Victoria, Tatura, Tatura Pet Art Work Show (PAWS)

EVENT DATE:  Friday 20 November – Sunday 22 November 2015151021_The Mechanics Institute Tatura submitted by Vaughan Patullock

The Tatura Pet Art Work (TaturaPAWS) Art Show in November celebrates the art works created through the Tatura Pet Art Workshops in 2015.

Participants have included mostly dogs of all shapes and sizes from rescue dogs to working dogs and, of course, the family pampered pooch. However, a delightful array of cats, horses, a rabbit, chooks, ducks and more have also participated. These can be seen in detail on the Tatura PAWS Facebook page.

Tatura PAWS (Pet Art Work Show) is a 2015 local initiative promoting community engagement through pets and art. Pets and owners attend workshops where pets walk through paint then onto a canvas to create a unique piece of art which is then exhibited at the art show. The workshops were set up to celebrate the artistic capabilities of local pets and also to fund raise for three local organisations following the show;

  • The local Pet Rescue organisation
  • Victory Hall and the Mechanics Institute renovation funds
  • The Rodney Creative Artists group

We are presenting these art works over a three day show event in November. On Friday night hot savories are included in the entry, while on Saturday and Sunday there will be a cafe serving Devonshire Teas and light lunches operating.

Date:  Friday 20 November – Sunday 22 November 2015
Venue:  The Mechanics Institute
Address:  75 Hogan St Tatura
Time:  7pm – 10pm Friday night, 10am – 5pm Saturday and Sunday
Entry:  Friday – $15, Saturday and Sunday – $5, Children under 12 – Free


The “Tatura Civic Halls Complex” as it is known locally, is made up of two historical Halls.

The Tatura Mechanics Institute was built in 1882 and was the first public building in Tatura, immediately becoming the centre of community activity in the rich farming locality of Tatura, often known as the “Jewel in the Crown of The Goulburn Valley”. The first Church Services were held there along with School classes, and all community public meetings. Along with this it also held the library and was the entertainment hub for the community, right up to and during WWI.

Immediately after WWI ended the community leaders of the day decided to build a Commemorative hall to the fallen from the local area and so the idea for another hall next to the Mechanics Institute was formed. There was a long community fund raising program undertaken and it was not until 1925 that the building commenced.

The unveiling of the foundation stone by Pompey Elliott was in September 1925, however it was not until March 1926 that Lord Stonehaven the then Governor General flew to Tatura, (yes actually flew, in one of those newfangled aeroplanes) and performed the official public opening of “Victory Hall “as it had been named. The Tatura Civic Halls Complex has been home to many community groups. The Tatura Sub Branch of the RSL moved into the two front rooms of the Mechanics Institute in 1947 just after WWII, the Rodney Art Group calls it home and many other local groups.