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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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5337 items

5337 items

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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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Book - African Trilogy

Key words

african trilogy
moorehead a
tatura
ww2
camp 13
boosk
history
local

Yellow soft cover book with photo of tanks on the front and back covers

Historical information

Contains well known stories of the North African campaign of 1939- 1943

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Photograph - Camp 13 German Soccer Team

Key words

camp 13
german soccer team
photograph
people

Historical information

Photos copied from Superintendent Hannan's album.

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Photograph - Colliver Cottage

Key words

walter and ann colliver
erica poulson
early tatura buildings

Colour photograph of exterior of cottage in O"Reilly Road, Tatura, showing trees, hedge.

Historical information

Photograph of cottage, built in 1920's, for Walter and Ann Colliver. Now owned by Erica Poulson.

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Folder - Liquid Gold

Key words

water
documents
irrigation

Black cover with white label

Historical information

"Liquid Gold" concept records, 1997. Irrigation in the Goulburn Valley

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Photograph - German POW's in Camp 13

Key words

photograph
people

Heinrich Mattis, Hitler Youth Leader, Plauen, Vogtl, Germany. Shot down over North Africa. Camp 13 1941-1947.

Historical information

German POWs in Camp 13, Matriculation Class.|Photo 1. Back:Willi Voss; Sigmar Weining; Lehrer Kurt Falk; Wellenreuther; Reinhold Baeumer.|Front: ? ; Heinrich Mattis; Paul Pfennig; Walter Wahlet; ? .|Photo 2. Heinrich Mattis, 1938.

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Book - Leonhard Adam - From the Spree to the Yarra - Aquarelles: 1911-1955

Key words

life of leonard adam
artwork at camp 3 tatura
europe
melbourne

Rectangular shaped book, covered with painting of "Undoolya" ( east of Alice Springs) on both font and back covers. 30 pages,, B/W photos. and paintings by the artist of Tatura camp3, Europe,Sydney and Melbourne,

Inscriptions & Markings

Acknowledgement: Mary - Clare Adam daughter of Leonhard Adam.

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CD - Museum and German War Cemetery Tatura

Key words

german war graves cemetery

CD, purple text on white circle.. Plastic cover, clear front, black back

Historical information

A photographic collection of German War Cemetery

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Folder - Funeral Programmes and Obituaries A - G

Key words

local families
obituaries

Collection of paper cuttings, mainly photocopied, relating to Tatura and district identities. 2 folders. Alphabetical order

Historical information

A series of newspaper cuttings and funeral programmes, collected to record the life history of many Tatura identities

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Photograph - Camp 1 Group

Key words

photograph
people

Historical information

Camp 1 Group.|Raymond Kaufmann; Alfred Illichmann; Wolfgang Weitbrecht.

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Photograph - Mr McLeod

Key words

tatura
mcleod
locals
people
costume
male

Mr McLeod, c1970s or 1980s.

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Photograph

Key words

dhurringile pow camp
dhurringile aerial photo

Black and white photograph. Aerial photo of Dhurringile Camp.

Historical information

Dhurringile POW camp aerial photo

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Folder - Camp 1 List

Key words

tatura internment camp 1
lists of names.
secret document.
goerner, b.
schmitz,j.h.
fabarius, g.
kropf, e.

Green 3 ring folder

Historical information

Articles donated to Museum

Inscriptions & Markings

Camp 1 List

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Book - Harnessed Waters

Key words

harnessed waterstatura
construction of weir
formation of lake mulwala
construction
irrigation
books
history
local

Cover showing photographs of stages in the construction on front. At back oval photo of two means of transport related to the area

Historical information

Published on occasion of 50th Anniversary of completion of construction

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Folder - Heinrih Walter Fuchs

Key words

heinrich walter fuchs
camp 2 doctors
anne marie wright
elizabeth fuchs

Red back clear front plastic folder containing information on Heinrich Walter Fuchs, MD.

Historical information

Heinrich Walter Fuchs, MD, born 18 June 1886, Breslan Silesia, studied medicine in Breslan. Served as a doctor during WW1, interned from 1941-1945 after being captured in Turkey. Wife Elizabeth Fuchs.

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Photograph - Ted McCracken, Lions Club.

Key words

tatura
locals
mccracken
lions club
costume
male

Ted McCracken, Lions Club of Tatura.

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Loom

Key words

tatura
handcrafts
weaving

Handmade wooden table top loom attached to a rectangular piece of crafttwood representing a table. 13 hooks attached to each wooden endpiece. A separate box of wool goes from end to end through a series of nails which are in a zig zag pattern. 1 small stool for holding wool.

Historical information

Designed and constructed in Camp 1 by W. (Jack) Weber and used to make scarves by and for the internees.

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Box - Tooth Powder

Key words

box
tooth powder
towart g
awas
camp 13
tatura
ww2 camp 13
toilet
requisites
bathroom

Orange/red square plastic tooth powder box with matching lid

Historical information

The Red Cross gave parcels to the German prisoners. This was part of one of those parcels

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Folder - Alien Italian Internees Camp 2 Then 4 and 2.

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Photograph - original - Tatura Museum - Opening Day

Key words

tatura museum
grace howarth
margaret normington
cr crawford
lyn harrison
lyn trevaskis
bill craven
pearl craven
tatura museum opening

Colour photograph of visitors on opening day of Tatura Museum 6 November 1988

Historical information

Photograph of opening day of Tatura Museum. 1988. In background: Grace Howarth, Margaret Normington (hand on hip), Cr and Mrs Crawford, Lyn Harrison, Lyn Trevaskis, Bill and Pearl Craven.

Inscriptions & Markings

on back: names as below

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handbag

Key words

handbag
camp 3
leather
tatura
sawatsky
frida
weiss
johannes
bulach
gisela
costume
accessory
female
handcrafts
leatherworking

brown leather handbag with flap front held down with leather lace looped around leather button.|The handle is a leather rope which goes through and over the bottom of the hand bag.|Fully lined with green cotton|initials FS on middle of flap in metal

Historical information

Made by Johannes Weiss for Frida Sawatsky. Used in Camp 3

Inscriptions & Markings

FS in Brass on front of bag.

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Booklet - Achieving Together A history of the Tatura Primary School 1874 - 1995

Booklet cream cover. Picture of Tatura school boy premiership team 1959 on front cover. A history of Tatura Primary School 1874-1995. A celebration of 25 years at the new school. 39 pages.

Historical information

A History of the Tatura Primary School 1874 to 1995. Compiled by School Council 1995. Dawes and Vary, Trevaskis Engineering and Bruce McTier and Associates contributed to cost of printing.

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Folio - Hans Ernest Fleischer

Key words

dunera
8th employment co
books
biography

Black plastic multi ringed folder with clear plastic sleeves containing personal records and photos.

Historical information

Prepared by Fleischer's daughter.

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Photograph - original - Tatura Coursing Club 1933

Original photograph of members of Tatura Coursing Club 1933.

Historical information

Original photograph of Committee and stewards of Tatura Coursing Club 1933. There has been a Coursing Club in Tatura since early 1900's.

Inscriptions & Markings

on back: Committee and stewards Tatura Coursing Club 1933

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Dolls Pram

Key words

otto gottlieb
ruth gottlieb
camp wood woord
camp wood work

Timber pram on metal rectangular "Wheels". Red metal handles. Sides are painted grey and trimmed in red. Hand painted animals, sea creatures, boats and a lighthouse.

Historical information

The pram was made by Otto Gottlieb, for his daughter Ruth's fifth birthday. Otto and family were internees in camp 3.

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Painting - Watercolour

Key words

tatura
dunera
internee camps
illiustrations
watercolour

Framed watercolour painting of Tatura Internment Camp 4 outbuildings and fencing.

Historical information

Dr. Leonhard Adam was an internee in Camp 2.

Inscriptions & Markings

No.4 Camp Tatura Victoria, Leonhard Adam, 16th August, 41

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Knitting Needles

Key words

knitting needles
graze t
camp 3
tatura
ww2
handcrafts
knitting

4 knitting needles made from barbed wire.

Historical information

Made for Wife, Gertrude Graze

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Book - Ardmona Cricket Club History - The Premiership Years

Key words

armona cricket club

A4 46 page history of Ardmona Cricket Club Premiership years 1959/60, 1960/61, 1961/62. Photocopies of items from local papers and players details. See also L0712-L0718 for photographs, reunion and CD of reunion etc.

Historical information

History of Ardmona Cricket Club premiership years.

Inscriptions & Markings

Ardmona Sport 1950-60's. History of Ardmona.

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Photograph - Former irrigation Trust Office

Key words

irrigation trust office
tatura doctors residence
reilly family residence

black and white photograph of building being restored to be used as museum

Historical information

Photograph of 49 Hogan Street Tatura, former Irrigation Trust Office, Doctors residence, Reilly family residence. Being restored as Irrigation and Local History Museum

Inscriptions & Markings

49 Hogan Street 1986

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Book - service

Key words

tatura
books
military

Record os service book with buff coloured card cover. Issued by Australian military forces. Has Australian crest/emblem (kangaroo,emu crest) on front cover. Name of serviceman at top of front cover. 2 photographs of serviceman on P. 5

Historical information

Service book of former "Dunera" internee at Camp4 Tatura. HMT "Dunera" internmees became members of the Australian Military Forces. W.H. Emden was a Jewish "Dunera" Serviceman.

Inscriptions & Markings

V377979 Sjt Emden W.H.

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