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Bonegilla's history outlined

13 Jul, 2020

There's a new addition to Bonegilla Migrant Experience.

As you enter the site, look to the right and you will see two silhouette huts have been installed over old foundations of Block 17. 

Block 17 was used when the Bonegilla Reception And Training Centre first opened in 1947 as an accommodation block along with Block 18 and 19 before 24 blocks were taken over for accommodation.

Later in 1952, Block 17 housed the school for primary aged children living in the centre.

The huts were built as part of the Building Better Regions Grant and constructed by a local company, Stuart Gordon Landscaping.

Bonegilla Migrant Experience Co-ordinator Shelley Knight said the idea of having the huts in Block 17 was to highlight another block of the reception centre and assist staff when talking to visitors about the scale of the site from the Welcome Centre.

"The structure can be seen by visitors from the large map in the Welcome Centre," she said.

"Placed in Block 17, the huts form structures over the original concrete foundations."

Check out the timeline of events below for the Bonegilla Reception and Training Centre.