Kangaroos enjoying the peaceful surrounds at Bonegilla Migrant Experience
Due to the current lockdowns, you cannot visit Bonegilla Migrant Experience but that doesn’t mean you can’t visit us virtually!
Take a look at our virtual tour [[link removed]] and explore the Bonegilla Migrant Experience via a 3D walk through. Track your own journey through this historic site. There also learning resources available with the virtual tour and under our education section.
Regional Growth Showcase
We are pleased to be presenting at the upcoming Victorian Regional Growth Showcase. It is an online half-day event to build awareness and celebrate the key digital and innovation projects happening across Victoria. To find out more or register to attend click here. [[link removed]]
The showcase will share how the Regional Digital Fund is supporting local communities based on four themes - Connectivity, Digital Hubs, Digital Health and Digital Inclusion. We will be sharing our project ‘Connecting Bonegilla’.
The 'Connecting Bonegilla' project aims to provide reliable internet connection, WiFi across the site and speakers for emergency response system. This project will benefit our team members in the office to work and connected to our internal network, create interactive exhibitions and assist us in the event of a site evacuation.
The buildings of Block 19 are spread out and difficult to see where visitors are on site, once this project is complete, team members will be able to announce over speakers to evacuate the site to assembly area, then follow up to clear anyone remaining in the huts.
Bonegilla Migrant Experience will have the capacity to host events and conferences with WiFi making it easier for presenters to connect and stream to external audience. Current site activities, such as the Suitcase Trail and future exhibitions, will benefit and it will extend the possibilities for future offerings.
During lockdowns, it is nice to hear from people getting around to doing their family research. Although Bonegilla Migrant Experience does not hold historical documents for the site, we can help you with information about where to find them and how to apply. Find out more on our website. [[link removed]]
Meet the team - Glenys
How long have you volunteered/worked at Bonegilla Migrant Experience?
Since October 2015
What do you enjoy most about volunteering/working here?
I have a love for social history. I am able to hear people’s stories, learn from them and share my knowledge. At times it can be very emotional and others utterly delightful. Apart from all that, when it is quiet at Bonegilla, it is just a wonderful, peaceful place to be.
What is your favourite story that has been shared with you from an ex-resident?
Probably two – one at each end of the spectrum. The time I gave a woman the usual introduction to the site and sent her off the watch the newsreel in the Beginning Place. A short time later, she rushed back to tell me that she had just seen her parents, who had since passed away, in the newsreel. The other time is about a woman who had been wandering around the site for more than two hours and had finally sat down in the shade, across from the Welcome Centre. It was hot and she sat there for quite some time, so I took a cup of water to her. She said, she finally understood why her father would never allow lamb to be eaten in her home. He passed away when she was 12, and now she was middle-aged. Food, especially ‘boiled mutton’ is a recurring theme amongst the people we meet and talk to.
Do you volunteer elsewhere in the community?
I have volunteered everywhere from several years as a Sea Scout leader when my children were young; six years as president of an Armoured Corps ex-service association, followed by two years as vice-president and 13 years as treasurer; four years as secretary of Wodonga Urban Landcare Network and I still volunteer in Lou Lieberman Park; treasurer of Wodonga Central Probus Club since 2016 and now secretary as well.
I would like to take this chance to thank our amazing team at Bonegilla Migrant Experience, they all do an amazing job everyday welcoming and touring people around Bonegilla Migrant Experience.
The passion each team member shows through to each and every visitor, it is wonderful to see. Thank you for your strength and support for the site over the past 18 months.
I am looking forward to having you all back at Bonegilla Migrant Experience soon, but until then, stay safe.
Shelley – Team Leader Bonegilla Migrant Experience.
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