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A monument commemorates the 50th anniversary of the Cowra Migrant Camp which commenced in 1949. 

After World War Two, the former military camp became home to 17,000 new Australians.

Location

Address:Mid Western Highway , Europa Park, Cowra, 2794
State:NSW
Area:AUS
GPS Coordinates:Lat: -33.829673
Long: 148.708171
Note: GPS Coordinates are approximate.
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Details

Monument Type:Monument
Monument Theme:Landscape
Sub-Theme:Settlement
Link:http://www.acph.nicheit.com.au

Dedication

Actual Monument Dedication Date:Saturday 1st May, 1999
Front Inscription

COWRA SHIRE COUNCIL.
EUROPA PARK
FOREST OF HOPE

This plaque commemorates the 50th anniversary of the Cowra Migrant Camp
1949-1999.

In 1949 the first European migrants arrived in Cowra and occupied the buildings which had been the Army Base in the large block of land between the highway and Darby’s Falls Road. These migrants had arrived from war-torn Europe on assisted passage, most with only a few belongings in battered suitcases. There were in the camp over three thousand people at any one time from many European countries. The men were contracted to work for two years on government projects. The women and children stayed in the camp. Very few could speak English.

‘We came from afar to build a new home.’

This plaque was unveiled by:
AVM Hans Roser (Germany)
Paul Couvert OAM (Holland)
Mrs Allede Lass (Estonia)

In the presence of:
B.B. Miller Mayor
Alby Schultz Member for Hume
Russell Turner Member for Orange

1st May 1999

Source: MA,ACPH
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