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Between 1947 and 1971 the Bonegilla Migrant Reception and Training Centre accommodated more than 320,000 newly arrived migrants to Australia. For many, Bonegilla was a place of temporary accommodation while waiting to be settled elsewhere. But for Hungarian migrant Laszlo Makay it became the place he called home for nearly 20 years. In the 1950s, the accommodation at Bonegilla was basic but Laszlo and his wife Eva made their hut a cheerful place to live. 'I did a lot of improvements,' Laszlo said. 'From fruit cases I prepared shelves for the walls and we got curtains and so on ... we were satisfied.'
Quote from interview between Ann-Mari Jordens and Laszlo Makay, 2008. National Library of Australia: nla.oh-vn4318388

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