Saturday, December 13, 2014

Always Adding to the Exhibition

Recently Mike and I spent two separate weekends in Canberra on a mission to locate more information on the Benalla Migrant Camp Families. We were very lucky to have two fabulous finds: About 50 Bonegilla Migrant Registration Cards and a 2 Minute Colour Home Movie.

Amy Lay, the curator of the 'A Place Called Home' Exhibition at the National Archives was very helpful, and interested in our exhibition, as it was covering the same topic.

Equipped with the names of all our migrant families who have registered for our Benalla project, we were able to view dozens of boxes of Bonegilla cards with the corresponding letters of the alphabet. We needed to flick through all of them to find the ones we were after. Quite a task.
Mike with the morning's load ...

We found about 50 Bonegilla Cards for Benalla Migrant Camp residents.
Unbelievably, at the National Film and Sound Archives we also had a terrific find!
Clare Norton, the curator there helped us find a 2 minute home movie of the Benalla Migrant Camp!!

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