Histories of Controversy

Bonegilla Migrant Centre

Alexandra Dellios
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History

Published

14 August 2017

ISBN

9780522870596

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Subjects

History

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MUP Academic

Histories of Controversy

Bonegilla Migrant Centre

Alexandra Dellios
Bonegilla was a point of reception and temporary accommodation for approximately 320,000 post-war refugees and assisted migrants to Australia from 1947 to 1971. Its function was integral to the post-war immigration scheme, something officially lauded as an economic and cultural success. However, there were considerable hardships endured at Bonegilla, particularly during times of economic and political insecurity. Enforced family separation, poor standards of care, child malnutrition, and organised migrant protest need to be recognised as part of the Bonegilla story.

Histories of Controversy: The Bonegilla Migrant Centre gives this alternative picture, revealing the centre's history to be one of containment, control, deprivation and political discontent. It tells a more complex tale than a harmonious making of modern Australia to include stories of migrant resistance and their demands on a society and its systems.
Bonegilla was a point of reception and temporary accommodation for approximately 320,000 post-war refugees and assisted migrants to Australia from 1947 to 1971. Its function was integral to the post-war immigration scheme, something officially lauded as an economic and cultural success. However, there were considerable hardships endured at Bonegilla, particularly during times of economic and political insecurity. Enforced family separation, poor standards of care, child malnutrition, and organised migrant protest need to be recognised as part of the Bonegilla story.

Histories of Controversy: The Bonegilla Migrant Centre gives this alternative picture, revealing the centre's history to be one of containment, control, deprivation and political discontent. It tells a more complex tale than a harmonious making of modern Australia to include stories of migrant resistance and their demands on a society and its systems.

About the author

Alexandra Dellios

Alexandra Dellios is a cultural historian and a lecturer at the Centre for Heritage and Museum Studies at the Australian National University. She was awarded her PhD by the University of Melbourne in March 2015. She has published on child migrants, commemoration and heritage, and post-war migration and settlement in Australia. She is currently researching public history practices of community groups with a migrant background, and their interactions with official definitions of ‘heritage’ when making their migration stories more public.

About Alexandra Dellios

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