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Students step back in time

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August 23, 2017

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Tatura Primary School’s years 3 and 4 students got a taste of Tatura’s past when they visited the Tatura Irrigation and Wartime Camps Museum last week.

Students were welcomed by Tatura Historical Society president Steve Barnard who touched on the history of the town, particularly during World War II.

He spoke to students about the rich history of the internment and prisoner of war camps established in the town’s surrounds.

The students were full of questions, including how the children would go to school when they were housed in the camps.

‘‘They actually set up their own schools in the camps,’’ Mr Barnard told students and said that many housed in the camps had been teachers.

Teacher Donna Crosbie said the visit came as part of their unit on local history.

‘‘We’ve been looking at the history of Tatura,’’ Ms Crosbie said.

‘‘So as part of the unit we have done a town walk as well as the visit to the museum.’’

Students immersed themselves in the old photographs, tools, toys and clothing in the museum’s many rooms.

‘‘Thank you so much to the Tatura Museum for having us,’’ Ms Crosbie said.

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