92,337 (by country of birth, 2006) [1 ]
Regions with significant populations
Melbourne, Sydney, Perth [2 ]
Australian English, Malaysian English, Malaysian Mandarin, Cantonese, Malay
Christianity (43%), Buddhism (26%), Islam (5%) [3 ]
Related ethnic groups
Various ethnic groups of Malaysia, Singaporean Australian, Cocos Malays
Malaysian Australian is an Australian person who is from or has ancestral ties to Malaysia. This may include Malays as well as overseas Chinese, Indian and other groups. There are also ethnic Malays in Australia who came to Australia prior to the establishment of Malaysia, or who have come from other regional countries including Indonesia, Singapore and Brunei.
Demography [ edit ]
People born in Malaysia as a percentage of the population in
divided geographically by postal area, as of the 2011 census.
At the 2006 Census 92,335 Australian residents stated that they were born in Malaysia.
64,855 Malaysian born Australian residents declared having Chinese ancestry (either alone or with another ancestry), 12,057 declared a Malay ancestry and 5,848 declared an Indian ancestry. [4 ] [3 ]
Malaysian Australians are well established in Australia. Slightly more than half (46,445) had
Australian citizenship, and 47,521 had arrived in Australia in 1989 or earlier. [3 ] 32,325 spoke English at home, 24,347 spoke [3 ] Cantonese, 18,676 spoke Mandarin and 5,329 spoke Bahasa Melayu. Malaysian Australians were resident in [3 ] Melbourne (29,174), Sydney (21,211) and Perth (18,993). [2 ]
Although Malaysia has a 60% Muslim population, only 5% of Malaysian-born Australians cited Islam as their religion in the 2006 Census, the largest religions were Christianity (43%) and Buddhism (26%).
History [ edit ]
labourers were brought over to Australia to work mainly in the copra, sugarcane, pearl diving and trepang industries. In the case of Cocos Islands, the Malays were first brought as slaves under Alexander Hare in 1826, but were then employed as coconut harvesters for copra. However, there were no historical facts that prove that the Malays settled in mainland Australia and the east coast until the late 19th century, where they not only worked in the trepang or pearl diving industry, but also in sugarcane plantations.
Western Australia and the Northern Territory, Malay pearl divers were recruited through an agreement with the Dutch. By 1875, there were 1800 Malay pearl divers working in Western Australia itself. Most of them returned home when their contract expired. The Immigration Restriction Act 1901 severely curtailed the growth of this community.
Number of permanent settlers arriving in Australia from Malaysia since 1991 (monthly)
From the 1950s onwards Malaysians came to Australia to study under the
Colombo Plan, with many choosing to stay in Australia after graduation. Their numbers increased following the end of the Immigration Restriction Act in 1973. As Malaysia's affluence increased, more students came to study as self-financed students. [ ] citation needed
Notable Malaysian Australians [ edit ]
See also [ edit ]
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Further reading [ edit ]
. Melbourne: Islamic Council of Victoria, 2002. The Muslims in Australia: A Brief History JPS Bach, 'The pearlshelling industry and the "White Australia" policy', Historical Studies, Australia and New Zealand, vol. 10, no. 38, May 1962, pp. 203–213
Bilal Cleland, Muslims in Australia: A Brief History, www.icv.org.au/history.shtml
Nahid Kabir, Muslims in Australia: Immigration, Race Relations, and Cultural History, Kegan Paul, London, 2004
Nahid Kabir, 'Muslims in Western Australia, 1870-1970', Journal of the Royal Western Australian Historical Society, vol. 12, part 5, 2005, pp. 550–565
L Manderson, 'Malays' in James Jupp (ed.), The Australian People, Angus and Robertson, Sydney, 1988, pp. 691–93
Daniel Oakman, Facing Asia: A History of the Colombo Plan, Pandanus Press, Canberra, 2004
Gwenda Tavan, The Long, Slow Death of White Australia, Scribe, Melbourne 2005
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