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Australian Migration Experiences post WW2 ACDSEH144 ACDSEH145 ACDSEH147

The influence of significant world events.
Populate or perish.
Migrant contribution.

Australia's forgotten child migrants

For a century, British children were sent to Australia and other countries under the guise of populating the colonies.

Belongings Home

Today, four out of every ten people in New South Wales are either migrants, or the children of migrants. Most would have arrived in the decades immediately after the Second World War when the Australian Government actively pursued a policy of 'populate or perish'.

Refugees are people who leave their own country because of hardship or persecution. Since World War II many refugees have come to Australia. The first refugees came from countries in Eastern Europe which had been taken over by the Soviet Union after World War II. Later refugees came from countries such as Czechoslovakia, Hungary, Greece and Chile, fleeing civil wars and persecution. In the 1970s and 1980s refugees came from Asian countries like Vietnam and Kampuchea to escape revolution and persecution.

Immigration Museum: Immigration Museum

Moving stories of people from all over the world who have migrated to Australia.

Irish in Australia essay

Irish in Australia essay An essay by Richard Reid, senior curator, National Museum of Australia About the Irish in Australia About the Irish in Australia there are always opinions, some favourable, some not. Poet and storyteller Henry Lawson said that, when in trouble, he always had two friends, and one of them was an Irishman.

Making multicultural Australia | Teacher and student resources on multiculturalism, cultural diversity and tolerance

Assisting young people, parents, teachers and community explore Australia's cultural diversity. Teaching resources on multiculturalism and strategies to promote cultural diversity and tolerance.


Explore Australia's development as a culturally diverse nation. The timeline locator provides a snapshot of events for a given period, while the key dates section provides more detail on the history, cultural diversity, race relations and manifestations of racism in the two hundred years since European settlement.

Australian Dictionary of Biography

Search the database using terms Migrant and "nationality" to find individuals

Teaching Heritage

Department of Immigration and Ethnic Affairs Fact Sheet 30 1995 Department of Immigration and Ethnic Affairs Fact Sheet 30 1995 marks the 50th anniversary of Australia's post-war migration program. Since 1945, more than 5.3 million people have come to Australia as new settlers. Their arrival has had a marked influence on all aspects of our society.

Teaching Heritage

Kevin, C. A History of Italian Settlement in New South Wales During World War 1, many Italians living in Australia served in the Italian or Australian armies, a number with distinction. Dr Tommaso Fiaschi, for example, earned official recognition for his service at the Australian field hospital during the Boer War and then went on to fight with both the Italian and Australian armies during World War I.

Packing to Leave: Saris, Suits and Spices :+: Migration Stories from South Asia to Sydney

Ranjana Pradhan arrived in Australia on 24 June 1999 from Mumbai (formerly Bombay), India to be with her son and his family. She is a highly acclaimed specialist of the jaltarang, a rare musical instrument of Indian origin, comprised of ceramic bowls tuned with water.