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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 49 Hogan Street 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

Location

49 Hogan Street 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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5294 items

5294 items

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Folio - "Kormoran" Raider.

Key words

ww2 camp 13
kormoran
sydney
documents
reports

Black hard cover 2 ringed binder. White printing on spine

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Book - Newspaper Cuttings

Key words

tatura
shire of rodney
newspaper cuttings
scrap book
rodney shire
books
albums
scrap

Green Linen covered hardcover scrap book for newspaper cuttings. Title in black with embossed design depicting scissors, pens, paste & notepaper. Has alphabetically labelled (A - Z) blank index pages in front followed by numbered pages 1 - 100 of which pages 1 - 76 have cuttings pasted on to them, the rest are blank.

Historical information

Book contains newspaper cuttings of Shire notices and tenders from 1886 to 1889

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Photograph

Key words

camp 13
murchison victoria
pow
ruins
internment camp

Camp 13, Camp Road, Murchison, Victoria. Brick, timber, cement sheeting, wire fencing, ruins of POW goal.

Historical information

Camp 13 goal. Towards s-sw of whole area. Ruins.

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Cutouts - Wooden

Key words

dwarfs' band
cutouts
vollmer f&a
vollmer h
camp 3
tatura
ww2
handcrafts
woodwork

1.Cutout of a bearded man playng a flute/recorder. Dressed in red/pale brown check pants, red cape, brown shirt, brown hat. Black and brown socks, black shoes, sitting a a floor. Matt paint.|2. Cutout of a bearded man, with instrument broken off. Dressed in a spotted cape and hat, brown shirt and trousers, light brown shoes, standing on a curved triangle. Matt paint.|3. Cutout of a bearded man dressed in a brown hooded coat, tan trousers, tan and black spotted shoes. He is carrying a lute over his shoulder. His is standing on a curved triangle. Matt paint.|4. A smaller cutoutof a bearded man, holding a baton. Dressed in a blue and yellow spotted hooded cape, brown trousers and shoes, standing on a heart shaped base. Gloss paint.

Historical information

On long term loan from Heidi Vollmer who sold her home, and moved unit. Has no where to store the cutouts at present

Inscriptions & Markings

Long Term loan. H Vollmer. Nov. 2004 (on all 4 cutouts)

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Photograph - German War Cemetery Opening 1958.

Key words

photograph
people

Historical information

Copied from coloured slides. German War Cemetery Opening 1958.

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Bath Tub

Key words

bath tub
camp 3
tatura
ww2
domestic
ablutions

Galvanised iron bath tub with fixed handles either end

Historical information

Used by internees for washing and bathing babies

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Programmes - Land of Smiles

1 of 3 programmes of Turaton Musical Company Productions in 1978, 1979 and 1995. Each programme of 8 pages with synopsis and photographs of players. Introductions to principal artists. Some history of the group and credits. Two other programmes L0596 and L0597

Inscriptions & Markings

Musical productions local groups

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Video Tape. - Dunera Boys

Key words

"friendly aliens"
dunera boys
video tape
hay & camp 2

BASF F120 vhs

Historical information

Radio talk, SBS, April 1991

Inscriptions & Markings

Dunera Boys SBS April 1991

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Photograph - copy - Tatura Football Club

Black and white copy of photograph of early Tatura Football team, secretary, trainers and umpire.

Historical information

Tatura Football Club: A. Wilson, R. Pretty, C. Hunter, J. Connors, J. Crowl, F. Huggard, P. Mactier, H. Kerr, T. Hogan, Roy Dick, F. Pritchard, J. Robbins, A. Pay (secretary), J. O'Connor, T. Hastie, J. Hogan, J. Kerr, Pat Maher (trainer), W. Canobis, Paterson, P. Britten. A. Robbins (umpire), C. Maher, N. Anderson, J. McKenna and J. McKenna (trainers)

Inscriptions & Markings

on back:names of all group identified (see below)

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Programme - Tatura Melody 1940

Key words

tatura
documents
programmes

Hand produced programme of concert "Tatura Melody 1940". Cover of waxed paper, printed and illustrated in ink (black). Insert of programme typed dated 3 nov 1940. Wording on cover Hans Blay presents: Tatura Melody 1940

Historical information

Programme of musical show presented by Hans Blay & Company. Refugees at the Tatura Camp (of the Singapore Group)

Inscriptions & Markings

Meilich

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Book - The Personal Bicentenial Diary

Key words

australian bicentenary
sunshine diaries
population
books
history
local

Cream covered with decoration and writing in gold

Historical information

Souvenir of Bicenteniary, as a diary for individual records of population

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Photograph - Hogan Street

Key words

tatura
buildings
historic
transport
horse

Streetscape of Hogan Street; featuring horse-drawn buggies; Bank of Victoria

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Sandals

Key words

sandals
leather
montgomery j
camp 1
tatura
ww2 camps
costume
male
footwear

A pair of open toed leather lattice sandals fastened with a ankle strap and metal buckle, metal toe caps with 5 tacks attached to sole. Leather sole has been replaced

Historical information

Made by internee at Camp 1

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Folder - biography - Gustav Polig

Red back clear plastic folder containing information on camp life of Gustav Polig.

Historical information

Personal account of camp life by Gustav Polig.

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Painting - Captain Stanley Llewellyn

Key words

painting
von gruenwaldt hw
seal s:
seal j
camp 13
tatura
ww2 camp 13
handcrafts

Pastel of Captain Stanley Llewllyn Seal in a Captain's uniform. Small moustache and pipe

Historical information

Painted by South African internee at Camp 13

Inscriptions & Markings

H Von Gruenwaldt

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Posters

Key words

camp theatre productions
wilhelm tell
shakespear productions in camps

1 of 15 colour laminated posters of the Deutsche Theatre, Tatura, of the various productions of Wilhelm Tell, Minna Von Barnhelm Der Kaufmann Von Denedig (Shakespeare), Siegfried's Tod Odenwald scene. On a large display board (L 126 cm x W 120 cm)

Historical information

Camp theatre productions. Wilhelm Fugman, producer.

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Folio - biography - Bern Brent.

Key words

dunera
internment camps
tatura
books
biography
peter danziger
peter danby
bern brent
gerd bernstein

Black multi ringed folder with printed sheets in plastic sleeves. Photo adn interview. Internment in England, Kempton Park adn Huyton. 8th Employment Co. Fruit picking with Peter Danziger and Peter Danby. Internment Camps 3 and 4.

Historical information

Collected by Tatura Museum.

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Book - Mooroopna North West (Ram Dam)

Key words

mooroopna north west primary school
school centenary celebrations

Brown cardboard cover. Oval photo - water scene. Illustrated. 36 pages, Mooroopna North West (Ram Dam) No 2002 1878 1978 on scroll.

Historical information

Published in association with Centenary Celebrations of Mooroopna North West Primary School 1978

Inscriptions & Markings

To Tatura Historical Society with my compliments. M J. Delaney, Tatura Irrigation and Local History Museum

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Photograph

Key words

colonel rhodan
garrison personnel
army nurses
last post
camp 1 tatura

Black and white copy of a photo of Anzac Day ceremony.

Historical information

Colonel Rhodan, Garrison and army nurses at the lowering of the flag and the Last Post at Camp 1, Tatura during WW2.

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Book - Times Have Changed. Nathalia & Barmah

Key words

nathalia and barmah
books
history
local

White soft covered book, red printing and black and white river scene on front cover. Includes photos and sketches

Historical information

Stories and poems written by local people and compiled into a book by students and staff of Nathalia Secondary College

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Photograph

Key words

photograph

Studio photo of man and lady in formal dress. Black and white. Metal, support type, mounted photograph covered and mounted.

Inscriptions & Markings

Giovanni and ? nee Recordo ? Vittorio E ? 8-3-1945

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Photograph - original - F. W. Williams Store c 1920

Key words

f. e. williams store

Original sepia photograph of store window display, F. E. Williams store. c 1920. Exterior.

Historical information

Original photograph of window display of F. E. Williams shop, Hogan Street, Tatura. One of the first store in Tatura. c 1920. Reflection of opposite side of street and telegraph pole.

Inscriptions & Markings

on back: F. E. Williams Shop. Ladies window display. c 1920

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Fork - table

Key words

fork
hoefer family
camp 3
tatura
ww2 camp 3
domestic
cutlery

Silver plated table fork

Historical information

Used by internees at Camp3, Tatura

Inscriptions & Markings

EPNSA

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Sculpture

Key words

sculpture
polacsek
e
hoffmann
schung r
wood
sharks
camp 3
tatura
ww2 camp 3
handcrafts

In wood. 3 sharks in foreground, 2 in background

Historical information

Sculptured by Cr. Rubitschung in Camp 3. A present to W and F Hoffmann for a silver wedding gift

Inscriptions & Markings

Herrn und Frau Hoffmann zur silber ochzeit von o.ur.Rubitschung

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Jacket

Key words

jacket
dhurringile
officers

Navy blue woolen jacket. 12 buttonholes, no buttons. Royal blue oblong tabs on the collar. 2 pockets with flaps on the front.

Historical information

Replica of officer's uniform jacket made for Klaus Baldenhofer at Dhurringile POW Camp

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Photograph - Early Settlers Bidstrup Family

Key words

tatura
byrneside
bidstrup
costume
children
female
male
buildings
historic

Early settlers, the Bidstrup Family of Byrneside

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Photograph

Key words

victorian state rivers and supply commission
tatura waterworks
tatura waterworks trust

Medium sized black and white photograph. Big wash-away under concrete slab at Tatura Waterworks storage / Sheets of galvanised iron foreground on slab / bags of sand and petrol drum further along above water level / water on right / tree on horizon.

Historical information

Taken by photographer for State Rivers and Water Supply Commission.

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Folder - Waranga Basin - Drought 2003

Key words

irrigation
documents
reports

Black folder with metal clips. Label on spine

Historical information

Assembled to illustrate effects of drought on surroundings (photography) and collection of newsprint giving details of same. Points of interest unassociated with drought.

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Archive Folder (grey) - Leonhard Adam

Grey archival folder containing photographs of the Leonhard Adam collections. (has been scanned)

Inscriptions & Markings

Leonhard Adam

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Template - bag making

Key words

camp 3
internee crafts
gisela wied
bag making

Cardboard template for bag making

Historical information

Used by internees at Camp 3 Tatura . Part of bag making kit

Inscriptions & Markings

G.W.

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