So much sky
1 JANUARY 2003
‘So much sky’ was one of the early impressions of post-World War II immigrants from war-torn Europe when they arrived at the Bonegilla Reception and Training Centre near Wodonga between 1947 and 1971. Over many years, Bruce Pennay, an adjunct Associate Professor with Charles Sturt University’s (CSU) Institute for Land, Water and Society (ILWS), has researched the stories of these newcomers to the vast Australian continent. Starting at 11am on Friday 12 September as part of National History Week, Professor Pennay will launch So Much Sky, a history of the Bonegilla centre which traces the migrants’ journeys and relates to the post-war immigration which was the biggest demographic change for Australia since the gold rushes of the nineteenth century. So Much Sky and an associated website were jointly funded by Albury City and the NSW Migration Heritage Centre.