Tag: Migrant Hostels

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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

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

Nissen Huts

What is a Nissen Hut? The Nissen hut was designed and patented in 1917 by Peter Nissen, a middle aged army Major. It was a prefabricated shelter made in the shape of a half cylinder. A corrugated sheet of metal formed its shell and plasterboard and concrete were used in its construction. Materials for these…