3,710 (by birth, 2011)|
23,037 (by ancestry, 2011)
|Regions with significant populations|
|Melbourne, Tasmania, Adelaide, Sydney, Perth|
|Australian English, Norwegian|
|Protestant, Roman Catholic|
|Related ethnic groups|
|Danish Australians, Swedish Australians|
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An organised European immigration to Australia was initiated in 1788. Most of the early emigrants were deported from Britain to the "Penal Colony". The most famous was probably Knud Geelmuyden Bull (1811 - 1889), from Bergen, a painter and forger of coins who was deported to Hobart, Tasmania.
Organised emigration began with a single person in 1867, two the next year and 15 emigrants in 1869. There was a strong percentage growth, with 50 in 1870, 221 in 1871, 784 in 1872, 354 in 1873, 36 in 1874, 76 in 1875 and 42 in 1876, about 1500 in total. In 1880, a further 595 Norwegians emigrated to Australia.
In 2008, 800 people celebrated the Norwegian Constitution Day in Brisbane. The 17 May celebrations in Brisbane have in recent years been considered to be the largest celebration of the Norwegian national day in the southern hemisphere.
Australia is one of the most popular countries for Norwegian students.
Half of the Norwegian students in Australia and New Zealand are members of ANSA — the Association of Norwegian Students Abroad. The Norwegian Embassy in Canberra cooperates closely with ANSA Australia, and has for instance its own column in ANSA Australia's magazine "ANZA".
Notable Norwegian Australians
|Name||Birth and Death||Occupation||Notes|
|Wally Koochew||1887 – 1932||Australian rules football Player||Chinese and Norwegian descent|
|Henry Lawson||1867 – 1922||Writer and poet||Norwegian descent|
|Chris Leikvoll||1975 –||Rugby league player||Norwegian descent|
|Annalise Braakensiek||1972 –||Model, actress and TV presenter||Czech, German and Norwegian descent|
|Anita Hegh||1972 –||Actor||Norwegian and Swedish-Estonian descent|
|Dominic Purcell||1970 –||Actor||Norwegian, English and Irish descent|
|Mary Hansen||1966 – 2002||Singer||Danish and Norwegian descent|
|Jasmuheen||1957 –||Breatharian||Norwegian descent|
|Derek Hansen||1944 –||Novelist and story writer||Norwegian descent|
|Justus Jorgensen||1893 – 1975||Artist and Architect||Norwegian descent|
- "Knud Geelmuyden Bull". Design and Art Australia Online.
- Dagsavisen - Storstilt 17. mai feiring i Australia