Australians in the United Kingdom

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Australians in the United Kingdom
Total population
Residents born in Australia
126,316 (2011 Census)
113,000 (2013 Office for National Statistics estimate)
Regions with significant populations
Regions: London, South East England, East of England, South West England, and Scotland
Cities: London (Earl's Court, Kensington, Hammersmith, Fulham, Shepherds Bush and Putney)
Australian English

Australians in the United Kingdom include Australians who have become residents or citizens of the United Kingdom. The largest segment of Australia's diaspora of 1 million resides in the United Kingdom.[1]

The 2001 UK Census recorded 107,871 Australian-born people.[2] In that census, the highest concentration of Australians in the UK was recorded in south-west London, with sizeable communities in Earl's Court, Kensington, Hammersmith, Fulham, Shepherds Bush and Putney.[3] In 2007, Bloomberg reported that there were approximately 200,000 Australians in London.[4] In 2008, The Times reported that there were 400,000 Australians in the United Kingdom.[5] The 2011 UK Census recorded 113,592 residents born in Australia in England, 2,695 in Wales,[6] 8,279 in Scotland,[7] and 1,750 in Northern Ireland.[8] The Office for National Statistics estimates that 113,000 people born in Australia were resident in the UK in 2013.[9]

The late-2000s recession resulted in increased number of Australians moving from the UK. 2,700 Australians left each month in late 2008, compared to 1,750 a month in 2005.[10]

Notable individuals[edit]

Name Occupation
Vanessa Amorosi Singer and entertainer
Peter André Singer (Born in London and raised in Australia)
Francis Bacon Artist (Father born in Australia)
Nick Cave Singer, songwriter and screenwriter
Hubert Clifford Composer and conductor; born 1904 in Victoria
John Gregory Crace Naval officer
Lynton Crosby Political strategist
Alexander Downer High Commissioner
Richard Farleigh Investor
John Gough Composer, radio producer and radio playwright; born 1903 in Tasmania
Germaine Greer Feminist and writer
Charlotte Hatherley Former Guitarist and backing Vocalist for band Ash, Father is Australian.
Rolf Harris Television presenter, artist, singer-songwriter, entertainer, composer and convicted sex offender (Born in Australia to Welsh parents but has lived in the United Kingdom since 1952)
Darren Hayes Singer
Patricia Hewitt Former British Cabinet Minister and MP
David Higgins Businessman
Craig Revel Horwood Choreographer
Barry Humphries Comedian, actor and satirist
Clive James Writer and broadcaster
Craig Johnston Professional footballer
Harry Kewell Football player
Kathy Lette Novelist and playwright
Elle Macpherson Model, actress, and businesswoman
Tim Minchin Comedian, actor and musician
Dannii Minogue Singer, television personality and actress
Kylie Minogue Singer and actress
Elisabeth Murdoch founder television production company Shine TV (UK)
John Pilger Journalist and documentary film maker
Amanda Platell Journalist and television presenter, best known as William Hague's press secretary in 1997-2001
Peter Porter Poet
Geoffrey Robertson Human rights lawyer, author and broadcaster
Dan Schreiber Radio and TV writer and producer (QI, The Museum of Curiosity)
Tony Smith Former rugby league player and head coach of the Warrington Wolves
Holly Valance Actress
Mark Webber Racing driver
Adam Hills Australian Comedian, presents The Last Leg
Natalie Bennett Leader of The Green Party of England and Wales

See also[edit]


  1. ^ "King's College London, Menzies Centre for Australian Studies - Report for the Year 2005-6" (PDF). King's College London, Menzies Centre for Australian Studies. Archived from the original (PDF) on 28 October 2016. 
  2. ^ "Country-of-birth database". Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development. Archived from the original on 11 May 2005. Retrieved 7 December 2008. 
  3. ^ "Born abroad: Australia". BBC News. 7 September 2005. Retrieved 5 October 2009. 
  4. ^ Daley, Gemma (23 November 2007). "Australia's Voters Choose Between Howard, Rudd (Update1)". Bloomberg. Retrieved 18 November 2013. [dead link]
  5. ^ "British paper pleads with Aussies not to go home". The Sydney Morning Herald. 26 November 2008. Retrieved 18 November 2013. 
  6. ^ "2011 Census: Quick Statistics for England and Wales on National Identity, Passports Held and Country of Birth". Office for National Statistics. 26 March 2013. Archived from the original (XLS) on 5 January 2016. Retrieved 20 November 2015. 
  7. ^ "Country of birth (detailed)" (PDF). National Records of Scotland. Retrieved 23 October 2016. 
  8. ^ "Country of Birth - Full Detail: QS206NI". Northern Ireland Statistics and Research Agency. Archived from the original on 4 March 2016. Retrieved 20 November 2015. 
  9. ^ "Table 1.3: Overseas-born population in the United Kingdom, excluding some residents in communal establishments, by sex, by country of birth, January 2013 to December 2013". Office for National Statistics. 2 July 2015. Archived from the original (XLS) on 5 January 2016. Retrieved 23 October 2016: Figure given is the central estimate. See the source for 95 per cent confidence intervals. 
  10. ^ Hamilton, Fiona (25 November 2008). "London exodus as Australians return home for jobs and sun". The Times. Retrieved 5 October 2009.