From restricted to assisted: Maltese migration to Australia

Event details

Events and Exhibitions

Date & time

16 August 2022

10 am to 11 am


National Archives of Australia
16 Corporate Drive
Cannon Hill QLD 4170



Did you know that migration from Malta was once heavily restricted because the Maltese were seen as a threat to ‘white Australia’. Yet after the Second World War, Malta was one of the first countries Australia signed an assisted migration agreement with. This seminar will explore the intriguing history of Maltese migration to Australia during the twentieth century, using case studies from the National Archives’ collection to highlight how perceptions and policies changed over time.