington, V. Cummins, M. Harding, M. Keating, A. McDonald, M. Huggard, P. Grant, G. Huggard, N. Williams, J. Corrigan.

Inscriptions & Markings

on back: Tatura 2nd 18, 1946 Sunday team. Names (see below).

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Booklet - Kyela

Key words

kyela no 3
kyabram district
knee a & l
tatura
dairy industry
books
periodicals

Covers primary industries and items of interest to inhabitantsof Kyabram and surrounding towns

Historical information

This booklet "Kyela" Volume l No. 3. 1969 was produced for Ky. Hist. Soc. giving up-to-date info on mattersof local interest. Dr. WH Bossences's "Kyabram" book was used extensively as a reference.

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Theatre Programmes

Key words

internee theatre productions
theatrical plays
don carlos
der kaufman
von vene dig
merchant of venice
william shakespear
william tell

Fawn coloured theatre programs with theatre logo on 3. Printed in black. Laminated.

Historical information

Theatre was a significant part of the internees as evidenced by the many photos in the museum. Don Carlos, Der Kaufman, Von Vene Dig (Merchant of Venice) W Shakespeare; William Tell.

Inscriptions & Markings

Deutsche's Theatre Tatura program on 3: Minna Von Barnhelm Oder Das Goldatenglust Under that a medieval warrior

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Document - POW escapes from Camp 13 Murchison

Key words

camp 13
murchison victoria
gustav polic
heinrich pexa
rudi pruckner
kurt freidrick
joe pagliari
karatchali
italian pow
internment camps
camp escapes
paul fuchs
intelligence report

Blue backed clear plastic folder.

Historical information

Documents and newspaper articles concerning POW escapes from Camp 13 Murchison. Gustav Polig compiled this collection of articles of numerous escapes from camps around Tatura. Heinrich Pexa, Rudi Pruckner and Kurt Freidrick and Italian prisoner Joe Pagliari, all captured. Also the murder of POW Karatchali. Also included is a copy of Intelligence report no 94, for the period of 10 June 19944 - 17 June 1944. Notification from the Apostolic Delegation to POW Cpl Paul Fuchs, informing him of the accidental death of his father.

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Document - Envelope

Key words

stefan asboth
camp 1 tatura
war time correspondence
internment camps in australia
shire engineers
rodney shire council

A black and white photocopy of an envelope sent to Mr S. Asboth at Camp 1 Tatura Victoria

Historical information

The envelope was sent to Mr S. Asboth at Camp 1 Tatura, dated 25 July 1946. Stefan Asboth was an internee in Camp 1. Stefan was an engineer and was working in Persia when the war broke out. He was sent to Britain, then to Loveday in South Australia and then to Camp 1 where he stayed for the duration of the war.

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Folder - Pioneers of Irrigation in Victoria

Key words

water
irrigation
documents

Green binder with title typed on white label

Historical information

Description of work of men such as Murray, Chaffey, Deakin, Dethridge etc.

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Book - Kialla East Hero Joseph Hillier

Key words

joseph hillier

Fawn cover with title, uniform adornments and sword.

Historical information

The book is the story of the Boer War incorporated in the life story of Joseph Hillier. The back cover shows the Rising Sun badge, other local volunteers to the Boer War are listed and some studied. Joseph Hillier was Tony Fords great uncle.

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Hut-Model

Key words

hut - model
mess hall
streker l
camp 3
tatura
ww2 camp 3
handcrafts
models

Handmade model of internment camp mess hall with front section of roof removed to expose interior. (2 central heating stoves, tables and stools, ceiling lights). Has steps to entrance and windows, opened, back and front walls.

Historical information

Made by former internee of Interment camp 3

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Photograph

Key words

camp 13
hans sznyta
german pow's

Black and white photograph of 10 Germans standing and 10 seated in front of hut which is behind a gum tree. Superimposed somehow is an Iron Cross. The photo was sent to their parents in Germany.

Historical information

Photographer Hans Sznyta

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Biscuit cutters

6 biscuit cutters made in Camp 3 by Waldemar Sawatzky from Milo and jam tins - 3 stars 1 heart 1 cross. cross; flower; heart; star; star (green); star (yellow)

Historical information

Made in his workshop (Camp 3) shared with Johannes Weiss - was a lean to at the end of their hut in compound A. Donated by Gretal krakenberger nee Weiss (daughter of Johannes).

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Document - Courage to Care

Key words

tatura
b'nai b'rith society
jewish holocaust
documents
invitations
programmes
biography
letters
memorials
addresses

Black ring folder with plastic pockets. Material inside related to Courage to Care exhibit, run by B'nai B'rith Society, hosted by Tatura Historical Society in 1998. Includes newspaper clippings from local papers before & after event, articles about Jewish survivors, programmes from event, advertising & promotional materials, letters between organisers & Tatura members, copy of address given at opening, etc.|Also includes separate larger promotional items in manilla folder.|Includes number of copies of programme/ promotional booklets produced for exhibit.

Historical information

Courage to Care was an exhibit touring museums, organised by the B'nai B'rith Society and hosted by Tatura & District Historical Society in 1998.

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Kookaburra - bone

Key words

kookaburra
bone
camp 3
tatura
ww2 camp 3
ornaments

Handcarved bone kookaburra mounted on a block of polished wood

Historical information

Made by internee at Camp 3, Tatura

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