I became an uncle last week!
My sister had a baby boy. His name is ‘Harvey’. He is my parents’ first grandchild. My sister and her boyfriend live near my parents, in Tasmania. Tasmania is called “Tassie” for short.
Here is a picture of my nephew:
I’m tickled pink!
The birth rate in Australia is about 1.8 children per woman – not as low as Japan, but we still need immigration to survive as a country. Immigration has already been a huge part of Australia’s history over the past 200 years. Right now, more than 25% of Australian residents were born overseas! The link shows the ‘top 10’ countries of birth for people now living in Australia:
Estimated Resident Population, Australia -Top 10 countries of birth – 30 June 2015(a)(b)(c)
Country of birth Persons no. % of Australian population
UK, CIs & IOM(d) 1,207,000 5.1
New Zealand 611,400 2.6
China(e) 481,800 2.0
India 432,700 1.8
Phillippines 236,400 1.0
Vietnam 230,200 1.0
Italy 198,200 0.8
South Africa 178,700 0.8
Malaysia 156,500 0.7
Germany 125,900 0.5
(a) Estimates are preliminary – see paragraph 9 of the Explanatory Notes.
(b) Top 10 countries of birth excluding Australia.
(c) All population figures presented in this table are rounded. Estimates of the proportion of the Australian population are based on unrounded numbers.
(d) United Kingdom, Channel Islands and Isle of Man.
(e) Excludes SARs and Taiwan.
I’ve been living in Korea and Japan for more than 5 years now. People often ask me ‘What do Australians look like?’ It’s difficult to answer really, except to say that we look like people from all over the world, because that’s what we are!
Most of the Australian guys who become famous actors overseas seem to be this type though.
Hugh Jackman Chris Hemsworth Sam Worthington