City of Wodonga


Bonegilla Migrant Experience

With National Heritage listing, Block 19 Bonegilla has become part of the narrative of nation; a must-visit place on any grand tour of historic Australia.

A two-metre plinth onsite declares the place to be ‘a symbol of post-war migration which transformed Australia’s economy, society and culture’.

Located 12kms from Wodonga on Lake Hume, Block 19 was one of 24 similar blocks built in the Bonegilla complex as an army camp during World War Two.

It became the Bonegilla Migrant Reception and Training centre in 1947, and housed migrants until 1971. The original camp covered a 130 hectare area.

Its style of accommodation was basic with timber framed, corrugated iron army hut buildings providing staff and migrants with housing, offices and communal kitchen, dining and toilet facilities.

Bonegilla was the largest and longest operating reception centre in the post-war era.

Now, Block 19 Bonegilla is a public memory place and tourist destination known as Bonegilla Migrant Experience (BME) (view map).

The site and its associated oral, written and pictorial records in the Bonegilla Collection at the Albury LibraryMuseum bring to light post-war immigration policies and procedures that changed the composition and size of the Australian population.

They provide evidence and insights into post-war migration and refugee experiences.

Bonegilla Migrant Experience
Address: 82 Bonegilla Rd, Bonegilla
Opening hours: Seven days a week, 10am to 4pm
Phone: (02) 6020 6912
Fax: (02) 6020 9322

Block 19 at Bonegilla Migrant Experience.

Last updated: 13-12-2012

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