What's new at Bonegilla?

10 October, 2010

The Bonegilla Migrant camp today
The Bonegilla Migrant camp today
Image: Philip Thiel
Source: Museum Victoria

Question: What has been happening at Block 19, Bonegilla?

Answer: Between 1947 and 1971, more than 300,000 migrants from over 50 countries called Bonegilla their first Australian home. Some stayed only a few days, and others months; some relished the experience, and others questioned their decision to come to Australia. These memories have been commemorated with the heritage listing of Bonegilla’s Block 19, its Tribute Wall and visitor centre.  September 2010 saw the re-launch of the site after extensive works completed by the City of Wodonga, Parklands Albury Wodonga and Albury City to preserve, promote and support the Bonegilla Migrant Experience.  It is a place that for many has an important role in their beginning in Australia, and for others, it is a place that has contributed greatly to the culturally diverse Australia we see today. Visitors welcome!

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Garry F Fruhwald 2 November, 2010 17:38
Will have another look-disapointing last time there.How do I get hold of passenger list of ship Anna Salen 1952-54?
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Discovery Centre 5 November, 2010 11:43
Hi Garry, the National Archives of Australia hold all immigration records. To obtain further information on searching and ordering records from the NAA see the information about the archives on our infosheet on family history research and passenger lists.
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Joe Dillon 7 February, 2012 17:44
I am trying to trace our families time spent at Bonegilla dad was James Beattie Dillon, mum was Catherine Leese Dillon and siblings were James,catherine Thomas and myself Joseph .We departed Southampton on 3rd July 1952 and arrived Melbourne 1952 on board ship New Australia . Thats as far as I can track down Ihave tried Bonegilla Library but they have no records of our family at Bonegilla Any asistance would be appreciated Thanks Joe Dillon
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Immigration Discovery Centre 8 February, 2012 12:50
Hello Joe, I suggest you contact The Making Australia Home Project run by the National Archives of Australia to obtain information on your families immigration history. The National Archives holds cards for all of the migrants who stayed at the Bonegilla reception and training centre. The Bonegilla cards usually include a physical description of the person, as well as a photograph. You can see a sample of a record from the Bonegilla migrant reception and accommodation center in their postwar migration records showcase.