Since 1945, about 6.9 million people have come to Australia as new settlers. Their contribution to Australian society, culture and prosperity has been an important factor in shaping the nation. After the Second World War, more than 160,000 Greek people came to Australia, working first in factories or farms as unskilled or semi-skilled labour. The Greek population in Melbourne constitutes one of the largest Greek settlements in the world. Refer to the Origins website, 'Immigrant Communities in Victoria' for further information at http://museumvictoria.com.au/origins/history.aspx?pid=23
Ask students to discuss their family's immigration history, if they were immigrants to Australia. Ask them to interview their parents, grandparents and perhaps great grandparents to find out how their family came to Australia. They could investigate the website Ancestry.com.au, http://www.ancestry.com.au for ideas and information on key elements, such as how to create a family tree or locate immigration history information.
Students create a family tree using the free ancestral chart on Ancestry.com.au at http://www.ancestry.com
- This family tree can become part of a series of immigration history projects called 'My family story'. The project could be created online as a stand-alone activity or as part of the 'My family story' project.