General Information

Changing face of early Australia
– history of different migrant groups to early Australia. From Australian Government

Who migrated to the Australian colonies and why did they come?
– interactive activities to understand about the free migrants of the 1800s. From Australian History Mysteries (Password required – ask at library)

Afghan cameleers

Afghan camelmen
– from Flinders Ranges Research

Afghan cameleers in Australia
– role played by Afghan cameleers in Australia’s history. From Australian Government

Australia’s Afghan cameleers
– information, images and maps showing origin and arrival, role in exploration, working with camels, life in camel camps, cameleers and Aboriginal people. From South Australian Museum

Cameleers and hawkers
– information and photographs from National Archives of Australia

Chinese migrants

Chinatown BrisbaneChinatowns across Australia
– Chinese migration to Australia. From Australian Government

Chinese at the Australian goldfields
– attitude towards the Chinese migrants on the Victorian goldfields. From Kidcyber

Chinese in the north
– Chinese migrants to northern Queensland. From Museum of Tropical Queensland

History of migration from China
– from Museum Victoria

New gold mountain
– Chinese migrants on the goldfields. From SBS

German migrants

immigrantsHistory of Hahndorf
– includes maps. From Hahndorf Business and Tourism

History of immigration from Germany
– from Museum Victoria

– brief history of German settlement in the Adelaide Hills. From South Australia for Everyone

– brief history of German settlement in Barossa Valley. From South Australia for Everyone

Japanese migrants

Australia’s pearling industry
– role played by Japanese migrants in the pearling industry. From Australian Government

History of immigration from Japan
– from Museum Victoria

Japanese pearlers
– monument to Japanese pearl divers who were drowned in a cyclone. Includes information about diving for pearls. From Monument Australia

– history of Japanese involvement in the pearling industry in Western Australia. From Library and Information Service of Western Australia

Pacific Islander migrants

Australian South Sea Islanders
– migrants from the Pacific Islands. From Global Education

Australian South Sea Islanders, 1867-1908
– background information from Queensland State Archives

History of the sugar industry
– history of the role of the South Sea Islanders in the Queensland sugar industry. From Australia Sugar Museum

Sugar slaves black chapter in agricultural history
– history of the South Sea Islanders. From ABC


Image reference:
Jackmanson, D 2007, Lion dancing, Photograph, Flickr, accessed 18 December 2014, <>, Creative Commons license: <>.