1890s

Non-Europeans not allowed

Cartoon by Oslo Davis Cartoon by Oslo Davis
Source: Museum Victoria
 

Economic depression hits hard and Melbourne crashes into debt.

With few prospects for intending settlers, immigration comes to a virtual standstill.

In 1892, the French language newspaper Le Courrier Australien first appears. It becomes the oldest continuously published foreign language newspaper in Australia.

A conference of colonial governments extends the restrictions on Chinese immigration to all non-Europeans.

In 1896, the Victorian Factories and Shops Act makes all workplaces employing Chinese workers subject to inspection, and requires that all furniture made by Chinese labour must be stamped as such.

The colonies debate the benefits of forming a nation of federated states.

Aus Pop (1895): 3,491,621
Vic Pop (1895): 1,185,676 Figures taken from Colonial and Commonwealth censuses and exclude Aborigines until 1971.

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