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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.

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5324 items

5324 items

Coin

Key words

coin
two shilling
whitford n
camp 3
tatura
ww2 camp 3
numismatics
coins

Circular metal coin - two shilling piece with hole in centre

Historical information

Used by internees at Interment Camp 3 as currency

Inscriptions & Markings

Two shillings

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Magazine - Digger

Key words

magazines
1st aif

Magazine containing families and friends of the first AIF. Fawn coloured cover with group photo.

Historical information

Magazine of families and friends of the first AIF inc March 2007, Group photos including stories from soldiers, profiles.

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Exercise Book - W. Eckels

Key words

wilhelm eckels
camp school work

Sovereign blue school exercise book belong to Wilhelm Eckels. Contains French Grammer lessons.

Historical information

Wilhelm Eckels was a wool buyer in Sydney when war broke out. He was interned in camp 1.

Inscriptions & Markings

W. Eckels

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Folio - Family Letters Written Camp 13-Berlin.

Key words

documents
letters

Open fronted red folder containing copies of hand written letters.

Historical information

Letters written while in POW Camp, to and from.

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Tray

Key words

camp 3
wood work
wooden trays

rectangular handmade wooden tray, base has wood inlays featuring map of Australia, Kangaroo, emu, model of camp hut and 4 internment camp coins. Also has hand printed working

Historical information

Used by internees at Camp 3 Tatura .

Inscriptions & Markings

Tatura Victoria Australien 1941-1944

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Pendant

Opal pendant mounted in tortoise shell

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Photograph - Hogan Street Tatura 1987

Key words

hogan street tatura

Black and white photograph of Hogan Street, Tatura looking west. Part of supermarket and Criterion Hotel at left. Street lights, traffic signs, cars.

Historical information

Photograph of Hogan Street, Tatura, looking west. 1987. Clock Tower, monument to Dr. J. Park, in foreground. Railway tracks and crossing lights also in picture

Inscriptions & Markings

on back: Hogan Street looking west. Clock tower 1987

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Film Can 8mm - Views of the Golb. Valley

Key words

goulburn valley
german war cemetery
schrudt

Green can of 8mm film

Historical information

Film of the Goulburn Valley around 1958-1961, shot by Hermann Will. Schrudt. Includes the opening of the German War Graves Cemetery at Tatura.

Inscriptions & Markings

No 4 Views of the Golb. Valley. Time 700 + 300

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Photograph - Ex Camp 1 Internees

Key words

photograph
people

Historical information

Ex Camp 1 Internees.|Ex Dunera Internees.|8th. Employment Co. Royal Park, Melbourne|Frederick, Herbert & Louis Dressing.

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Folder - Squatters" Runs in the 1840's

Key words

squatters runs
aboriginal tribal lands
cummeragunga
tatura
aboriginal history
documents
aboriginal
printed
material

Black plastic cover, plastic sleeves

Historical information

Copies of Squatters' Runs 1840's|Goulburn Blacks Tribal Lands|History of Bangerang Tribe|Issues of Aboriginal Australia (Magazine)|History of Cummeragunga

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Photograph

Key words

irrigation

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Board Game

Key words

tatura
ww2
camp 3
internment
internee camps
toys
general

Cardboard box containing 3 in 1 game set. Box is tan & cream with small checkered pattern. Picture on front of two men in possible military uniforms playing chess. Double sided board with red & cream chess squares on one side & pattern of lines on reverse, folded to fit inside box. 16 red & cream, & 16 blue & cream coloured leather round chess/ draughts pieces for use on board.

Historical information

Else Oertel was a German internee in Camp 3A from 1940-1945. The German Red Cross sent items to the internees in the camps and this game was one of the items given to the Oertel family. Else's daughter, Else-Lore Hukins donated the items.

Inscriptions & Markings

(On lid of box): Schach - Dame und Muhle/ Das Kombinationsspiel mit dem gleichen Stein (D.R.G.M.)/ Ein gruB aus der heimat/|(At bottom of picture on lid): Combi-Spiele G.m b.H., Hannover-Linden

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Document - Certificate of Right of Burial in the Tatura Public Cemetery, Lease,Account from West End Timber Yards for Coffin

Key words

tatura
heaphy
cemetery
criterion hotel
west end timber yards
davies
cussen
documents
certificates

Photocopies of Certificate of Right of Burial in the Tatura Public Cemetery dated 15/01/1906 and 2 receipts for same plots labelled Toolamba West Public Cemetery dated 6/12/1905, Lease between John Herbert Davies & Catherine Heaphy for the Criterion Hotel Tatura, Account from West End Timber Yards (A. Miles) for Coffin and Hearse & Conducting Funeral. All are photocopies on A4 paper.

Historical information

Photocopies of original documents

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Folder - International Air Show Exhibition

Red 3 ring binder containing photographs and information used at the International Air Show at Geelong Victoria in 2001 and 2003. Scanned.

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Photograph - copy

Key words

pow's
camp 13 murchison
german pow's
george campbell
pow guards

Copy of photo of POW Kurt Friedrich.

Historical information

German POW Camp 13. Guard George Campbell corresponded with Kurt Friedrich after end of WW2. Photo copied by Dean Clark, Tatura for Historical Society.

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Book - List of Earliest Shareholders in Tatura Butter Factory

Key words

dairying
books
history
local
rural
industries

Mottled cover, red spine. Bent Top right corner. White label, gold writing

Historical information

Handwritten lists of earliest shareholders of Tatura Butter Factory and Minutes of Meeting 1907

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Army Uniform Accessories

Key words

tatura
ww2
uniform
uniforms
army

15 Items from Estate of William Culkin, relating to his war service (WW2). Personal effects displayed in a clear topped box.|1x photo (sepia) of W. Culkin|Stripes|Colours (felt)|Colours (metal)|1x rising sun hat badge|1x prayer book (R.C.)|2x metal "Australia"s for shoulder straps|2x ID tags|1x summary of conditions of awards|1x description of ribbon awarded|2x compliments from Minister of State for the Army

Historical information

Pieces from the uniform and personal effects of W. Culkin (Army WW2)

Inscriptions & Markings

Various

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Document

Key words

fritz muller
andora star
dunera
camp 13

27 pages of documents relating to Fritz Muller, re German pre war life, rescue from the sinking Andora Star, time in Camp 13 and his description of the sinking of the Andora Star for journalists after the war. Typed and hand written original letters

Historical information

Information relating to Andora Star, POW's and Fritz Muller. Donated by his daughter.

Inscriptions & Markings

War. POW Camp 13 "Andora Star" Fritz Muller "Dunera"

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Photograph - D. Kilmartin Home

Key words

denis kilmartin
springvale road tatura

Sepia toned photograph of D. Kilmartin on verandah of his weatherboard home on property at Springvale Road, Tatura.

Historical information

Original photograph of Denis Kilmartin on verandah of his home on Springvale Road Tatura. Now Moulders property. Man with horse possibly his brother.

Inscriptions & Markings

on back: D. Kilmartin homestead, Springvale Road, Tatura. Now Moulders. D. Kilmartin on verandah.

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Book - The Victorian us . (Settling. Book 2)

Yellow cardboard cover. Second book of a trilogy. 274 pages.

Historical information

History of early Victorians. How and where they settled.

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Book - Jungle Warfare

Key words

books
history
local

Brown hard back cover with khaki text

Historical information

Jungle Warfare is the fourth book in this series presented by the Australian Army to the people at home during this war

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Folder - autobiography - The First Eighty Years. Book 2

Key words

wilson family
documents
biography

Folder containing autobiography of Miss May Wilson 1911 - 1991. Book 2

Historical information

History of early Hospital life in Mooroopna, then Melbourne and Sydney

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Photograph

Key words

goulburn weir
victorian state rivers and supply commission

Small black and white photograph. Earth embankment level being raised with clay hauled in scoops up the trestle ramp by horse-powered cable and pulleys. Workmen foreground right. Waranga reservoir.

Historical information

Taken by photographer for State Rivers and Water Supply Commission.

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Photograph

Key words

templer society
mrs lilo thaler
german templer society

Black and white photograph of Mrs Lilo Thaler addressing the Templer families at the site of the old Camp 3. 21 September 1991.

Historical information

A visit from the German Templer Society.

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Gramophone Record and cover

Key words

chimara hsakusa
victor taling machine co.
hajime kitamura
rain on willow
folk song
walter hamblin

Round black bakelite audio record. Gold coloured letting and His Masters Voice insignia in the centre around a central hole. This record is contained in a brown and green paper cover with dark green printing in English and Japanese.

Historical information

Famous Japanese singer Chimara Hsakusa, recorded as a commemorative issue for a willow tree planted in central Tokyo and thought to be 100 years old.

Inscriptions & Markings

VE His Masters Voice trade mark reg. Victor Orthophonic recording 52353-19 (4182) Japanese writing. Victor Talking Machine Co of Japan Ltds VE 4182. Reverse side the same except no 4275. 52353 A. Rain on Willow 4182 52353 B. Folk Song 4275 Interpreted by Hajime Kitamura. A Japanese journalist who visited the museum on 4 February 2006. Inscription on cover reads Columbia Electronically recorded. New process. Record Columbia and Japanese writing. (front and back)

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Book. - A Story is Told by Str. Mary Cabrini Fontana.

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Meat Tenderiser

Key words

hoefer family
camp 3
tatura
ww2 camp 3
domestic
food
preparation

Woooden handle and wooden head. 3 lines marked on head

Historical information

Made and used by Internees at Camp 3

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Book - Ever Ready Ever Willing

Red blue front and back cover. Photo of Mooroopna Fire Brigade team on front in square panel.

Historical information

Written for Mooroopna Fire Brigade centenary celebrations 1992. The first fifty years 1892-1942. Second fifty years 1942-1992.

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small photo album

Key words

murchison pow recreation hall
german war cemetery

Small, green coloured photo album

Historical information

The artist of the sketches Hans - Wolter von Gruenewaldt - ex South African Mining Engineer served in the North Africa campaign. This album also includes photos of visitors to the Tatura Museum, Memorial service German War Cemetery 1992 and visitors to Camps 1, 2, 4 and 13 Photos include Murchison R.S.L clubhouse,which was Murchison P.O.W Camp,13 Recreation Hall, Colonel Walter Tinsley D.S.O who was appointed Commandant camp 13 1946, Folk Dancers from Hungary,Scotland, Yugoslavia, Russia, Spain, Holland, German waitress, African Mother and Child,, Asia, Australian swagman, Australian A.W.A.S, British Army W.O, British Naval Officer. Visitors to Memorial service German War Cemetery 1992

Significance

Photos show a collection of the art work painted on walls of Camp 13 Recreation hall

Inscriptions & Markings

Hans-Wolter von Gruenewaldt, German P.O.W. painted these scenes and figures as murals on the walls of the camp 13 Recreation Hall. The hall was transferred to Murchison after WW2 and was purchased by the Murchison R.S.L. as its headquarters in 1955. These paintings can now be seen at the David Jones Nursing Home in Murchison.

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Photograph - Christina Ross

Key words

christina ross

B. &. W. Photo.

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