Tuesday, 3 April 2012

Bonegilla Migrant Camp

Originally an Army camp, it became a migrant hostel from 1947 to thousands of refugees from Europe. Here the migrants stayed for a month or so, learning English as they waited for a work placement. It is estimated that about half of the migrants who came between 1947 and 1951 lived at Bonegilla.

The Bonegilla hostel still exists, now as a museum and memorial to the new migrants first "Aussie" home. They have recently launched a fantastic website full of information about the hostel and life in the camp.

If you were in Bonegilla you are able to leave a memory and donate to the Tribute wall.

Take some time and look at this excellent resource.

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