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Emigration to Australia

After the second world war, Australia became a popular destination for Dutch emigrants. Triggered by the ruins of the war, the housing shortage, and the bleak economic prospects in the agrarian sector, many people emigrated in the late 1940s and 1950s. Australia was the second-most popular destination (after Canada).

Dutch consulates in Australia kept detailed records of the Dutch immigrants. Some of this data has been made available through the website of the National Archive in The Hague.

The Australian government also kept track of their immigrants, and some of the information they collected is now available on the website of the National Archives of Australia.


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