The Bonegilla Story

The Bonegilla Migrant Reception and Training Centre was the first home in Australia for up to 320,000 migrants from more than 30 nations. Operating between 1947 to 1971, it was the first, the largest and the longest-operating migration reception centre in Australia.

After the Second World War, Bonegilla housed temporarily almost half of the 170,000 people between 1947 and 1951.

After 1951, until 1971 Bonegilla received assisted migrants and refugees, operating as a migrant training and reception centre for a total of 24 years.

Bonegilla was a staging camp providing temporary accommodation and support for new migrants who had exchanged free or assisted passage to Australia for 2 years of labour. After this two year agreement migrants were free to make their own way.  

Over 35 different ethnic groups passed through Bonegilla`s gates, these people and their contributions to our way of life play an important part in the on-going formation of our multi-cultural society.

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The Bonegilla Story

Albury`s LibraryMuseum is proud to present the latest addition to its permanent exhibition space - The Bonegilla Story - a stunning exhibition exploring the experiences of people who passed through the region`s migrant reception centre at Bonegilla.

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Australian Government Regional Arts Fund