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Bonegilla Migrant Experience

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Bonegilla Rd | Nr. Wodonga, Bonegilla, Victoria 3691, Australia
+61 2 6020 6912
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A moving insight into the lives of immigrants in the mid 1900's

This is a place well worth visiting, especially for descendants of those people who came through... read more

Reviewed 4 weeks ago
Graham J
Wagga Wagga, Australia
Amazing place to visit, especially if your family came through here

Managed to do the tour - very informative, especially as my parents came through here. The guide... read more

Reviewed 11 July 2017
Melbourne, Australia
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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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Bonegilla Rd | Nr. Wodonga, Bonegilla, Victoria 3691, Australia
+61 2 6020 6912
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Reviewed 4 weeks ago

This is a place well worth visiting, especially for descendants of those people who came through the camp from the late 40's to the early 70's or anyone like myself who has had the good fortune to work with any of them. What a culture...More

Thank Graham J
Reviewed 11 July 2017

Managed to do the tour - very informative, especially as my parents came through here. The guide was very knowledgable and the tour covered everything you could know about life in the centre.

1  Thank zsuzsi0507
Reviewed 5 July 2017 via mobile

Did the school holiday jewellery program. It was fantastic. Well worth the money and lovely lunch. My 9 11 and 13 yr olds loved it

Thank Eden O
Reviewed 29 June 2017 via mobile

This is a great small part of Australian history, even more so if you have a family connection to the site. Only a fraction of the original site remains but we were given a great history of it all by staff at the reception area....More

Thank Ken R
Reviewed 23 May 2017 via mobile

I was a little disappointed because it was poorly organised I appreciate it is run by volunteers but it has the potential to be a much better experience I travelled from Queensland and expected more from Bonegilla Thank you to all who volunteer their time.

Thank JEA48
Reviewed 19 April 2017

This is a brilliant insight to our early immigrants and the end of White Policy Australia. In order to appreciate the rich history of this place, I highly recommend that you take a guided tour. Learn about how important it was for Australia to begin...More

Thank Joseph P
Reviewed 8 March 2017 via mobile

This facility is run by volunteers who do a very good job. You may take a guided tour which lasts at least an hour. There are a couple of interactive displays which are very interesting. There is a bit of a walk so I would...More

1  Thank Cheryl V
Reviewed 4 March 2017

From 1947 many thousands of displaced persons from Europe following WW2 spent time here before moving into the general community.There is a comprehensive overview of what life was like for the new arrivals.We did not allow enough time to absorb all that was displayed -...More

1  Thank RonaldMunro
Reviewed 7 February 2017

Children's activities were great.... kept the children's interest! The displays are on the whole very well done and touching them helped the children to enjoy the place more! The animation with clay is one of the best and most memorable parts of the exhibition. Our...More

1  Thank Littlefarm
Reviewed 2 February 2017

My interest was from September 1940 Army days through to Migrant experience. Reception persons very helpful with initial explanations. Suggested walking route well marked. Very interesting to see the range of areas that occupied only one remaining block of such a much larger area in...More

1  Thank Peter M
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