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!
Most if not all records relating to Bonegilla and the people who stayed at the centre are housed with the National Archives of Australia. To see if they may have your families details, I would suggest making contact with them directly.
You can find out information about visiting the Bonegilla Migrant Centre via their website.
The Immigration Museum is open from 10am to 5pm 7 days and is only closed on Good Friday and Christmas Day.
We hope to see you at the Museum soon.
The National Archives of Australia (NAA) have Bonegilla Reception Centre registration cards. Go to their Ask us a question page and open the immigration records form. Towards the bottom of this form you will see the question: What records about this person are you looking for. There is a pull down menu where you can select Bonegilla Reception Centre registration card. Complete and submit the form. Hope this helps!
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