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Populate or perish: 20th century Immigration to Australia

September 11 @ 9:00 AM - 11:00 AM

$15 – $25

To increase the number of workers available for defence and development, Prime Minister Joseph Chifley approved an urgent recruitment campaign in Europe after WW2 to attract migrants. The slogan ‘populate or perish‘ was used to help the Australian population accept a large and more diverse intake of migrants. However, the Australian population had already been steadily increasing since the early years of the 20th century. This talk presents a broad overview of 20th-century immigration up to the late 1960s, highlighting some of the migration schemes, the source of migrants, their probable destination in Australia, and suggests where records may be located.

About the Presenter:
Pauline Williams

Pauline has been researching her family history for over 30 years and has regularly presented talks for GSQ and other organisations on a wide range of topics. She convenes GSQs Writing Group, contributes to GSQs blog, and regularly writes for Generation.


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September 11
9:00 AM - 11:00 AM
$15 – $25
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Virtually via Zoom
QLD Australia


(07) 3349 6072
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