2 Dec 2010 05:07 UTCThu 2 Dec 2010 - 5:07 am UTC
I have lived here a long time, obviously, and most of last 15 years in dead centre of Australia's second bigest city, Melbourne. Moreover I lived in a private apartment within a five star hotel. I met many overseas people at swimming pool/ barbeque area including a few people from USA of different races and areas but all were passers-by on business,vacation etc.
It appears to me that while we have a good number of white Americans living in Australia permanently there is only a handful of African Americans and representaives of other minority groups living here.
You just dont see any and I think many living in the country/rural areas would never have met or even seen an African American, a Native American or a fringe dweller such as a Mexican, or a Puerto Rican.
As such is there any rough figures on just how many such people have migrated to Australia from the groups named above. i am sure it must be a very small number.
In regards African Americans I could just about count on one hand those I know of which gives an idea of how few there must be. I am wondering why as the few that are here seem to thrive and fit in very well.
I am not including in the above those sportpeople who come here on short term contracts to join basketball teams although I note that a number have married and stayed here.
From my own experience I know of one Mexican. He runs a huge upmarket Moroccan/ Middle eastern restaurant in Melbourne. Why/ how I dont know but he is certainly Mexican.
I know of one Native American. He stayed at my hotel but advised he was going to stay in Australia as a resident.
Never met or heard of a Puerto Rican living in Australia.
In regards African Americans I worked with one years ago who jumped ship( merchant navy I think) in 56' to watch the Olympic games, met a girl from my own town of Bendigo in first week here, married and settled down almost immediately. He was from Louisianna and claimed he was actually part French.
There is another who works for the Royal Society for the Blind and often stands in the city streets with a guide dog handing out related material, seeking donations and advising poeple on how to apply to seek approval to look after a guide dog pup.
There is an African American who operates a very succesful American style barbeque restaurant, another with a big gymnasium in my own small city of Bendigo and of course the main judge on our version of American Idol (Australian Idol) is the beautiful Marcia Hines ,a famous singer here who is now over 50 old but arrived here at 18 years old to do a few shows but never went back.
So, as above, is there any figures( even rough ones) on just how many people of each minority groups above have actually migrated to Australia.
Possibly info I am interested in is unavaliable as no data kept on what race an immigramt was from USA, ( which makes perfect sense), and also I expect data on Mexicans is not readily available either, but just thought i would give it a shot anyway.
John From Melbourne
6 Dec 2010 13:06 UTCMon 6 Dec 2010 - 1:06 pm UTC
Among the various statistics published online by The Australian Bureau of Statistics
there are several which you might find helpful as an answer to your question.
More about the "Australian Bureau of Statistics":
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"In the 2006 Australian Census residents were asked to describe their ancestry, in which up to two could be nominated"
The question regarding ancestry as asked in 2006:
The webpage leading to the Census Data:
The 2006 Census Tables can be viewed by location or topic
or by "product type"
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Choosing "ancestry" as topic (i.e. "ancestry (full classification list) by sex" and "Australia" as location) will result, for example, in these lists
- for Australia:
- for Victoria:
Do the data in these excel files answer your question?
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You can "create and customise your own census tables"
(after registration or as a guest user):
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Regarding immigrant communities in Victoria:
This is a webpage about "82 countries of origin" selected "on the basis of population size", i.e. "at least 1,100 Victorians were born in each country, according to the 2006 census"
Clicking, for example, on "USA" will lead you to
from where you can access additional pages covering, for example, "language"
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Related articles on Wikipedia:
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Here is the link to a free article (published in 1999) on "Australian population: ethnic origins" by Charles Price
http://elecpress.monash.edu.au/pnp/free/pnpv7n1/ (vol. 7, no. 4)
or go directly to
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Please let me know which additional information you would like to have in order to consider your question as being answered.