Wednesday, September 19, 2007

Bonegilla 60th anniversary

The Bonegilla Migrant Reception and Training Centre accepted its first 839 residents sixty years ago on December 8, 1947. Are you one of the original 839? Or one of the many other former Bonegilla residents? Or a family member or friend of a former resident? The Centre would love to hear from you as it prepares to celebrate its anniversary in December.

From Friday 7 until Sunday 9 December 2007, Albury Wodonga will be celebrating the role Bonegilla has played in shaping the multicultural face of the nation. Plans include a weekend of cultural activities including arts, film, stories, special guests, games, site tours, music, dance and of course sharing food. Friday and Saturday will feature a range of activities in Albury and Wodonga, and Sunday will bring everybody together again at Block 19 for a gala Festivale day.
On Wednesday November 7 Diamond Valley library will present a session for family history researchers on the Calling Australia Home program at the National Archives of Australia. They keep a vast collection of records. If your family migrated in the twentieth century and may have spent time at Bonegilla come along and learn some tips to help document your family history.

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