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Overlapping identities in pre-WWII South Australia: lessons for 21st Century Australia

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posted on 04.05.2017, 04:44 by Young, Janette, McIntyre, Janet, Drummond, Murray
Many people believe that prior to the post-WWII mass immigration Australia’s population was almost entirely of British origin. They also believe that post-war immigration lead to a significant change in the ethnic composition of the non-indigenous population of Australia, necessitating the policy of multiculturalism to manage such increased diversity. However evidence from South Australia suggests that non-British immigration was surprisingly common before 1945, particularly before 1901, and that the assumed homogenous British origin population at 1901 and 1945 hid a greater proportion of non-British ancestry than has commonly been assumed. Evidence of inter-ethnic families and marriages suggests that much of this integration was peaceable in the absence of formal policies to manage interethnic relationships. Copyright. Monash University and the author/s


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People and place, vol. 15, no. 3 (2007), p. 42-52. ISSN 1039-4788

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