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Armenian Community in South Australia

There is not much known about the original settlement of the Armenians in South Australia and no exact information is available about the fluctuatin population. Currently, the Armenian Community in South Australia is mainly based in Adelaide.

As a result of an influx of Armenians from the Diaspora, mainly from the Middle East, the community grew significantly in 1960’s and 70’s. The Armenian Cultural Association of South Australia was founded in the late 1960’s and the community was very active with annual balls, picnics, and social evenings. There were Armenian language classes for the children on Sundays.

The community dwindled during 1980’s. Many members relocated to Sydney and Melbourne to be part of larger communities with access to Armenian schools and churches. It is noteworthy that age and assimilation have also taken their toll.

Since the fall of the Soviet Union, some Armenians have migrated from Armenia to South Australia. There has also been an increase of immigrants from the Diaspora again and there is a new generation of young parents and children emerging to preserve the language and culture.

There is no Armenian Apostolic Church in South Australia. Over the years, Armenian priests from Sydney and Melbourne have visited the community. Since 2005, the community has been blessed by pastoral visits of His Eminence Aghan Archbishop Baliozian.

On March 25th, 2009, the Legislative Council of South Australia unanimously recognized the Armenian genocide, and on April 30th, 2009, the House of Assembly passed a motion in recognition of the Armenian, Pontian Greek and Assyrian genocides unanimously. These recognitions have been great achievements for the small Armenian community in South Australia.


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