Armenian Australians

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Australian Armenians
Total population
16,723 (by ancestry, 2011)[1]
Regions with significant populations
Sydney and Melbourne
Armenian, Arabic, Russian and Australian English
Majority Armenian Apostolic Church,
Armenian Catholic Church, Armenian Evangelical Church and Protestantism
Related ethnic groups
Armenian Americans

Armenian Australians refers to Australians of Armenian national background or descent. They have become one of the key Armenian diasporas around the world and among the largest in the English-speaking world.

While the Armenian community in Australia is among the youngest of all diasporas, Australia's economic prosperity over the past decade has attracted many skilled Armenian migrants. The official relationship between Australia and Armenia started on 26 December 1991, and diplomatic relations were established on 15 January 1992.[2]


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.[2]

Today the Australo-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[3] and City of Warringah. Smaller communities exist in Adelaide, Brisbane, and Perth.

Interestingly, Australians of Armenian descent are recognized for their success in Banking, Financing, Law and Business.


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 centres

In Sydney there are several main cultural centres 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 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:

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


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.

  • Gladys Berejiklian - Member of NSW Parliament, Treasurer, Premier of New South Wales.[23]
  • Vic Darchinyan - Three-division world champion boxer.
  • George Donikian - Network Ten news presenter.
  • Artin Etmekdjian - First Australian of Armenian heritage to be Mayor of a Local Government Authority in Australia - City Of Ryde (2010-2012)
  • Brian Goorjian - Regarded as Australia's most successful basketball coach.
  • Slava Grigoryan - classical guitarist, two time ARIA winner.
  • Jano Toussounian - Australian/Armenian actor.
  • Joe Hockey (Armenian father's surname was "Hokeidonian" before he arrived in Australia) - Member of Federal Parliament - Treasurer. Ambassador of Australia to the United States of America from 2016
  • Yurik Sarkisian - Olympic Silver medalist and two time World Champion weightlifter, set 17 world records during his career.

See also[edit]


  1. ^ The People of Australia – Statistics from the 2011 Census (PDF). Australian Government. 2014. ISBN 978-1-920996-23-9. Archived from the original (PDF) on 14 July 2014.
  2. ^ a b "Armenia country brief". Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade. July 2015. Retrieved 25 December 2015.
  3. ^ Julito Briones (21 May 2007). "A report about Sydney". Retrieved 26 December 2015.
  4. ^ "Social Democrat Hunchakian Party - Australian Leadership". Retrieved 25 December 2015.
  5. ^ "Armenian Youth Federation of Australia". Retrieved 25 December 2015.
  6. ^ "Armenian National Committee of Australia". Retrieved 25 December 2015.
  7. ^ "Galstaun College Armenian Primary & Secondary School". Retrieved 25 December 2015.
  8. ^ a b "Hamazkaine Nairi and Homenetmen Ararat Sydney Chapter". Retrieved 25 December 2015.
  9. ^ "Armenian - SBS Your Language". 12 November 2015. Retrieved 25 December 2015.
  10. ^ "Australian Armenian Chamber of Commerce". Retrieved 25 December 2015.
  11. ^ Homenetmen Australia Regional Website
  12. ^ "Hyehoki -" 大阪の霊園徹底比較. (in Amharic). Retrieved 25 December 2015.
  13. ^ Armenian Info & Portal Web Site
  14. ^ "Galstaun College, Ingleside NSW - Sydney Armenian Primary & Secondary School". Retrieved 25 December 2015.
  15. ^ "Calendar". Alexander Primary School. Retrieved 1 September 2013.
  16. ^ "Alex Manoogian Armenian Language School". Retrieved 1 September 2013.
  17. ^ Armenians#Religion
  18. ^ "Australian Standard Classification of Religious Groups (ASCRG), 1996". Australian Bureau of Statistics. 21 April 2006. Retrieved 25 December 2015.
  19. ^ "The Armenian Apostolic Church". CNEWA. 23 November 2015. Retrieved 25 December 2015.
  20. ^ "Our Lady Of The Assumption". Retrieved 25 December 2015.
  21. ^ This page contains addresses of all Armenian Brotherhood Churches Around the World
  22. ^ "Armenian Evangelical Brethren Church". Retrieved 25 December 2015.
  23. ^ "The Hon. Gladys Gladys Berejiklian, BA, DIntS, MCom MP". Parliament of New South Wales. 19 May 2015. Archived from the original on 24 December 2015. Retrieved 25 December 2015.

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