On Sunday, June 19, the students of the Language and Culture Schools of the Greek Community in Melbourne (GCM) visited the Bonegilla Migrant Reception and Training Centre.
This activity was part of their preparation for the oral examinations of the VCE (Victorian Certificate of Education).
The students had the opportunity to enrich their knowledge about the historical parameters and living conditions of the early migrants during the decades of the ’50s to ’70s through lectures by the Centre’s officials, on-site exploration of the accommodations, and educational materials that were distributed to them.
The students showed a particular interest in the content of their educational excursion and enjoyed the experience, which will undoubtedly accompany them over time.
The Bonegilla Migrant Reception and Training Centre started at the end of World War II when millions of migrants left their countries in search of a better fortune.
The military facilities were transformed into a reception and training centre for migrants. The number of migrants who passed through the centre between 1947 and 1971 reached 300,000.