Captain Cook discovered Australia, and from there more convicts were being brought over.
During this time, Britain brought over 160,000 convicts to Australia.
The beginning of the Gold Rush meant many people made their way over to Australia to look for gold.
The White Australia Policy meant that anyone of non-European descent couldn’t enter Australia. For 57 years, migrants had to pass a dictation test in any European language in order to enter Australia.
Post-war years meant that people from war-torn countries fled to Australia for a new and better life.
The end of the White Australia Policy under Gough Whitlam’s prime-ministership allowed more immigrants to come into Australia, especially boat people from Asian countries.
increasing numbers of Middle Eastern and Sri Lankan asylum seekers have arrived in Australia by boat.