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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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5345 items

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Photograph - copy - Tatura Football Team

Black and white copy of very early photograph of Tatura Football Team. Trees and possibly a grandstand in background.

Historical information

Copy of very early photograph of Tatura Football team.

Inscriptions & Markings

on back: Tatura Football Team.

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Book - The Wheel of Time

Key words

the wheel of time
ignatius
sister m (starkie)
sisters of mercy
tatura
convent of mercy
books
history
local
religion

Pale blue linen like hard cover, white dust cover. Bluewhite religious logo. Title in blue writing.

Historical information

A brief survey of the 96 years work of the Sisters of Mercy in Victoria 1857-1953. Includes a chaper on their arrival in Tatura in 1899

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Book - Pages of Pages

Key words

books
poetry

Cream coloured cover featuring a picture of a church. A| collection of verses written by Cannon Cliff Page

Historical information

Witten to assist the building fund for All Saints Anglican Church, Tatura. Canon Page was Rector 1963-1973

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Photograph - Len MacDonald c1980s

Key words

tatura
shops
mcdonald l
locals
costume
male

Len MacDonald, c1980s, with fruit and vegetables.

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Swagger Stick

Key words

wo11 r. e. o'hara.
swagger stick

Light coloured wooden swagger stick with large knob on one end which depicts a sphere in dark coloured wood inlaid at regular intervals with a light coloured wood. The top of the knob is covered by a brass crown (badge of rank).

Historical information

Made by a German POW about 1944-45 and given to WO11 R. E. O'Hara. R. E. O'Hara, father of the donor, was a WO11 in the POW camp. He left Tatura at the end of the war when he was posted to Manus Island for the war crimes trials against the Japanese. He continued in the Army until 1952. WO11 R. E. O'Hara VX5293. His rank on discharge was WO1

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Photograph - copy

Key words

vagarin
pow camp
ww2
tatura
internees
templers

Colour photograph of painting of POW barracks and garden by Vagarin. Negative no 9.

Historical information

Tatura Internment Camp built during WW2 for POW's. Photographs taken at exhibition of camp memorabilia displayed at Templer Home for Aged, Bayswater in 1981.

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Photograph - Fred Maskell & neice Gladys Brown

Key words

photograph
people

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Jewel Box

Key words

jewel box
handcraft

Wooden inlay, hinged, star pattern, wooden feet.

Historical information

Manufactured in Camp 3

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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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Photo album - Die Ribelungen Besprechung

Key words

adolf wilke
walter von gruenewaldt
camp 13

Photo album, blue with plastic sleeves

Historical information

Photographic copy of poems by Adolf Wilke and sketches by Hans Wolter von Gruenewaldt. Made in camp 13 and relating to camp life.

Inscriptions & Markings

Die Ribelungen Besprechung

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Photograph

Key words

pow's
repatriated pow's
wo john woof

Black and white photograph of WO 2 John Woof standing in snow on the Cukhaven (Germany) Wharf unable to disembark because of big freeze. Orontes next to wharf. Repatriated.

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Documents - Campo d'Internmento Tatura Victoria

5 plastic sleeves listing extracts of names of Italian internees in camp 1, 1940, pages 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9, 10 and 21.

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Photograph - Dr Alexander Park

Key words

tatura
doctors
locals
park dr
costume
male

Dr Alexander Park

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Button Die

Key words

tatura
camp 3
faig
p
kaltenbach
g
hermann
w
instruments
measuring

Small metal 1" button die, grey in colour.

Historical information

Sent from Germany by Elfriede & Paul Faig.

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Box - Tin

Key words

camp 13
murchison
tin box
hygiene
pow

Tin box with detached lid used to store bathroom requisites. Hand made in camp. Corners soldered. Mirror in box (see C0226)

Historical information

Made and used by POW in camp 13

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Folio - Tatura Museum Acquisition Lists.

Key words

documents
diaries

Black 2 ring binder with written & typed material in plastic folders.

Historical information

Notes and records of donations of exhibits to the museum collection in alphabetical order.

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Photograph - Park Street Railway Crossing

Black and white photograph of group of men at Park Street Railway Crossing Tatura.

Historical information

photograph of group of men at Park Street Railway Crossing Tatura.

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Report - Waste Water Management - Draft Report Number 2

Key words

irrigation

Typed reports about water management in Victoria

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Painting - Watercolour - 75mm Gun

Key words

graytown pow camp
georg rosenkranz
hsk kormoran
illustrations
watercolour

Stylised watercolour painting of Kormoran crewmen operating a 75mm gun

Historical information

Artist Georg Rosenkranz, crewman aboard the HSK Kormoran, painted this while in Graytown POW Camp

Inscriptions & Markings

75mm Gun

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Book - State Rivers and Water Supply Commission Annual Reports 1945 - 50

Key words

victoria state rivers and water supply commission

Historical information

Old report from the State Rivers and Water Supply Commission

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Folder - extracts from various books

Key words

behind barbed wire
from hell to eternity
toku tai
58/59 battalion
pow camp books
internment camp books

Clear plastic fronted folder with photocopied extracts from various books: Behind Barbed Were, From Hell to Eternity, Toku Tai and 58/59 Battalion News.

Historical information

Photocopied extracts from various books on POW's and internment camps. Both in Australia and overseas.

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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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Programme - Journey Round The World

Key words

documents
programmes

Single foolscap copy of the programme performance revue Journey round the World. Title hand written, programme typed

Historical information

Programme & revue produced by POW's at Camp2 Murchison

Inscriptions & Markings

6th November 1941 Tatura

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Photograph

Key words

singapore pow's
h. seefeld

Black and white photos of Singapore men outside hut for roll call.

Historical information

Singapore POW's

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Folio - Dr. James Park

Key words

documents
biography

Collection of Newspaper cuttings, Free Press reporting details of his life and death. These include his playing days with Carlton Football Club

Historical information

Dr. James Park, B. Mangalore 1864. D.Tatura 1938. Medical Practioner in Tatura

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Cards - Playing

Key words

kazenwadel k
damp 3
tatura
ww2 camp 3
toys
games

Geeen and cream cardboard box containing 33 playing cards

Historical information

Packets of playing cards were sent to German Families in Camp 3

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Photograph - Cattanach Canal

Key words

irrigation
victoria state rivers and water supply commission
cattanach canal

Large sepia photograph - water filled channel inlet and bank - Man standing on platform looking down on concrete wall of measuring weir.

Historical information

Taken by the photographer for Victoria State Rivers and Water Supply Commission.

Inscriptions & Markings

Above photo: "Cattanach Canal / Inlet and Measuring Weir to Waranga Basin."

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Document - Autobiography - Reminiscences

Key words

k. m. pfanders
internment camps
autobiography

An 18 page chapter of her book reminiscences from My Life describing her time in the internment as a teacher. After the war she took out a bachelor and master degree at Melbourne University and subsequently took up a career as a language teacher in Munich.

Historical information

Autobiography of K. M. Pfanders

Inscriptions & Markings

In the internment camp Tatura. One chapter from K. M. Pfanders book

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Photograph - Fire Brigade Reunion

Key words

fire brigade
photograph
people

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Folder - Order of Service - Funerals

Key words

funeral service booklets

clear plastic front cover, blue plastic, blue back cover. Black plastic spine.

Historical information

Order of Service booklets for funerals of deceased Tatura residents. ongoing. Compiled by Tatura Museum.

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