Plaque unveiled at museum

December 12, 2017

Tatura and District Historical Society president Steve Barnard addresses the crowd.

Tim McCurdy, Michael Pearce, German Embassy Charge d affaires Gerda Winkler and Lawrence Larmer at Tatura's German War Cemetery where a ceremony was held for the unveiling of a plaque recognising it's historical significance.

Tim McCurdy, Gerda Winkler Greater Shepparton City mayor Kim O’Keefe Tatura and District Historical Society president Steve Barnard.

On Sunday, November 19, Gerda Winkler, Charge d affaires from the Embassy of the Federal Republic of Germany, together with City of Greater Shepparton Mayor Kim O’Keeffe unveiled a plaque certifying the museum’s war time camps collection as being of historic significance as recognised by Heritage Victoria.

For our collection to be recognised by Heritage Victoria in this way is vindication for the enormous effort and dedication contributed by our volunteers over many years.

It was wonderful to have Ms Winkler participate as the Tatura Historical Society has enjoyed a close friendship and excellent working relationship with the German Embassy for a long time.

Additionally a big chunk of our collection consists of items donated by the German community, something for which we are extremely grateful.

We were also delighted to have Kim O’Keeffe participate because we have enjoyed great support from the City of Greater Shepparton in recent times.

With a grant from council we have been able to acquire new display cabinets and construct shelving specifically designed to protect and store fragile and aged documents.

Council has also been supportive of our aspirations to extend our building.

All in all this was a memorable and significant day for Tatura Historical Society and we sincerely thank all those who attended and participated in the unveiling.

— Tatura Historical Society

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