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British Migrants: Instant Australians

Between 1947 and 1981 nearly 1.5 million British people arrived in Australia, the largest migrant wave in Australian history. The majority were English, and all were expected to easily assimilate and become instant Australians. But the reality was not so simple.

Most received financial assistance and the automatic advantages of citizenship. This special treatment was part of the Australian Government’s ambitious post-war population drive. At the heart of this initiative was a desire to maintain a mainly white, British population.

British migrants tell their own stories, revealing the diversity of these experiences.

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Arts, Culture & Heritage

Immigration Museum
400 Flinders Street
Melbourne, Victoria 3000

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