The Bonegilla Story Exhibition

We have now extended the Bonegilla exhibition at the Albury LibraryMuseum to showcase more migrant stories, using original artefacts from the collection and first-hand migrant memories.  

For over 25 years we have been collecting objects owned by the migrant reception centre's former residents; things that people brought from their homeland that gave them comfort, photographs, domestic appliances, kids toys, books and clothing.

The dominating feature of the Bonegilla exhibition display is a cabinet made from post World War II suitcases located in the semi-permanent exhibition space. The idea has similarities to the National Museum's Cabinet of Curiosities. The suitcases can be opened and pulled out to view a wonderful array of two and three-dimensional Bonegilla artefacts. Each suitcase tells a different story about Bonegilla and the people that resided at the heritage site.

This exhibition has been curated by Albury City's Museum and Social History Co-ordinator Bridget Guthrie. Research was completed by Dr. Bruce Pennay and exhibition design was through Thylacine Exhibition Preparation.

Australian Government Regional Arts Fund