In 2012 Australia, it is clearly visible that we live in a diverse, multicultural nation. Over time, more and more people from different countries have migrated to Australia for varying reasons. It is estimated that out of the 22 million people living in Australia in 2011, a whopping 27% were born overseas. Compared to preliminary findings from 1947, soon after the end of the war, there were around 7,580,820 people living in Australia, excluding full blood Aboriginals. In 1946, there were 7,113 naturalisation certificates granted to people of different origins. That is just 0.1% of the whole population in this year following the war. What this means regarding Australia’s population is that during the 65 years between 1946 and 2011, the number of foreigners living in Australia has raised by over 7 and a half million people. The whole population has only risen by 15 million.
In the years following the Second World War there was an increase in non-British citizens coming to Australia, and along with the people comes the culture. Today, not just in Tatura, but everywhere in Australia, there are so many different races, colours and cultures. Tatura still has families of Italians and Germans who share their own culture with us.
Although the internment camps were not necessarily a positive thing, they have provided knowledge for future generations. Imprisoning civilians due to their race will hopefully never happen again. Now that these lesser known facts of WW2 have been uncovered, the hope is that we as a nation will stand up against racially motivated attacks such as the civilian internments.