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Bonegilla Migrant Experience - Wodonga


With national heritage listing, Block 19 Bonegilla is a must-visit place on any grand tour of historic Australia. Between 1947 and 1971, more than 300,000 migrants from more than 50 countries called Bonegilla their first "Aussie home."

Because the migrant centre was initially run by the army, the military character of the buildings and routines remained long after the army left in 1949. The migrant centre had a significant impact on the local area with the population of Albury Wodonga nearly doubling between 1947 and 1971.

In 1971, the Bonegilla Migrant Centre was closed and the site was given back to the army. Between 1978 and 1982, nearly the entire centre was demolished. Block 19, the last surviving block, was given heritage listing in 2002 and is managed by Wodonga Council.

The site and its associated records are in the Bonegilla Collection at the Albury Library Museum.

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