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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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Archival File - Rodney Shire Townships c 1886

Grey archival file containing plastic sleeves with photos of Tatura in the early days.

Tatura Irrigation & Wartime Camps Museum, Tatura

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Archival folder - black - Churches Anglican and Uniting

Black folder with cover containing plastic sheets, containing information and newspaper clippings of the two churches. Scanned.

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Archive Box - Camp 4

Grey archive box containing photographs of Camp 4

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Archive Box - Tatura Safety House

Key words

tatura
safety house
tatura safety house
books
minute

Cardboard Archive Box containing Tatura Safety House Committee Minute Books, Information Kit.

Inscriptions & Markings

Labelled "Tatura Safety House" box no 4360

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Archive Box - Camp 3 to Present Day

Camp 3 to present day. Photos - being scanned. Grey archive box.

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Archive Box - Baldwin Family

Key words

tatura
girgarre east
harston
baldwin
atherstone
wilma henderson
documents
biography
photography
photograph
slides
film

Photos and documents re Baldwin Family

Historical information

Photos and Documents re Baldwin Family 1901 -1929

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Archive Box - Shire of Rodney

Key words

shire of rodney
archive
box

Grey Archive Box contains Shire of Rodney records

Inscriptions & Markings

Labelled "Shire of Rodney" and numbered "4359"

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Archive Box - grey - Camp 2

grey archive folder containing photos of camp 3

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Archive Box (reports) - Inquiry into the circumstances of the sinking of the HMAS Sydney

Key words

hmas sydney
hsk kormoran
documents
reports

26 stapled booklets of paper with yellow card covers and 2 bound books of completed report with white cardboard cover with photo of HMAS Sydney. Government report into the sinking of the HMAS Sydney|28 volumes consisting of:|Joint Standing Committee Transcript of 27th March 1998|Joint Standing Committee Transcript of 16th April 1998|Joint Standing Committee Transcript of 17th April 1998|Joint Standing Committee Transcript of 1st May 1998|Joint Standing Committee Transcript of 22nd May 1998|Joint Standing Committee Transcript of 29th May 1998|Index to Submissions and Transcripts of Evidence|Submissions volumes 1 - 19.|2 copies of completed report on the Loss of the HMAS Sydney dated March 1999.

Historical information

Government report into the sinking of the HMAS Sydney compiled by Government Joint Standing Committee in 1998/99

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Archive Folder (grey) - Camp 3 Italians

Key words

camp 3
italian pow's
internment camps in victoria

Grey archive folder containing plastic sheets holding photos of Italian POW's

Historical information

Photos of camp 3 life for the Italian POW's

Inscriptions & Markings

Camp 3 Italians

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Archive Folder (grey) - Camp 3

A grey archival folder containing a collection of photographs in relation to Camp 3 including a sketch of Vollmer.

Historical information

Photographs/sketches of life in Camp 3.

Inscriptions & Markings

Camp 3

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Archive Folder (grey) - Camp 1

Grey archive folder containing photos, etc of Officers mess in Camp 1.

Inscriptions & Markings

Camp 1

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Archive Folder (grey) - Tatura History pre 1950

Grey archive folder containing photographs (scanned) of local Tatura history pre 1950

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Archive Folder (grey) - German Raider HSK Kormoran

Grey archival folder containing photographs and documents in regard to HSK Kormoran and crew. (scanned)

Historical information

Information on HSK Kormoran and crew

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Archive Folder (grey) - Camp 13

Grey archive folder containing photos of camp 13 compound.

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Archive Folder (grey) - Camp 3 Compound

Grey archive folder containing photos of camp 3 compound.

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Archive Folder (grey) - Camp 13

archive folder with photos - being scanned

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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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Archive Folder (grey) - Dhurringile POW Camp

Grey archival folder containing photographs of Dhurringile POW camp.

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Archive Folder (grey) - Museum events and visitors

Grey archival folder containing scanned photograph - to be indexed

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Archive Folder (grey) - Garrison

Grey archival folder containing scanned photograph - to be indexed

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Archive Folder (grey) - James Brady Family

Key words

annie hogan
thomas hogan
james brady

grey archival folder containing family photographs and letters, including wedding photograph of Annie and James Brady and letter written by James Brady to family 2 May 1930.

Historical information

Assorted photographs and letters. Annie Hogan, daughter of Thomas and Annie Hogan married James Brady. Lived at 43 Ross Street, Tatura.

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Archive Folder (grey) - HSK Kormoran HMAS Sydney

scanned

Historical information

Photographs and info. to be updated

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Archive Folder (grey) - Camp 1 Internees, photographs

grey archival folder containing information and photographs of camp 1. (has been scanned)

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Archive Folder (grey) - Camp 3

has been scanned.

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Archive Folder (grey) - Internment Camp 4

scanned

Historical information

Japanese families and several Chinese families from the Dutch East Indies

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Army cap - Australian Army Officer's cap.

Australian Army Officer's khaki wool barathea peaked hat with brown leather chin strap, with 'Rising Sun" cap badge.

Historical information

Worn by Warrant Officer Jim Trevaskis from Tatura, during W.W.2

Tatura Irrigation & Wartime Camps Museum, Tatura

Army Rehabilitation booklet - Australian Military Forces Army Rehabilitation

Key words

tatura
army
colliver
rehabilitation
world war ii

Australian Military Forces Army Rehabilitation Booklet. Advice to Army personnel awaiting discharge 1944. Small paper booklet.

Historical information

In possession of James Colliver.

Inscriptions & Markings

A.A. book 84, Revised January 1944.

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Army Service Ribbons

Key words

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

Brass bar - 4 sections - with a pin - with navy blue, red,light blue, green, yellow, white and fawn coloured ribbons. 2 gold coloured 6 pointed stars and 2 silver medals are attached to four ribbons

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

1 - GRT V1 The 1939-1945 star 2 - GRT V2 The Pacific Star 3 - G.Br.Omn.Rex et Indiae Imp. Georg 1VS head and crown. Lion 1939-1945 K. G. Luke Melbourne

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Army Service Ribbons

Key words

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

Brass bar - 4 sections - with a pin - with 4 Army service ribbons attached. Colours are navy blue, red, medium blue, green, yellow, white, light blue and cream ribbons.

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.

Tatura Irrigation & Wartime Camps Museum, Tatura