There were merely 170,000 population back in 1868. When gold was discovered. The Chinese were the first to appear. Almost 50,000 Chinese arrived in Australia to try their luck. They were not welcomed by the local Australians and miners.
In 1901, the "Immigration Restriction Act" (White Australia Policy) were formed. This was when Europeans, Americans and Canadians made their great ocean crossing to become Australians.
Today, 142 years later, Australia has approximately 22 millions populations (as of 26 Nov 2010).
I'm a migrant myself, in both Malaysia and Australia. Are you a migrant too?
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