What is your heritage? 14



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It’s no secret that the English settled Australia and brought over convicts from England, Scotland and Ireland, but modern day Australia is made up of many more ethnicities and cultural backgrounds.

According to the Australian Bureau of Statistics, over a quarter (26%) of Australia’s population was born overseas and a further one fifth (20%) had at least one overseas-born parent. Throughout the 100 years since the first National Census in 1911, migrants have made up a large component of the Australian population.

While the majority of migration has come from Europe, there are increasingly more Australians who were born in Asia and other parts of the world.

Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples also contribute to the cultural diversity of Australia – there are 669,900 people, or 3% of the total Australian population who identify. And in 2011, 53% of the population were third-generation (or more) Australians.


  1. United Kingdom
  2. New Zealand
  3. China
  4. India
  5. Italy
  6. Vietnam
  7. Philippines
  8. South Africa
  9. Malaysia
  10. Germany

Tell us, where is your family from?

Starts at 60 Writers

The Starts at 60 writers team seek out interesting topics and write them especially for you.

  1. I am a fifth generation Australian from an Englishman.

  2. I am migrant from India and living in Sydney since last 36 years.

  3. I am fifth generation from Anglo Celt lineage

  4. I am a 4th generation kiwi: 1. paternal great great grandparents from England – one of their sons , my great grandfather married my Danish grandmother. 2 Another great grandfather from Hungary married my great grandmother also from Denmark.3. My maternal great great grandparents came from Germany. One of their daughters my great grandmother married my great grandfather from Scotland!!!! My maternal grandfather is also Scottish. Research shows that from my Danish ancestors, their ancestry spills over into Sweden and Norway.

  5. im from the uk from scottish heritage , but we have a jewish background and all names were changed during WW2 so hard to track down

  6. Both my husband and I were born in the Netherlands. My parents migrated from the Netherlands in 1951 with 11 children and my husband migrated from the Netherlands in 1957.

  7. My Maternal ancestors came to Sth Australia as free settlers in the 1790s from Tipperary and from England, my paternal Grandfathers family also came to West Australia as free settlers in the 1790s but my paternal grandmother came out from Scotland when she was 18.

  8. I was born in the Netherlands, and came to Australia with parents, 2 brother and 1 sister in 1951.

  9. Was born in England, emigrated to Australia with family in 1978. Found out that we have a ‘black sheep’ in the family on my mother’s side whom was sent here as a convict (was never spoken about by relatives in England – even my mother did not know). So besides my family probably have loads of Australian relations.

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