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Multiculturalism

Australia is one of the most multicultural nations on earth. One in five Australians are born overseas, a massive 22% of the population. Australians have more than 250 different ancestries, with many people claiming two ancestries, including English (6.3 million or 32%), Irish (1.8 million or 9.1%) and Scottish (1.5 million or 7.6%).

43% of the Australian population were either born overseas or had a parent who was born overseas, and since the late 1940s more than six million migrants from 200 countries have made Australia their home. It is this multicultural blend that has had a distinctive impact on the Australian lifestyle, and created a unique melting pot of peoples and cultures.

The first peoples of Australia were the indigineous people such as the Aborigines and Torres Strait Islanders. Just after Captain Cook set foot on Australia in 1770, the British had the wonderful notion of using the country to house their prisoners as the British jails were full to overflowing; and so in 1778 the first boat load of prisoners, soldiers and their families came to Australia.

They were the first immigrants to Australia, but the tide of immigration has not stopped there. The gold rush of the 18 and 1950′s brought people from all over the world to the sandy shores of Australia in the hope of prosperity.

Still people flock to Australia today in the hope of a better life and it’s multiculturalism has lead to it being one of the most diverse and richly tapestried cultures in the world, where history joins hands with modernity¬†in a celebration of passion for Australia!


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