Image: Max Strating
Source: Museum Victoria
Question: Why isn’t my country included on the Origins website?
Answer: The Origins website currently includes 82 countries from which Victorians originated. These countries were selected on the basis of a Victorian population of 1,100 or more in the 2006 census. Although resources have limited the number of countries included, new countries with smaller Victorian populations will gradually be added to Origins.
All the statistical information used in the Origins website has come from census data collected since 1854, since the purpose of the site is to show Victoria’s immigrant population from first settlement until the present day. Origins was last updated after the 2006 census, and planning is underway to incorporate new data from the 2011 census. So you never know – your country just might make an appearance after the update!