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The passengers from the First Transport, the General Stuart Heintzelman, were the first residents of the Bonegilla Migrant Reception and Training Centre in northeast Victoria.  They inaugurated it in December 1947.

The Migrant Centre was about to become the largest and longest running facility of its kind in Australia.  It housed around 10,000 new arrivals at its peak and operated until November 1971.  It made use of buildings erected for an Army Camp in 1940.

Before the Army there was a history of mixed farming, principally grazing, stretching back to the first pastoral run south of the Murray River in what was to become the State of Victoria.  The first European farm animals were introduced to this area in 1835.

And before the arrival of farming, there were the Aboriginal occupants of the land, the Duduroa people.

See them all in 115 illustrations and read about them in "Bonegilla's Beginnings".
 
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