National Heritage Assessment
Australian Heritage Council
The names of individual assessors and nominators have been removed for privacy reasons
About this assessment
The Australian Heritage Council found Block 19, Bonegilla of outstanding heritage significance. Bonegilla was the largest and longest operating migrant reception and training centre in Australia. From 1947 to 1971, over 300 000 people, more than half the 'Displaced Persons' who came from war torn Europe to Australia, went to Bonegilla where they gained courses in English and the Australian way of life. Over 1.5 million Australians are now estimated to have direct family links to Bonegilla. The AHC found Block 19 is a rare example of a post-war migration centre remaining much as it was in the 1940's-60's, and significant for the powerful connections it holds for many Australians.
The Council's final assessment report as given to the Minister is attached.
In some cases the Minister will have made amendments to such matters as boundaries, values and descriptions, before listing the place. For final listing data visit the Australian Heritage Database or the National Heritage Listing for Bonegilla Migrant Camp - Block 19 .
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