Jewish experience in Australia

The Right Hon. Sir Isaac Isaacs
The Right Hon. Sir Isaac Isaacs, the first Australian-born Governor-General of Australia, in full uniform at Admiralty House in Sydney, was of Jewish descent. (NAA: A1200, L8925)

The Jewish people have been part of Australian history since 1788. At least eight Jewish convicts came on the First Fleet. Over 1000 more people of Jewish descent were sent to Australia as convicts during the next 60 years. In addition, Jewish free settlers were arriving in Australia as early as the 1820s. By 1901 it is estimated there were more than 15,000 Jews in Australia.

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