The first ethnic Macedonians came to Australia in the 1890s. They were isolated individuals, and it was not until the late 1920s and late 1940s that larger groups began to arrive, mainly from Greece. The trend intensified in the late 1960s and the early 1970s with large groups of migrants from the Republic of Macedonia.
At the most recent Australian Census in 2006, a total of 83,978 persons in Australia declared their ancestry as Macedonian, while the number of people who spoke Macedonian at home totalled 67,833.
The Macedonian community in the Australian State of Victoria (capital city Melbourne) is one of the largest Macedonian Diaspora communities in the world.
At the 2006 Australian Census, in the State of Victoria 37,436 declared their ancestry as Macedonian, while there were 30,771 stated that they spoke Macedonian at home.
The next census in Australia will be held in August 2011. Click here for further information.