Few Latvians arrived in Australia before 1947. Between 1947 and 1952, 19,700 Latvian refugees arrived in Australia as displaced persons under the supervision of the International Refugee Organisation. The first voyage under Arthur Calwell’s Displaced Persons immigration program, that of the ship General Stuart Heintzelman in 1947, was specially chosen to be all from Baltic nations. Of the 843 immigrants on the Heintzelman, 264 were Latvian.
Resident Australian population born in Latvia (2016 census) – 3,756
Australian residents of Latvian descent (2016 census) – 20,514
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 Latvian descent and keen to represent Latvia, please contact us.