|Albanian 13,142 (By Ancestry)1
|Regions with significant populations|
|Melbourne · Sydney · Brisbane|
|Albanian · Australian English|
|Related ethnic groups|
The first recorded Albanian to settle in Australia was Naum Konxha who arrived in Brisbane in 1885 with his English wife and decided to stay permanently. The second Albanian, Spiro Jani from Himara, arrived in Queensland in 1908. Then Kristo Zafiri arrived from Labora and Dhimiter Ikonomi from Drolpolli. They disembarked in 1913 from an English ship at Townsville. In 1914 Jan Konomi arrived and in 1920 Vasil and Thomas Kasneci.
However, the first significant Albanian migration to Australia started in the 1920s after the United States of America placed migration quota restrictions for Southern Europeans. Albanians who arrived in the 1920s settled in rural areas and engaged in agriculture related employment, mainly fruit growing. The 1933 Australian Census recorded 770 Albania-born living in Australia, mostly in Queensland and Victoria. Many Albanians settled around Mareeba in northern Queensland and in Brisbane. In Victoria, most Albanians settled around Shepparton in the Goulburn Valley fruit growing district.
Since 1990's the Albanian community has become more involved within the community forming associations such as the Australian Albanian Community Association, the Australian Albanian Women's Association and a more recent youth directed group Albanians Connect. As well as the Albanian Islamic Society and The Albanian Catholic Community. The Albanian community also has small community groups in minority areas such as Sydney, Shepparton and Dandenong.
The Albanian Folklore Group was formed in 2004 and ended around 2006. It was formed in 2011 and again established in mid 2012. The Albanian Folklore group have participated in many organised events. They've taken part in well-known events since establishment such as the:
- 2011 Premier Gala Dinner at Crown Casino,
- 2012 100 Years of Albanian Independence at Federation Square, Melbourne
- 2013 VIVA Victoria Festival at Federation Square, Melbourne
- 2013 101 Years of Albanian Independence at Parliament House, Melbourne
- 2014 Australia Day Piers Festival, St. Kilda
As well as performing at numerous Albanian festivals, dinners and other multicultural events throughout Victoria.
Their repertoire includes various folk dances from regions of Ethnic Albania including Albania, Kosova, Cameria (North-West Greece), Malesi, Kraja & Ulqin (South-East Montenegro) and Prespa, Tetovë, Gostivari, Dibra, & Struga (Western Macedonia) Their beautifully handcrafted traditional costumes, signifying each region.
- Ibrahim Balla - boxer, London Olympic Games representing Australia
- Qamil Balla - boxer, Delhi Commonwealth Games representing Australia
- Besart Berisha - football (soccer) player, Brisbane Roar and Albania
- Alex Buzo - playwright and author
- Gabriella Cilmi - Australian singer-songwriter of Arbereshe descent
- Ellvana Curo - football (soccer) player, Box Hill United and Albania
- Besa Deda - St George Bank chief economist
- Tania Doko - vocalist of pop band Bachelor Girl
- Mehmet Durakovic - former football (soccer) player, South Melbourne FC and Australia
- Labinot Haliti - football (soccer) player, Western Sydney Wanderers FC
- Agim Hushi - Tenor
- Zimi Meka - CEO of Ausenco
- Susie Ramadan - WBC World bantamweight Champion. The first Australian woman to win a professional world boxing title
- Taip Ramadani - Handball player, head coach of the Australian men’s national handball team
- Professor Avni Sali - President of the International Council of Integrative Medicine. A pioneer of integrative medicine
- Judge Rauf Soulio - chairman of the Australian Multicultural Council and a judge of the District Court of South Australia
- Adem Yze - Australian rules footballer, has made the third highest number of appearances in the history of the Melbourne Football Club
- Gary Zecevic - founder of the Calibre menswear brand
- Erik S. Lloga OAM - Professor and Researcher at Victoria University, awarded the Order of Australia Medal in 2003
- Department of immigration
- "20680-Country of Birth of Person (full classification list) by Sex - Australia" (Microsoft Excel download). 2006 Census. Australian Bureau of Statistics. Retrieved 2008-06-02. Total count of persons: 19,855,288.
- "20680-Ancestry (full classification list) by Sex - Australia" (Microsoft Excel download). 2006 Census. Australian Bureau of Statistics. Retrieved 2008-06-02. Total responses: 25,451,383 for total count of persons: 19,855,288.