9,025 (by birth, 2011)
54,026 (by ancestry, 2011)
|Related ethnic groups|
|Danes, Greenlanders, Danish American, Danish Canadians, Dutch, Dutch Australian, Dutch American|
A Danish Australian is an inhabitant of Australia with full or partial Danish ancestry, the majority of these people were part of the Danish diaspora. At the 2006 Census 8,963 Australian residents declared they were born in Denmark. In addition 50,413 Australian residents claimed Danish ancestry, either singuarly or with another ancestry.
History of immigration from Denmark to Australia
There was some Danish immigration at the time of the Australian gold rushes. It was estimated that there were 1,000 Danes on the Victorian goldfields. Danish immigrants had a significant effect on the Australian dairy industry from the 1880s, in particular establishing and managing butter factories.
Danes in Tasmania
During the 1870s, a number of East Prussian and Danish Lutherans arrived in Tasmania. Most of them settled in the farming district of Bismarck, attracted by the cheap land and an abundance of clean water. The area was declared a town in 1881.
Lutheranism was very slow to establish in Tasmania. Due to the absence of a Lutheran church, some of the Germans in Bismarck joined the Seventh-day Adventist Church, which arrived in the region in 1889. A Lutheran church was finally opened in Hobart on 11 August 1871 and remains active today but none was ever built in Bismarck.
There was little emigration from Denmark to Australia in the first half of the twentieth century: in 1901 Australia had a population of 6,281 people who had been born in Denmark; in 1947 that number was 2,759. At both counts the population was approximately 75% male. Danish men married women of other ethnicities in Australia which made it harder for the community to maintain its identity.
Danish citizens were within the scope of Australia's Post war immigration scheme. From a population of 2,954 Danish Australians in 1954, there were 7,911 Danes living in Australia in 1981. Masculinity ratios were healthier with 58% of these being males.
Notable Danish Australians
|Name||Born||Notable for||Connection with Australia and Denmark|
|Joh Bjelke-Petersen||1911–2005||Former Queensland Premier||New Zealand-born of Danish descent|
|Carl Adolf Feilberg||1844–1887||Journalist, commentator, human rights activist||Danish-born|
|Jørgen Jensen||1891–1922||Businessman||Danish-born Australian recipient of the Victoria Cross|
|Jørgen Jørgensen||1780–1841||Sailor and Adventurer||Danish-born|
|Marie Bjelke Petersen||1874–1969||Novelist||Danish-born|
|Candy Devine||—||Broadcaster||Of Danish, Spanish, Scottish, Sri Lankan, Filipino, Polynesian and West Indian descent|
|Mary Hansen||1966–2002||Guitarist and Singer||Of Danish and Norwegian descent|
|Don Hany||1975-||Actor||Danish-Hungarian mother, Iraqi father|
|Dennis Olsen||1938-||Singer and Actor|
|Lawrence Springborg||1968-||Politician||Of Danish and German descent|
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- ABS Census - ethnicity, 2006
- Jupp, James, ed. (2001), "Danes", The Australian People: An Encyclopedia of the Nation, Its People and Their Origins, Cambridge University Press, pp. 252 –, ISBN 978-0-521-80789-0
- Webb, Kerry: Rallying the Danes: Prince Frederik of Denmark, Nordic Notes (Flinders University), 2003.
- Collinsvale Seventh-day Adventist Church - Collinsvale Church History
- St Peter's Lutheran Church
- "Danish community" Australia - Google Search