Tag: Bonegilla

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Japanese air raids on Darwin in 1942 made Australia acutely aware that its expansive borders and population of just 7m people left it vulnerable to attack. The incumbent Curtin government realized that Australia needed to “Populate or Perish” and plans were put in place for a large-scale immigration program.

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Jul 15

Hostels

Large numbers of migrant hostels were set up to house the sudden vast influx of displaced persons and assisted migrants who entered Australia after WW2. Two of the largest of these hostels were at Bonegilla and at Bathurst, interestingly now internationally famous for the Mount Panorama racing circuit. The accommodation was predominantly in Nissen huts…