Germans have been in Australia since the commencement of European settlement in 1788. At least 73 Germans arrived in Australia as convicts.
Germans comprised a significant and enduring part of the settlement in South Australia, and German missionaries were among the first Europeans to settle in what is now Moreton Bay in south-east Queensland.
The first significant group of 517 migrants were Lutherans pursuing religious freedom and settled in South Australia in late 1838. Along with other Germans who arrived that year, they were considered by themselves and the British as founding pioneers. The 1850s gold rush in Victoria also drew large numbers of fortune-seeking adventurers from Germany with about 10,000 German migrants working the goldfields by 1861.
According to the 2016 census, over 102,000 Australian residents were born in Germany, while almost one million Australians claim German ancestry. Australia has long been a popular destination for German tourists and students.
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 German descent and keen to represent Germany, please join the Team Germany Facebook group.
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