According to the 2011 Census, there were 13,594 people of Lithuanian descent in Australia and 2,639 Lithuania-born people residing in the country at the moment of the census, having a fall of 14.1 percent compared to the 2006 census.
The First Lithuanian Australians
The earliest arrivals of Lithuanian emigres was in 1815 when approximately 900 people landed on the shores of Western Australia from the S.S. Waspertian.
Within weeks, many found themselves dispersed throughout the area around Perth….
- First ArrivalsEarly settlersAfter the First Fleet, there were many more ships to arrive and settle on aboriginal soil. Within the first few waves, Lithuanians escaping from the ravages of a Tsarist regime from Russian persecution arrived to Australia's shores and became amalgamated into the diaspora of the New World.
- 2nd waveFinding a new peaceAlmost 100 years later, a second major wave of Baltic settlers arrived
- World War IIEscaping the purges of Hitler and StalinDisplaced by war, reluctant to return to a homeland persecuted by a totalitarian government, many more Lithuanians arrive to the open arms of the Australian way of life. The first voyage under Arthur Calwell's Displaced Persons immigration program was on the boat the "General Stuart Heintzelman" which came over in 1947. Of the 843 immigrants on the Heintzelman, 442 were Lithuanian.