1960 to 1971

1961 July

German and Italian migrants in violent protest. Aggrieved at not being allocated work, they resent the long wait in the reception centre.

Aug.

All charges of riot dropped against those involved in the protest.

1963

Migrant departure rates a growing concern.

1965  

Minister Opperman visits and announces no plans to improve facilities. Government funding directed instead to improving migrant accommodation at places closer to city employment opportunities, e.g. Fairy Meadow (Wollongong).

May

Army unit occupies Block 18 to prepare for training National Servicemen as Australia's commitment to supporting South Vietnam grows.

May

People of mixed race from Indonesia received at Bonegilla.

1966   

Bonegilla begins training National Servicemen.

1967

Bonegilla the only reception centre operating in Australia.

1968

Refugees from Czechoslovakia arrive.

1970

Minister announces Bonegilla ‘served its purpose well … [but it was] long apparent [this] type of accommodation was not altogether suitable… it was never meant to be a permanent migrant accommodation establishment'.

1971 Nov.  

Last intake arrives. Bonegilla Reception Centre closes at end of the year.


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