Local History

History of Tatura

Photo of mosaics

Glass mosaics depicting the history of Tatura.

TATURA means small lagoon.
Tatura was declared a town in 1874 and was the centre of the Rodney Shire from 1886 --1994.
In 1994 it was amalgamated into the City of Greater Shepparton.
A Tatura history book is available from the museum for $15 which gives the history of the town until 1969.

Local Families

The museum has a collection of local family histories and hundreds of photographs.
We would welcome the donation of any historical information and photographs relating to local families.

Industries

4 panel image of local industries

There are several vibrant industries in Tatura.
The largest industries in the town are Unilever Aust. (formally Rosella), Tatura Milk Industries, Snow Brand (a joint venture with a Japanese company), the Department of Sustainability and Environment where the Tatura Trellis was developed and Goulburn Murray Water.
Former industries were Bartlett Cordials, Cleckheaton and Tatura Flour Mills.
The museum has records and photographs relating to all of these.

Dhurringile Mansion

dhurringile mansion in WW2

Dhurringile Mansion as a POW camp during WWII

Built in 1877 for James Winter "Dhurringile" was among the largest rural homes built in Australia. The 65 room mansion was sold to Everard Browne, the son of novelist "Rolf Bolderwood" in 1907 and from then on had a chequered history. It was used as a Prisoner of War camp to detain German officers held in Australia in World War II. After the war it became a boys home for the Presbyterian Church and it is currently a low security prison.

Cussen Park

pelican in cussen park

Pelican in Cussen Park

Cussen Park is 33 hectares of land on the edge of town developed as a wildlife haven by a committee of volunteers. It consists of walking tracks, bird hides, wetlands, woodlands, bird life and open spaces.
The public facilities also include a large picnic rotunda, a unisex toilet and parking bays.

Other Significant Places

9 panel image of other significant places in Tatura

Other significant places in Tatura include old homes, churches, the Victory Hall, the band rotunda, town clock, 3 historic hotels, the Robert Mactier V.C. Memorial Gardens, the Wilson Memorial, court house, Lake Bartlett, Bicentennial Collage Columns and Mosaic Murals.