Bonegilla Migrant Experience

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Bonegilla Migrant Experience

Bonegilla Migrant Experience
4.5
Monday
10:00 AM - 4:00 PM
Saturday
10:00 AM - 4:00 PM
Sunday
10:00 AM - 4:00 PM
About
Bonegilla Migrant Reception and Training Centre was once made up of 24 blocks. It had its own churches, banks, sporting fields, cinema, hospital, police station and railway platform. Today, Block 19 is all that remains of the original site. Bonegilla Migrant Experience brings to life the stories and experiences of the people who travelled through the centre. The Bonegilla story began in the years following World War II, when millions of people seeking a new start and peace, departed for Australia. An army camp at Bonegilla was transformed into a migrant reception and training centre where new arrivals lived while they were processed and allocated jobs. Bonegilla became the largest and longest operating reception centre in the post-war era. More than 300,000 migrants passed through its doors between 1947 and 1971, with most of those originating from non-English speaking European countries. They had diverse arrival and settlement experiences. Many migrants recall arriving lonely and confused, unsure of where they were going and what they would be doing. Others saw Bonegilla as a place of hope, symbolic of a new start. Today, Block 19 is a public memory place. The site and its associated oral, written and pictorial records in the Bonegilla Collection at the Albury Library/Museum bring to light post-war immigration policies and procedures that changed the composition and size of the Australian population.
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4 contributions
Life in bonegilla
Jan. 2020 • Family
So many memories of bonegilla we lived there for quite a few years my mum brought us 4 girls and our brother on her own and had a job as a cleaner life as a child was good we went swimming in the hHume what watched movies played with other children and of course getting into some trouble at times food for me was good as my mum managed somehow to make us polish dish of pyrogy by the time I left bonegilla I spoke 3 languages German polish and English
Written 19 December 2020
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bishop13
wellington, New Zealand135 contributions
Very interesting
Jul. 2020 • Couples
Fascinating to look around the place where so many people started out their new life in Australia. Great amount and quality of information and very well presented. Very worthwhile thanks (free too)
Written 9 July 2020
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RossofIslington
Christchurch, New Zealand150 contributions
If you like nostalgia you will love this.
Mar. 2020
Being a tourist from NZ I found the Bonegilla MIgrant Experience very informative, interesting, eye opening and full of nostalgia. In reception was a male volunteer who excellently informed us of how to access the facilities and prove great insight into what the place would have been like when it was in use. Thank you for taking the time to do that. Many of the buildings are open to the public with at time drawdropping static displays. Entry is free. Came away very humbled at how some people had to begin life in a new country.
Written 28 March 2020
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Jo B
Craigieburn, Australia333 contributions
Interesting side step back in time and FREE!
Feb. 2020 • Couples
We saw a road sign for this attraction and decided to check it out. Entry is free or you can pay $12 for guided tour at specified times eg 11am and 2 pm. We did self tour as we arrived at about 12:30. The remaining buildings are only one of 24 areas of this massive migrant camp used from about 1950-1971. Lots of photos, exhibits and personal stories, but on a 30 degree day you appreciate the difficulty of living in uninsulated tin huts with no heating or cooling on hot days or cold nights. The camp was much bigger than I imagined back then , housing up to 8000 at a time. Some were just glad to be out of war zones alive, others were dismayed at unfamiliar no frills food, delays in getting jobs, and professional people being tagged as labourers or domestics. There is provision for visitors with personal links to the camp to post messages for others to read. There are also books with migrant file cardS that include photos and basic details. It was an interesting side step on our road trip .
Written 23 February 2020
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Lubosh_3690
Wodonga, Australia2 contributions
Amazing piece of REAL history
Mar. 2019
What is best about this place is its authenticity. It's not a display of some artefacts, it is where it actually all happened. Tens of thousands of people went through this camp. One of my colleagues I worked with in Canberra shared his memories with me and this is exactly what he said - hot and remote, this was almost like "training" for new migrants to adapt to the Australian conditions...
This is the place I always recommend to see first to everyone visiting Wodonga!
Written 25 January 2020
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Thank you for your kind words, we really appreciate your review! We hope you enjoyed your time in Albury/Wodonga and hope to see you again! Were you able to catch one of our tours or learn how to do some family research for your colleague? If you are ever looking for more information around the family history, please be in touch. Kind regards, Ash
Written 27 January 2020
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memee08
Perth, Australia441 contributions
Absolutely worth visiting
Oct. 2019
Well set up to present the experiences and emotions of the thousands of migrants who arrived in Australia between 1949-1971. It was really interesting to see the range of reactions of various migrants to their new surroundings, dependant upon where they had come from and at what period of history. I really felt for the residents here as it was freezing walking through the camp in the middle of a day in October, so the Winter nights must have been horrendous. Fascinating experience.
Written 29 December 2019
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Thank you for visiting us and your lovely review. We are so glad to hear you got so much out of your visit. We hope to see you again sometime. Wishing you a Happy New Year. Bonegilla Migrant Experience
Written 1 January 2020
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Bruce F
Dapto, Australia255 contributions
Preserved History
Nov. 2019
Block 19 is all that remains of the Bonegilla Migrant Museum, and by "block" it means quite a few buildings comprising a sort of mini-community. Bonegilla was the first Australian home to many migrants, and in the early days would not have been a very pleasant experience judging from some of the recollection pasted up for study. It was very "basic", but no doubt this would encourage families and individuals to look hard for a job and another home. Two rooms had handwritten comments by people who had lived there, or whose family had done so, and these were poignant, sad and yet reflected the true feelings of those people. The buildings are out in the open (so not for rainy days!) and visitors can see individual rooms, kitchen, dining room and other people spaces. Definitely worth a visit.
Written 26 November 2019
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Hi Bruce, Thank you for visiting Bonegilla Migrant Experience, We appreciate the lovely review and are glad to hear you enjoyed your time with us. We hope to see you again in the near future. Kind regards, The team at Bonegilla Migrant Experience
Written 27 November 2019
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erica6000
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Family history
Nov. 2019 • Family
Here with my son. My parents and my mums family were here in 1959. To see what they went through when the first arrived in Australia was enlightening. My mums main memories were of the heat and the food. Myself and my son enjoyed the visit. Spoke to my brother about my visit. Maybe he will visit one day. He lives in The Netherlands.
Written 13 November 2019
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Thank you for your review. We are glad to hear you had a nice time while visiting us and you were able to share this with your family. We hope to see you and your brother return in the future as the Dutch are a big part of the Bonegilla Migrant Camp's story! Regards, The team at Bonegilla Migrant Experience
Written 27 November 2019
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Gemma R
433 contributions
Step back in time
Nov. 2019 • Family
Didn't know this place existed until my friend who lives in Albury mentioned it.
So glad to have come and visited. Honoured and privileged to see where some migrant experiences started. Piece of Australian history that has been preserved and must be remembered.
Written 9 November 2019
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Thank you for visiting and to your friends for encouraging you to visit. Regards, The team at Bonegilla Migrant Experience.
Written 27 November 2019
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Sylvia S
Melbourne, Australia53 contributions
interesting site
Jun. 2019 • Family
it was great to finally visit the place that we had herd so much about from our parents. Th guides were informative, it was a donation to go in and there was a lot to see and experience
Written 1 July 2019
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Thank you for visiting, we are so glad to hear you had such a lovely time. Were we able to assist you with any family research or finding your parents Bonegilla Identification Cards? If we are able to help direct you with any family research, please be in touch. Kind regards, The team at Bonegilla Migrant Experience.
Written 27 November 2019
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