Bonegilla: a failed narrative

Persian, Jayne (2012) Bonegilla: a failed narrative. History Australia, 9 (1). pp. 64-83. ISSN 1449-0854


Bonegilla was the longest-lived post-war migrant camp, as well as the largest. Between 1947 and 1971 around 320 000 migrants passed through. Relinquished by the Army in the late 1990s, Bonegilla is now a heritagelisted commemorative site dubbed 'The Bonegilla Migrant Experience', and is widely referred to as the birthplace of Australian multiculturalism. The story of how this came about raises questions not only as to whether Bonegilla is a reactivated or a failed site of memory, but also as to the success or failure of multiculturalism as a historical narrative in Australia.

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Item Type: Article (Commonwealth Reporting Category C)
Refereed: Yes
Item Status: Live Archive
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Faculty/School / Institute/Centre: Historic - Faculty of Arts - School of Humanities and Communication
Date Deposited: 04 Aug 2016 03:24
Last Modified: 21 Mar 2017 03:22
Fields of Research : 21 History and Archaeology > 2103 Historical Studies > 210303 Australian History (excl. Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander History)
Socio-Economic Objective: E Expanding Knowledge > 97 Expanding Knowledge > 970121 Expanding Knowledge in History and Archaeology
Identification Number or DOI: 10.1080/14490854.2012.11668403

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