New Tatura gallery opening

By James Bennett

Exciting times at the historic Tatura Irrigation and Wartime Camps Museum, with the official opening of the new gallery this Sunday.

After a seven-month renovation the Tatura Museum Exhibition Gallery will be better equipped to house significant collections.

The first exhibition is Migration and the Refugee: The Art of Erwin Fabian.

The German-born artist was deported from London to Australia in 1940 with 2000 other 'enemy aliens', and these days, at the age of 103, is widely recognised as an exceptional sculptor and painter.

Greater Shepparton City Council Mayor Kim O'Keeffe and special guest veteran journalist Jana Wendt will open the gallery and exhibition.

The community is invited to experience the exhibition and facility on Sunday.

Greater Shepparton City Council manager neighbourhoods Amanda Tingay said the works have made a great difference to the building.

"It may not look very different from the outside but the inside works have transformed the space," Ms Tingay said.

"The building has extended 240 square metres, which will allow for more exhibiting space as well as more storage space, which will be better for preserving the collection.

"This has been an impressive project for the building and on behalf of council we would like to thank the Historical Society for their generous contribution of $81 000." The museum will be open on Sunday from 1pm, with official proceedings starting at 2pm.

Tickets are $30 at the door, with proceeds going to the museum.