Tag: Hostels

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Jul 15

Bonegilla

Australia’s Largest Migrant Hostel Bonegilla Reception and Training Centre was the largest migrant hostel of all. It is estimated that 1.5 million of the present population of Australia are descendants of migrants who spent time there. Between 1947 and 1971 over 300,000 migrants passed through Bonegilla that at one stage could accommodate 7,700 people plus…

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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…