My family came out to australia in november of 1969, we flew in from sweden where we were living but originally we were from croatia, there was my mother and father and 7 children. all i know is that we were at bonegilla for a time but i dont have any recollection of that, my parents have both past away and i have been to visit bonegilla where we started out, they suggested this site. i would like to get more information about dates and just information in general, when i did the name search it came back with zero results. am i doing something wrong ? i dont know where to go from here can any body help me please ?

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Comment by Tonia (from NAA) on April 11, 2012 at 20:02

Hi Senka

The National Archives holds many records of immigration to Australia in the twentieth century.  If your family came under an assisted migration scheme, we may have your family’s migrant selection documents.  Also, if you, or other members of your family applied to become naturalised Australians, we may have your applications for naturalisation.  If you know when you arrived in Australia, we may be able to find a passenger listing from the ship (or aircraft) you travelled on. 

In addition, the National Archives holds cards for all of the migrants who stayed at the Bonegilla reception and training centre. The Bonegilla cards usually include a physical description of the person, as well as a photograph.

I recommend you submit a reference inquiry for your immigration records using the form at  One of our reference officers will conduct a search of the records for you.  When completing the online form, please provide as much information as possible.  In the field where you can provide additional information, you should also mention if you are interested in a copy of the Bonegilla reception centre cards.



(NAA staff)

Comment by Miryana Baran on April 9, 2014 at 1:32

I obtained my immigration record from National Archives, but how do I find my family cards from Bonegilla reception.  We arrived in Sydney on 24-2-1969 and went straight to Bonegilla by bus where we stayed for 28 days.  We then went to Broadmeadows hostel, where we stayed for several months.  I'd love to get a hold of these records.

Comment by Miryana Baran on April 9, 2014 at 1:34

I've looking through photos of Bonegilla and I can't seem to find any taken in 1969 and 1970.  Are there any photos of that time?


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