Tomorrow marks 50 years since the Bonegilla Migrant Reception and Training Centre closed to migrant accommodation after 24 years of operation and more than 320,000 people coming to Bonegilla as their first stop in Australia.
To acknowledge the anniversary, we have been sharing a series of news stories, interesting facts, photos, and Facebook posts.
Read more here
Daughter's Journey to Discover Family History [[link removed]]
Remembering Bonegilla [[link removed]]
Bonegilla Migrant Experience just keeps getting better [[link removed]]
Bridging the communication gap [[link removed]]
Read more about Bonegilla's End [[link removed]]
Image: NAA A12111, 1/1961/22/1
As a Child pop-up exhibition
A child's view of Bonegilla, the journey to a different country, a new landscape, a new language and making a new home in Australia is depicted in the latest pop-up exhibition at Bonegilla Migrant Experience.
Featuring items on loan from the Bonegilla Collection [[link removed]] at Albury LibraryMuseum, the pop-up exhibition located in the Tudor Hall comprises Discovery Cupboards with items that children and families brought with them for their journey to Australia.
On display from Monday, December 20, 2021 to Sunday, April 24, 2022.
Adult $5 | Concession $4 | Children 16 years and under free
Summer at Bonegilla
Bonegilla Migrant Experience will be operating guided tours daily at 11am during the Victorian school holidays, commencing on Sunday, December 26. Bookings are recommended but not essential. Tours will run for the first 20 people.
Please phone (02) 6020 6912.
Cost: Adults $17, Concession $14, Children 16 years and under $9, (includes admission to site).
We would like to take the opportunity to welcome Hollie to the Bonegilla team. Hollie has taken on the role of co-ordinator onsite and can assist you with site enquiries and tour bookings.
We would also like to welcome new volunteers to the team Shayne and Nicole, thank you for choosing to join our team and assisting visitors to our site.
Recent visitor experience
We enjoy hearing stories from our visitors.
98-year-old Amalia Lenaz (wearing sunglasses in picture) came through Bonegilla at the age of 25.
From Italy she travelled to Germany then Australia per Castle Bianco departing Genoa in September 1950. Such an amazing lady, so many memories of life at Bonegilla.
Amelia recalled the bed being uncomfortable and ‘top to bottom’ change of sheets once a week. The Wangaratta resident recently visited the site with family and friends.
The Arc Memorial sculpture plaques
It is now too close to Christmas to get a plaque finalised, but we are able to assist with a certificate for you to present to family members to acknowledge there will be a plaque laid in their honour.
Please submit an application form [[link removed]] on the website or get in touch with the team to organise this for you.
Can't visit the site? Looking for learning resources?
Why not take our virtual tour and access learning resources here.
Virtual Tour and Learning Resources [[link removed]]
Click here to view a selection of visitor comments. [[link removed]]
Albury Wodonga naturally connected
If you are planning a visit to the Albury Wodonga region this holidays, the Visit Albury Wodonga website [[link removed]] is a great resource to plan your visit.
For thousands of years, people have gathered, shared and celebrated at this special place in the foothills of the Alps and on the banks of the mighty Murray River.
Now it's your turn to discover a place where unfiltered, uncomplicated, refreshing connections just happen, naturally.
If you contact us at a time when we are closed, please be assured that you will receive a response during our operating hours.
We'd love to hear your feedback
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We look forward to welcoming you to Bonegilla Migrant Experience soon.
Disclaimer: The information contained in this publication is general and is not offered as a complete or definitive statement of the relevant facts. Third party comments and information do not necessarily reflect the position of Bonegilla Migrant Experience at Wodonga Council and are provided only as a matter of interest, we therefore take no responsibility for the accuracy of third party material.
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