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 white 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.
Currently we are researching the migrant camp which was situated near Rushworth.
This camp was converted from a POW camp to a Commonwealth Immigration Camp after the end of WW2 and was used as a migrant camp until 1953.
We have a great deal of information about the war time internment camps but little is known about the time the camp was used as a migrant hostel.
We would very much like any information, personal stories or photos with which we can piece together this important episode in our local history.
If you can help please contact the museum using the details on our "Contact Us" page
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.
Tatura is 167kms north of Melbourne and 21kms west of Shepparton.
The Museum is on the corner of Ross Street (Tatura-Murchison Road) and Hogan Street Tatura
Monday - Friday 1.00pm - 3.00pm
Saturday / Sunday Public Holidays 2.00pm - 4.00pm
Bus trips and groups by arrangement
Tatura Irrigation & Wartime Camps Museum
49 Hogan St.
Postal address P.O. Box 156
Phone 03 58242111
Email: Please use our form on our "contact" page
$5 Adults $ 4 concession $ 2 children under 12
The museum is run entirely by volunteers and is which is totally dependent on entry fees and sales for its upkeep. Major projects have been funded with Local, State and Federal Government grants. Donations of $ 2 or more are tax deductible.
All content and photographs on this website are protected by copyright
Photographs are by Kaye Watson of Tatura, Susan Morey of Bonnie Doon and from our collection at the museum.
Sketches are by Val Rokahr of Tatura and from our collection at the museum.
Copies can be requested from the Tatura Museum.