So I decided to crunch the numbers and see what they looked like.
After some analysis I can say that my grandparents on both side of the family were born in Australia, and that the bulk of my family has been in Australia for more than 3 generations.
I have lived in Victoria for most of my life with a short stint in Queensland and New South Wales as a child, however I have always assumed that my grandparents and their ancestors had always lived in Victoria. It’s interesting ponder why I would assume that my relatives were more or less static particularly when they had come an enormous distance to get to Australia.
So what was their point of arrival?
As you can see above for those individuals that I have managed to pin point coming into Australia, only half came to Victoria initially, maybe they eventually came following work or seeking gold. They had all arrived in Australia by the 1895, one coming as early as 1816. It makes you wonder why they chose to come into certain ports, particularly if they turned up in Victoria within in 6 to 12 months later. Was it cheaper to go another state first, or was it the advertising that they say back in the home country, or was it easier to get tickets to other ports, or were there already relatives waiting for them in those places? Hmmm, lots of unresolved possibilities.
Looks like I need to revisit the data....but where to start?