Over the years many ethnic minorities, including Jews, Italians, and Chinese, have immigrated to Australia. Some of your ancestors may come from these ethnicities. To learn about the ethnic, racial, and religious groups of your ancestors, you might study a history of Jews in Australia, Italians in New South Wales, or Chinese in the gold fields of Victoria. This historical background can help you identify where your ancestors lived and when they lived there, where they migrated, and the types of records they might be listed in.
Histories About Minority Groups
Histories have been published about some minority groups in Australia. The Australian Ethnic Heritage Series includes histories on the Afghans, Americans, Baltics, Cornish, Czechs, Dutch, Germans, Hungarians, Italians, Jews, Lebanese, Maltese, Poles, Scandinavians, and Spanish in Australia.
Other histories are available, on the Internet and in the Family History Library. For example:
- O’Brien, John, and Pauric Travers, Editors. The Irish emigrant experience in Australia. Dublin, Ireland: Poolbeg Press Limited, 1991. (FHL book number 994 F2ic.)
- Payton, Philip J. The Cornish Miner in Australia. Kenrow, Cornwall, England: Dyllansow Truran, 1984. (FHL book number 994 F2pj.)
- Randazzo, Nino, and Michael Cigler. The Italians in Australia. Melbourne, Australia: AE Press, 1987. (FHL book number 994 F2rn.)
- Rubinstein, W. D., Editor. The Jews in the Sixth Continent. Sydney, Australia: Allen & Unwin Australia Pty. Ltd., 1987. (FHL book number 994 F2rw.)
Locate Histories in the Family History Library
The Family History Library has the Australian Ethnic Heritage Series and additional histories for minority groups. Use the Place Search in the catalog under the following headings:
AUSTRALIA, [STATE]- MINORITIES
See the Native Races article for information about two indigenous groups.