History of the museum
The original four roomed building, c.1888, was the office building from which the irrigation scheme for the Western Goulburn Valley was developed.
This became a private home and a doctor’s surgery for many years and was later occupied by the Reilly family who owned the Tatura Flour Mills.
The building fell in to disrepair and was purchased by the Rodney Shire Council for the historical society and restored as a museum in 1988. This building now houses local history and the history of irrigation.
Two brick extensions, totalling 200 sq. metres have since been added to house the Wartime Camps Collection, included is a foyer, shop, lecture room and art gallery complete with DVD viewing facilities.
Tatura and District Irrigation and War Time Camps Museum
Membership of the Tatura and District Historical Society Inc.
The Tatura and District Historical Society Inc. was reformed in 1984 several years after an earlier historical society had ceased to operate.
The museum is run by the members of the Tatura and District Historical Society Inc.
Annual membership, payable from 1st July, is $20.00 for individuals and $25.00 per family.
The Historical Society owns the collection housed in the museum and the volunteers are responsible for the upkeep and maintenance of the museum, the cataloguing and conservation of the collection and opening the museum to the public each day.
As the museum is open every day except Christmas Day and Good Friday, a roster of volunteers is needed to keep the museum operating.
We also have volunteers who give talks to bus tours and interested groups if requested.
We are always seeking willing volunteers.
Even if you can only give 2 hours a month you could help at the museum.
Our volunteers are involved in:
recording local history
cleaning and restoration
looking after visitors from around the world.
If you would like to become a member and volunteer your time we would love to hear from you.
Our meetings are held on the 4th Wednesday of each month at 7.30pm at the museum.
Our annual meeting is on the 4th Wednesday of August each year.