Wednesday, 11 April 2012

Bathurst Migrant Camp

Having just posted on the Bonegilla Migrant camp, I thought I would find out what is available on the Internet for Bathurst Migrant camp. At the end of the WWII the former army camp became a migrant reception and training Centre for European refugees and displaced persons. It was one of the major migrant reception centres in Australia, accepting around 100,000 migrants between 1948 and 1952.

The Migration Heritage Centre of NSW has created a website that looks at the camp, peoples experiences and contains photographs and documents. You can have a look at the website here.

This site links to further webpages that looks at the Post WWII migration in a site called Belongings. It contains stories from different migrants that can be searched on by country of origin, arrival date, place of departure. Unfortunately there is no Lithuanian story recorded. The site features information on how to care for our materials. It appears there is no dedicated museum to the Bathurst migrant camp, there is a memorial site you can visit and local museums where I am sure more information can be found.

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