The first known Chilean to arrive in Australia was a political exile, the former President of Chile, General Ramon Freire, who arrived in 1838. The number of Chilean migrants to Australia remained low – the 1901 Census indicated there were 90 Chile-born people in Australia.
Chris Watson, Australia’s third Prime Minister, was born in Valparaíso, Chile.
Australia and Chile have a strong bilateral relationship. Chile has been one of Latin America’s fastest-growing economies in recent decades, and approximately 200 Australian companies are active in Chile.
Resident Australian population born in Chile (2016) – 26,00
Australian residents of Chilean descent (2016) – 34,200
The Chilean Condors have competed in both the Harmony Cup and World 9s tournaments in Melbourne. Indeed, Chile are the current World 9s Division 2 champions, having defeated South Africa in the 2021 Grand Final.
If you are of Chilean descent and keen to represent Chile, please join the Team Chile Facebook group.
Jose Romero | Tim Kelly