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Issue Details: First known date: 2018... 2018 The Last of the Bonegilla Girls
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'Can the Bonegilla girls defeat their past? Or will it come to claim them?

'1954: When sixteen–year–old Hungarian Elizabeta arrives in Australia with her family, she is hoping to escape the hopelessness of life as a refugee in post–war Germany.

'Her first stop is the Bonegilla Migrant Camp on the banks of the Murray in rural Victoria, a temporary home for thousands of new arrivals, all looking for work and a better life. There, Elizabeta becomes firm friends with the feisty Greek Vasiliki; quiet Italian Iliana; and the adventurous Frances, the daughter of the camp's director.

'In this vibrant and growing country, the Bonegilla girls rush together towards a life that seems full of promise, even as they cope with the legacy of war, the oppressive nature of family tradition and ever–present sorrow. So when a ghost from the past reaches out for Elizabeta and threatens to pull her back into the shadows, there is nothing that her friends wouldn't do to keep her safe.

'But secrets have a way of making themselves known and lies have a way of changing everything they touch...'

Source: Publisher's blurb.

Publication Details of Only Known VersionEarliest 2 Known Versions of

    • Sydney South, South Sydney area, Sydney Southern Suburbs, Sydney, New South Wales,: HQ Fiction , 2018 .
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      Extent: 432p.p.
      Note/s:
      • Published 23 April 2018.

      ISBN: 9781489246752, 1489246754

Other Formats

  • Also large print, dyslexic edition
  • Sound recording.

Works about this Work

Vasiliki Mitropoulos : The Last of the Bonegilla Girls Con Stamocostas , 2018 single work column
— Appears in: Neos Kosmos , October 2018;

'The Last of the Bonegilla Girls by Victoria Purman captures what life was like in Australia in the late 1950’s through the lives of four friends from different cultural backgrounds.' (Introduction)

Vasiliki Mitropoulos : The Last of the Bonegilla Girls Con Stamocostas , 2018 single work column
— Appears in: Neos Kosmos , October 2018;

'The Last of the Bonegilla Girls by Victoria Purman captures what life was like in Australia in the late 1950’s through the lives of four friends from different cultural backgrounds.' (Introduction)

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