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History & heritage

Benalla Migrant Camp Exhibition

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Anyone who enjoys history and in particular the history of migration to Australia will find this exhibition fascinating. The Benalla Migrant Camp operated for 18 years, between 1949 and 1967 and is an integral part of post World War 2 migration to Australia, from European countries. The camp housed about 60,000 migrants during its operation.

Over 200 wonderful, personal photos dating from that time and contributed by the migrant families themselves will tell you in the most authentic way what life was like at the camp. You will be intrigued and moved, but also charmed by the honesty of these images.

The exhibition is housed in one of the original accommodation huts still located at Benalla Airport (Hut 11) and also features an array of items and memorabilia including the migrant camp school enrolment book as well as original suitcases and chests from the journey over to Australia, by ship.

Allow about 45 minutes for your visit and check the blog or Facebook for the next upcoming open day. Bookings can also be made ahead of time on days the exhibition is not normally open (but this incurs a charge).

Contact operator for more information.

Content: Benalla Migrant Camp Incorporated

Price & booking


Type Entry cost
$2 Concession $5 Adult Standard Fee
$2.00 - $5.00

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  • Car park
  • Picnic area
  • Public toilet
  • Visitor Information Centre

  • Suitable for guests with sufficient mobility to climb two or three steps, but would benefit from fixtures and fittings to aid balance
  • Suitable for guests who depend on the use of a wheelchair in a seated position at all times