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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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5271 items

5271 items

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Folio - "Kormoran" Commemoration.

Key words

documents
reports

Black folder containing photos and printed material in plastic sleeves.

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Model - Ship in Bottle

Key words

camp 1 internees
internee crafts
ship in bottle
haakon nilsen

Grey and red wooden model sailing ship in a glass bottle. Background modelled to represent a port scene, Lighthouse, cliffs and huts. Also has wooden stand specifically made to hold model ship in a bottle.

Historical information

Made by internee at camp 1.

Inscriptions & Markings

102 Haakon Nilsen 1984

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Sewing Kit

Key words

private reginald eicke
military accessories

Green cotton material made into a pouch to contain mending items and spare buttons. Includes darning needles and cottons (19 tin buttons).

Historical information

Used by Reginald Eicke during his service in WW2 and as a internment camp guard.

Inscriptions & Markings

R. Eicke. T (in ink on the hem)

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Report - Guidelines for Water Resource Planning 1977

Key words

irrigation

Typed reports about water management in Victoria

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Ironing Board

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ironing board
wied l
camp 3
tatura
ww2
domestic
laundering

Handmade wooden sleeve ironing board, padded with woollen army blanket piece. Applied with tacks

Historical information

Used by internees from Camp 3

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Book - Yates Annual 1941

Key words

yates garden catalogue
growing roses
growing annuals

On front cover photograph of colourful columbines on banks of Derwent River Tasmania. On back cover colour photograph of best six roses for 1941. Information about Yates seeds, plants and bulbs.

Historical information

Yates Annual 1941 Catalogue

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Document

Key words

camp 1 hospital
matron beatrice moore

A clear plastic front cover- left margin white strip on black plastic which extends to back cover. Main heading " Camp 1 hospital Tatura World War 2. Recollections by Beatrice Moore (ex R.A.N.S)

Historical information

The opening address of stage 2 of our museum - Recollections of Sister Pat Slater 1944 including some of the Cowra casualities. Restoration.

Inscriptions & Markings

As above

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Audio Tape - Radio interview on 3SR with Haakon Nilsen

Key words

audio
visual
technology
accessory

Historical information

Radio interview on 3SR with Haakon Nilsen, Norwegian seaman who operated an illegal radion in Camp 1 during WW2.

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Photograph - copy - Tatura Football Team 1948

Black and white photograph of Tatura Football team 1948. Copy

Historical information

Copy of Tatura 1st 18 football team 1948. Original 261.1

Inscriptions & Markings

on back: Tatura 1st 18 1948. Names of Team:

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Card - Christmas

Key words

private kilmartin
christmas cards 1941

Christmas card inside envelope sent by Private Leo Kilmartin to Mr Bill Carmody and family (may be neighbour). Envelope has a one penny stamp. Card is sent from Army Base Darwin and is official army stationary. A stamp of approval from security is evident. 1941

Historical information

Wartime Christmas mail kept by the family following Private Kilmartin's death a few months later.

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Photograph

Key words

football team c 1900
hogan jack
three photos
photograph
people

Football Team c.1900

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Photograph

Key words

irrigation
waranga

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Photograph - original - Tatura Football Team

Key words

tatura football club

Black and white copy of photograph of Tatura Football Team. Premiers 1952

Historical information

Original photograph of Tatura Football team. Premieres 1952. Belonged to Neil Colliver. Photograph on foam core stored in archive box of local history photographs.

Inscriptions & Markings

on back: names of team

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Photograph - copy

Key words

camp 13
murchison victoria
internment camps
german pow's
interment camp memorials

Copy of black and white photograph. German eagle surmounting iron cross set in stone work. Garden beds on both sides. Tree and hut in background.

Historical information

Copy of original black and white photograph of memorial to German POW's erected in grounds of Camp 13.

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Table linen

Tablecloth and two serviettes in bone linen.

Historical information

These items were brought to Australia by the hotel's owner Mrs Heselschwerdt, who was interned in Australia during W.W 2 and donated to the museum.

Inscriptions & Markings

"Hotel Galilee Nazareth" woven into tablecloth. Serviettes are crocheted around edges with fine Arabic stitching.

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Photograph - CWA Murchison Ball 1934

Key words

tatura
balls
costume
female
male

CWA and Younger Set Murchison Ball 1934. Group photo on the dancefloor.

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Book - Katamatite first 100 years

Key words

katamatite
katamatite early settlers
katamatite farming community
katamatite community services

Historical information

Record of life and events in the development of Katamatite and District. 1876-1976 history of Katamatite to include early settlers, farming and community services etc.

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Folder - Squatters' Runs in the 1840's

Key words

squatters runs
aboriginal tribal lands
cummeragunga
aboriginal history

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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Making A Crust In The Depression and Entertaining Ourselves When Young

Key words

farming in the 1900's
life on the land

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

Historical information

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

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Document - Story of Italian taken prisoner of war in Africa and sent to Tatura

Key words

italian pow
adrian batterson
billeting
farm life

A4 folder with 8 pages. 2 photos included.

Historical information

Fiction based on true story. Story of Italian taken prisoner of war in Africa and sent to Tatura, Australia. He is billeted out to a farmer at Tylden, Central Victoria. Describes life on the farm. Returns to Italy after war but then returns to the Victorian farm. Marries and moves to Gilgarre. His son becomes a league football player, Adrian Batterson. Attached are two photos of people in the story.

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Book - The Rodney Store 1905-2005

Key words

rodney general store, merrigum

White cover, title in black. Photograph of store, in oval frame, on front cover.

Historical information

Compiled by Merrigum Historical society. A brief history of Rodney General Store in Merrigum.

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Photograph - Tatura Football 1932

Key words

photograph
people

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Photographs - aerial photos of Tatura 1959

2 photos

Historical information

Two aerial photos of Tatura 1959

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Button

Key words

australian army nursing service
sister kathleen heaphy
28 camp hospital internment camp 1

round brass button with a metal shank. Crown and map of Australia and wording around the circumference. A split pin is through the shanks.

Historical information

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

Australian Military Forces A crown and map of Australia

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Photographs of Tatura - two photos and one concertina pictorial folder.

Key words

tatura
tatura paper

Photo of Patricia and Gwen Clawes, daughters of Charles George Gordon who was a journalist at the local paper, circa 1925. On the back of the small photo folder showing pictures of street scenes in Tatura, is written "From the Anderson family".

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Video tape - Sir Ronald East

Key words

irrigation
victoria state rivers and water supply commission
sir ronald east

VHS Video Tape - Murray-Darling Basin Commission

Historical information

Interview made with Sir Ronald East (Long term Chairman of State Rivers and Water Supply Commission from 1937 - 1965) and part of a longer tape made by the MDBC.

Inscriptions & Markings

Murray-Darling Basin Commission Sir Ronald East 5-6-1993

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Booklet - Family History - Kyela - vol 1 no 2 1968

Key words

kyela no 2
taripta school
kyabram district
tatura
books
history
local

Booklet containing information on heraldry in Western Goulburn Valley. Local Genealogy and District development. Taripta School.

Historical information

Kyela, Vol. 1 No. 2 Journal of Ky and District Historical Society

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Book - Stalag Australia

Key words

stalag australia
german pows
camp 13
dhurringile
ww2 camp 13

Black hard cover book, white dust cover with black and red text and a photo of the monument in Murchison POW Camp 13 on the front cover.

Historical information

Stalag Australia vividly and accurately reconstructs the story of Germans and their experiences as prisoners of war.

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Photograph - Obituary - Margarette Bidwell

Key words

bedwell
margarette's obituary
photograph
people

Historical information

Extract from Tatura Guardian 31.03.1944

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Photograph - German blockade runner "Ramses"

Historical information

Image downloaded from internet. German blockade runner "Ramses" being fitted out in Japan, c.1942. Captured in Pacific by HMAS "Adelaide", crew offloaded at Fremantle, and interned firstly at Camp 1, then following their reclassification as POWs, in Camp 13 and Dhurringile for the officers.

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