Research & Education

Bonegilla was experienced and is recalled in different ways. The oral and written records indicate a variety of refugee and migrant experiences related, for example, to different backgrounds, language skills, time of arrival, age and gender. As one resident staff member recalled,

The Bonegilla Centre meant different things to different people - a curate's egg sort of place. To some it was a place of peace and plenty after years as conscripts in German factories on starvation rations, a place where one could roam at will, where one was close to the sky and Nature. To others it was an isolated place in the middle of nowhere from which they couldn't get away fast enough, Marie Ashley, language instructor 1949

An exhibition based on the Bonegilla Collection, the chief repository of refugee and migrant memory materials, can be expected to explore a variety of perspectives. The research looks for ways to encourage visitors to engage with a ‘multi-vocal and fragmented heritage'. It indicates how the Reception Centre changed over time. It prompts visitors to think about memory-making and how they form and recover their own historical memory.

Guided tours are available by appointment on site at the Bonegilla Migrant Experience Heritage Park and at the Albury LibraryMuseum to view the new Bonegilla exhibition and collection. 


Australian Government Regional Arts Fund