CELEBRATING GRETA

ARMY & MIGRANT CAMP

1939 – 1960

CELEBRATING GRETA ARMY & MIGRANT CAMP

1939 – 1960

CELEBRATING 80 YEARS

This year, we are celebrating the 80th Anniversary of The Greta Army Camp 1939-1960. Our two day event on the 9th and 10th November 2019 is to acknowledge and commemorate the sacrifice of those who served our nation fight and defending the rights and freedoms of others. To the 70th Anniversary of the Greta Migrant Camp – migrants fleeing worn torn Europe after WW2 seeking a new life.

Brought to you by the Central Hunter Business Chamber, Hunter Multicultural Communities Inc and its sponsors, this is a family friendly day jammed packed with Food, Culture, Kids Zone, Military Vehicles, including Tanks, Flyovers of Military Aircraft from the C-130 Hercules – heavy lift aircraft, MRH-90 Taipan Helicopter to Tiger Moth’s, Migrant demonstrations, Scottish Pipe Bands all to commence with a full Military parade with the Royal Australian Navy Band, Defence Force Personnel, Veterans and dignitaries.

Tickets are available online or at the gate.

GRETA ARMY CAMP

The Greta Army Camp was an Australian Army Camp site that was compulsory acquired by the Army on the 7th November 1939, the site is 2,930acres (11.9km2), the site was chosen to build one of the Australian Army’s largest training camps. The camp was built to train the 6th Division 2nd AIF, the site received its first soldiers from the 2/11th Battalion on the 15th December 1939, the site was gradually expanded thought the war. The camp was known as “Chocolate City” due to the brown coloured oiled timber buildings, and other parts were called “Silver City” due to the corrugated iron Nissen Huts that were built.

After the war, much of the field training areas were returned to open grazing land, however the camp also played a part in training the BCOF – British and Commonwealth Forces of Japan, these Australia troops were part of the occupation forces that served to maintain control of Japan, these forces served with distinction under US General Douglas MacArthur.  In 1949 the camp was transferred to the Department of Immigration, the Army took back control in 1962, the site and buildings were sold in 1980.

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GRETA ARMY CAMP

The Greta Army Camp was an Australian Army Camp site that was compulsory acquired by the Army on the 7th November 1939, the site is 2,930acres (11.9km2), the site was chosen to build one of the Australian Army’s largest training camps. The camp was built to train the 6th Division 2nd AIF, the site received its first soldiers from the 2/11th Battalion on the 15th December 1939, the site was gradually expanded thought the war. The camp was known as “Chocolate City” due to the brown coloured oiled timber buildings, and other parts were called “Silver City” due to the corrugated iron Nissen Huts that were built.

After the war, much of the field training areas were returned to open grazing land, however the camp also played a part in training the BCOF – British and Commonwealth Forces of Japan, these Australia troops were part of the occupation forces that served to maintain control of Japan, these forces served with distinction under US General Douglas MacArthur.  In 1949 the camp was transferred to the Department of Immigration, the Army took back control in 1962, the site and buildings were sold in 1980.

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GRETA MIGRANT CAMP

After WW2, Europe was devastated the Australian Government offered a safe sanctuary for migrants looking for a new start between 1945 – 1965 more than 2 million migrants called Australia home. In 1949 the Greta Army Camp was transferred to the Department of Immigration, during this time the camp was used as a reception and training centre for migrants. The camp housed between 1949-1960 over 100,000 migrants, those who called the camp home came from over 17 countries such as: Latvia, Lithuania, Estonia, Ukraine, Yugoslavia, Czechoslovakia, Poland, Italy, Greece, Macedonia, Hungary, Austria, Germany, Russia, Romania, Bulgaria and Netherlands.

These migrants are the foundations of a true multicultural Australia, they worked at BHP and help build the Snowy River Mountains Scheme. Come and experience food dance and culture, help celebrate a generation that has now called Australia home.

GRETA MIGRANT CAMP

After WW2, Europe was devastated the Australian Government offered a safe sanctuary for migrants looking for a new start between 1945 – 1965 more than 2 million migrants called Australia home. In 1949 the Greta Army Camp was transferred to the Department of Immigration, during this time the camp was used as a reception and training centre for migrants. The camp housed between 1949-1960 over 100,000 migrants, those who called the camp home came from over 17 countries such as: Latvia, Lithuania, Estonia, Ukraine, Yugoslavia, Czechoslovakia, Poland, Italy, Greece, Macedonia, Hungary, Austria, Germany, Russia, Romania, Bulgaria and Netherlands.

These migrants are the foundations of a true multicultural Australia, they worked at BHP and help build the Snowy River Mountains Scheme. Come and experience food dance and culture, help celebrate a generation that has now called Australia home.

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We would love to hear from you! Please contact us via the details below or fill out our online contact form.

Emailevents@centralhunterbusiness.com.au

Event Address: Camp Road, Greta NSW 2334 (follow the signs) 

Tickets are available online or at the gate.   

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