From Bonegilla Migrant Experience <[email protected]>
Subject Find out what's new at Bonegilla Migrant Experience
Date March 30, 2020 5:26 AM
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March, 2020

Pictured above: The Beer Garden at Hume Club under redevelopment with new plantings.


COVID-19 (coronavirus) information

We would like to inform you that due to advice from the Victorian Government around COVID-19, Bonegilla Migrant Experience is temporarily closed from Tuesday, March 24 until further notice.

We encourage you to explore our website and follow us on Facebook and Instagram for further updates.

We hope you stay safe and we look forward to welcoming you back to Bonegilla Migrant Experience soon.


Site works update

Restumping is now complete in the majority of our buildings (and the white ants at bay), with Tudor Hall and The Chapel works nearing completion.

By mid-April 2020 we plan to see our third and final building, The Mess Hall completed.

The Hume Club gardens are almost finished, the freshly painted white rocks, really pop in the space.


Tudor Hall restoration works in progress with internal walls removed.


Hume Club gardens landscaping works in progress.


New seating for school and group tours adjacent to The Beginning Place.


Handmade quilt is one for the ages

A quilt will become part of Bonegilla Migrant Experience’s history after a group fulfilling "Work for the Dole" requirements donated their handmade item to the national heritage site.

The presentation was a reunion of sorts for past migrant and CVGT activities co-ordinator Chris Assigal who supervised the hands-on activity run by CVGT and Envision Employment Services.

Mr Assigal spent a year at the site after arriving from Germany with his family in 1969.

“This has been a special project, something that is close to my heart,” he said.

He has fond memories of his stay at the camp when he was 10 years old.

“We did a lot of fishing, learned some English and played Aussie rules with other small schools,” he said.

“I enjoy going back every chance I get and whenever visitors from overseas come, I take them for a visit.”

Mr Assigal said it had been rewarding to see the project, funded by the Department of Employment Skills, Small Business and Family, go from a concept to a finished product.

The 2.3m by 3m quilt represents the history of the migrant centre and involved 16 people on rotation to complete the project over six months.

Participants printed more than 1000 photographs and old newspaper clippings to be included on the quilt and narrowed them down to a storyboard.

“The interest from participants was very positive and they attended regularly,” Mr Assigal said.

“We did a lot of research on the migrant camp and took some participants to Bonegilla where they took photos and learnt about the site.

“They had to learn how to sew and one of the participants even went and joined sewing classes afterwards. She has gone on to create quilts of her own that she hopes to sell at markets.”

The quilt will be on display in Tudor Hall once re-stumping work on the building has been completed.


Why not take a virtual tour?

While we are temporarily closed there is still the option to take a virtual tour of Block 19. Visit our website [[link removed]]to access the virtual tour and learning resources.


Memorial Sculpture

With more than 1000 plaques already installed on The Arc memorial sculpture, get yours now! The process just got easier with a new online order form. Click here to submit your application. [[link removed]]


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