Armenian Australian

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Armenian Australians
Total population
15789 (2006 Census)[1]
other estimates: 50.000[2]
Regions with significant populations
Sydney, Ryde, Willoughby, Warringah, Melbourne
Languages
Armenian, Arabic, Russian and Australian English
Religion
Majority Armenian Apostolic Church,
Armenian Catholic Church, Armenian Evangelical Church and Protestantism
Related ethnic groups
Armenian groups

Armenian Australian are Australians who have ancestry from the country of Armenia. They have become one of the key Armenian diasporas around the world and amongst the largest in the English-speaking world. While the Armenian community in Australia is amongst the youngest of all diasporas, Australia’s economic prosperity over the past decade has attracted a large number of skilled Armenian migrants. The official relationship between Australia and Armenia started on 26 December 1991, and diplomatic relations were established on 15 January 1992.[3]

Overview[edit]

The influx of Armenians into Australia has come from many different Diaspora countries; these countries include Armenia, Egypt, Iran, Lebanon, Syria, Jordan, Israel, Turkey and India.[3]

Today the Austral-Armenian community includes members born in up to and over 43 different countries. The main concentration of Armenians in Sydney are in the City of Ryde (12,000 - 15,000) followed by City of Willoughby [2] and City of Warringah. Smaller communities exist in Adelaide, Brisbane and Perth. Australians of Armenian heritage are well known in Sydney and now hold an annual festival in the CBD each year which attracts over 25,000 visitors and is the second largest cultural festival behind the Greek festival.

Increasingly Australians of Armenian heritage are being recognized for their success in Politics, Banking & Finance and Law. Armenians of Australia are exceptionally well regarded and recognized in the Jewelry industry and many avenues of trade.

Organizations[edit]

All traditional Armenian diaspora parties have established in the country:

There are also many associated political groupings like:

Other operating social and cultural organisations within the Armenian Australian community:

Cultural centers

In Sydney there are several main cultural centers to which Armenians gather, one located in Willoughby, New South Wales named the Armenian Cultural Centre and another located in Bonnyrigg, New South Wales[13] named the Armenian Cultural Panoyan Centre, and smaller Cultural Centres in Neutral Bay, City of Ryde, Frenchs Forest (Ararat Reserve) and Naremburn, Sydney. Melbourne also has several cultural centres. Armenian National Committee are extremely talented fundraisers.

Education[edit]

Armenian is an accepted language in the NSW HSC also known as Armenian Continuers the course is taught at Saturday schools or as a subject at full-time Armenian schools.

Armenian Schooling has become stronger throughout the Australian community with two full-time schools operating in Sydney, these are:

  • Galstaun College[14]
  • AGBU Alexander Primary School[15]

Alongside which a number of Saturday schools operate as listed below:

  • Toumanian Armenian Saturday School[8]
  • AGBU Alex Manoogian Saturday School[16]
  • Tarkmanchatch Armenian Saturday School
  • Serop Papazian Armenian Saturday School
  • Looyce Armenian Catholic School

Religion[edit]

The oldest and largest Armenian church in Australia and throughout the world[17] is the Armenian Apostolic Church, which in Australia is led by Archbishop Haigazoun Najarian who is the Primate of the Australian and New Zealand Armenian Apostolic churches and replaced Archbishop Aghan Baliozian. The Armenian Catholic community is led by Father Parsegh (Basil) Sousanian. there is also a presence of the Armenian Evangelical Church in Sydney and Melbourne in addition to the Holy Trinity Armenian Brotherhood Church and the Armenian Evangelical Brethren Church, both in Sydney.[18]

Notable Armenian Australians[edit]

The Australian Armenian community has produced many notable figures who have become key members who shape the identity of Armenians in Australia. Below are a few of these members.

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