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Former migrant camp celebrates 70 years


November 2017

Take part in a week-long celebration for Bonegillla Migrant Reception and Training Centre as it celebrates its 70th anniversary from November 13 to 19!

With the program of events now released, this huge event will kick off at Bonegilla Migrant Experience with tours and exhibitions, followed by the official anniversary celebration to be held on Saturday, November 18.

Throughout the week, there'll also be live music and theatre performances, an author talk, a Sunday Roast lunch, market stalls and more.

Start your visit by seeing the site with a guided tour, discovering Block 19 Bonegilla, the last remaining block of more than 24 blocks that made up the Bonegillla Migrant Reception and Training Centre, which received and trained migrants to Australia following World War II.

You can also browse the Recreation Hut exhibition, which features an insight into recreational activities at Block 19 and shares the life stories of two former residents, Wanda Skowronska and Giovanni Sgro.

Across the border in Albury, you can also view a collection of objects owned by former residents of Bonegillla Migrant Reception and Training Centre, including items people brought from their homeland to give them comfort, including photographs, domestic appliances, children’s toys, books, clothing and more.

The main event on Saturday, November 18 from 11am to 4pm is an opportunity to immerse yourself in the sights, sounds, flavours and surrounds of the Bonegilla Migrant Reception and Training Centre - 70 years on.

Albury LibraryMuseum staff, who are custodians of the Bonegilla Collection, will also be attending the event on Saturday to provide advice on how to care for your family objects and pictures.

Featuring live music from The Habibis, Gypsy Suitcase, Bohemian Nights, Diddly Eyes and Vardos, mini-museum exhibitions, author talk, Me and Bonegilla performances, European style food at the pop-up cafe, and beverages provided by King Valley Brewery, this is an event not to be missed!

On the Sunday, you are invited to find your place on a communal dining table, just like the former residents did, and enjoy a traditional Aussie Sunday Roast for lunch, accompanied by authentic European entertainment.

To see all the details of these events and more, find the full event program at

The celebrations are a fantastic opportunity to step back in time into Block 19 and enjoy the rich history of Bonegillla Migrant Experience!


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