Photograph 7454657
Bonegilla migrant Reception Centre in Victoria was established in 1947, and since that time some 240 000 migrants have passed through it. For thousands of newcomers now settled in other parts of Australia Bonegilla was their first home. The first settlers in the post-war period would find it hard to recognise the centre now. Stark outlines have gone for today there are some 15 000 trees, both Australian and European. Banks, churches, a school, hospital and leisure centres are among the facilities provided at Bonigella. There is quite a continental look about the gaily striped umbrellas in the Civic Centre. In the shop there is a wide range of goods, and housewives would be hard-pressed to find something it did not sell

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A12111, 1/1965/22/7
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