Mauritius has a long connection with Australia dating back to the establishment of a trading relationship after the Peace of Amiens (1802-03).
Early immigrants to Australia included Mauritian convicts, prospectors who came to the Victorian goldfields and skilled sugar workers who made a significant contribution to the development of the Queensland sugar industry. Sugar from Mauritius had been a major import to Australia in the 19th Century.
By the early 1960s, there were about 1,580 Mauritians living in Australia. About 14,000 Mauritians left their homeland between 1966 and 1972, some migrating to Australia. Given the size of Mauritius, the number of Mauritians in Australia is substantial.
The latest Census in 2016 recorded 24,329 Mauritius-born people in Australia. Victoria had the largest number with 11,812 followed by New South Wales (5,731), Western Australia (4,605) and Queensland (1,550).
Have you ever wanted to pull on your national jumper and represent your country?
Playing Footy 9s gives you an opportunity to do just that! It’s a fun and exciting new sport, with both full contact (tackling) and non-contact (no tackling) options to choose from.
If you are of Mauritian descent and keen to represent Mauritius, please contact us.