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Digital Photograph - Men Eating at Mess Hall, Bonegilla Migrant Reception and Training Centre, 1950 Image Reg. No: MM 111012

Black and white photograph showing men in the Mess Hall at Bonegilla Migrant Reception and Training Centre, 1950.

This photograph documents the Kucan family history. In 1949 the Kucan family migrated to Australia as displaced persons after World War II. They had stayed in a displaced persons camp in Austria for four years but their country of origin was Ukraine. During the first two years in Australia, they lived in migrant camps in Bonegilla and Benalla. The men had to work off the cost of their passage in a contract to the government. When their contracts were completed, Ivan Kucan and a group of his friends joined together to buy land and help each other build their own houses in Newport, a western suburb of Melbourne.
Digital image file. A digital photograph was taken of the original black and white print.
Description Of Content:
Men eating at a mess hall at a migrant centre. Light bulbs are strung across the ceiling and the men sit on wooden chairs at two long tables covered in tablecloths. The mess hall has a wooden floor. Three windows witih curtains are visible at right.
Acquisition Information:
Copied from Ms Larysa Kucan, 2006
Discipline: History

More information

Tagged with: dining rooms, migrants, kuhar, migrant reception centres
Themes this item is part of: Post World War II Immigration in Photographs, Migration Collection, Melbourne's Biggest Family Album Collection
Primary Classification: MIGRATION
Secondary Classification: Accommodation - Hostels
Tertiary Classification: images (to be classified)
People Depicted: unknown
Format: Digital Still Image: Black & White; Tiff
Place & Date Depicted: Bonegilla, Victoria, Australia, 1950

Source of Date Depicted: Family knowledge.
Photographer: Unknown


DANUTIA GORDON Posted on 11 May 2010 2:14 PM
The man in white is my father Nicholas Pryslipski. He worked as a cook, then moved to Benalla Victoria. I remember seeing this photograph as a child.

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