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The three largest ancestries in Sydenham District in 2011 were Australian, English and Italian.

Ancestry defines the cultural association and ethnic background of an individual going back three generations. Ancestry is a good measure of the total size of cultural groups in Sydenham District regardless of where they were born or what language they speak.

Ancestry data, should be combined with data on Birthplace, Language Spoken at Home and Religion for a more complete picture of Sydenham District's ethnic characteristics.

Please note that the "Australian Aboriginal" and "Torres Strait Islander" categories in this topic are not considered to be a reliable estimate of the indigenous peoples of Australia. For information on this group, please use the "Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Population" found on the Population page.

Derived from the Census question:

'What is the person's ancestry?'

Multi-response

Total population

Ancestry - Ranked by size
Sydenham District - Total persons (Usual residence)20112006Change
AncestryNumber%City of Brimbank %Number%City of Brimbank %2006 to 2011
Australian
7,16415.412.98,11217.415.1-948
English
5,95512.811.85,63612.111.8+319
map this data in atlas.idItalian5,52511.97.05,62612.17.8-101
Maltese
3,7878.26.74,0708.78.1-283
Greek
2,4855.43.92,6035.64.6-118
Indian
2,3375.04.31,4633.12.2+875
Macedonian
2,2924.93.32,3675.13.7-75
Croatian
1,9604.22.92,2074.73.5-247
map this data in atlas.idVietnamese1,9564.212.81,8143.910.7+142
Chinese
1,8143.95.91,7033.75.1+111
Irish
1,5473.33.11,4893.23.2+58
Filipino
1,4603.13.61,3532.93.1+107
Scottish
1,3272.92.51,1942.62.5+133
Turkish
9021.91.51,1152.41.8-213
Lebanese
7951.71.07581.61.1+37
German
7681.71.89061.92.0-138
Polish
7481.61.68121.72.0-64
Serbian
6601.41.46731.41.6-13
Sinhalese
6031.30.84961.10.6+107
Egyptian
5501.20.65001.10.6+50
Spanish
3690.80.84110.90.9-42
Cypriot
3680.80.62350.50.3+133
Albanian
3570.80.63990.90.6-42
Dutch
2960.60.53290.70.6-33
Timorese
2530.50.42550.50.3-2
Ukrainian
2380.50.52280.50.6+11
Chilean
2150.50.52040.40.5+11
Inadequately Described
2020.40.51400.30.4+62
Syrian
1810.40.21190.30.1+62
Samoan
1790.40.61000.20.4+79
New Zealander
1690.40.31150.20.2+54
Anglo-Indian
1690.40.21780.40.2-9
Bosnian
1690.40.71860.40.8-17
Hungarian
1680.40.31710.40.4-3
Portuguese
1680.40.31730.40.4-5
Slovene
1470.30.31210.30.3+26
Punjabi
1370.30.3780.20.1+59
French
1270.30.21320.30.2-5
Maori
1240.30.51210.30.4+3
Pakistani
1220.30.41260.30.2-4
Lao
1210.30.21040.20.2+17
Arab not further described
1200.30.21060.20.2+14
Other Indian subcontinent
1120.20.3610.10.1+51
Welsh
1010.20.1940.20.2+7
Tamil
930.20.1570.10.1+36
Romanian
920.20.21110.20.3-19
Russian
920.20.21010.20.3-9
Assyrian/Chaldean
910.20.1810.20.1+10
Sudanese
860.20.8730.20.8+13
Argentinian
850.20.21250.30.2-40
Malay
810.20.1560.10.1+25
Fijian
760.20.2240.10.1+52
Salvadoran
730.20.2620.10.2+11
Mauritian
690.10.1510.10.1+18
Slovak
660.10.1780.20.2-12
South African
640.10.1760.20.1-12
American
560.10.1560.10.10
Austrian
540.10.2700.20.2-16
Indonesian
540.10.1480.10.1+6
Uruguayan
540.10.1560.10.1-2
Other Southern and East African
500.10.390.00.1+41
Thai
470.10.2420.10.1+5
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Excludes ancestries with fewer than 20 responses, or less than 0.1% of the total population.

Ancestry - Totals
Sydenham District - Total persons (Usual residence)20112006Change
Ancestry totalsNumber%City of Brimbank %Number%City of Brimbank %2006 to 2011
Not stated3,1206.79.23,7248.010.0-604

Source: Australian Bureau of Statistics, Census of Population and Housing 2006 and 2011. Compiled and presented by .id , the population experts.

Ancestry, 2011
Ancestry, 2011 Australian, City of Brimbank: 12.9% English, City of Brimbank: 11.8% Italian, City of Brimbank: 7.0% Maltese, City of Brimbank: 6.7% Greek, City of Brimbank: 3.9% Indian, City of Brimbank: 4.3% Macedonian, City of Brimbank: 3.3% Croatian, City of Brimbank: 2.9% Vietnamese, City of Brimbank: 12.8% Chinese, City of Brimbank: 5.9% Australian, Sydenham District: 15.4% English, Sydenham District: 12.8% Italian, Sydenham District: 11.9% Maltese, Sydenham District: 8.2% Greek, Sydenham District: 5.4% Indian, Sydenham District: 5.0% Macedonian, Sydenham District: 4.9% Croatian, Sydenham District: 4.2% Vietnamese, Sydenham District: 4.2% Chinese, Sydenham District: 3.9%
Source: Australian Bureau of Statistics, Census of Population and Housing, 2011 (Usual residence data)
Compiled and presented in profile.id by .id, the population experts.
Change in ancestry, 2006 to 2011
Change in ancestry, 2006 to 2011 Australian, Sydenham District: -948 English, Sydenham District: +319 Italian, Sydenham District: -101 Maltese, Sydenham District: -283 Greek, Sydenham District: -118 Indian, Sydenham District: +875 Macedonian, Sydenham District: -75 Croatian, Sydenham District: -247 Vietnamese, Sydenham District: +142 Chinese, Sydenham District: +111
Source: Australian Bureau of Statistics, Census of Population and Housing, 2006 and 2011 (Usual residence data)
Compiled and presented in profile.id by .id, the population experts.

Dominant groups

Analysis of the ancestry responses of the population in Sydenham District in 2011 shows that the top five ancestries nominated were:

  • Australian (7,164 people or 15.4%)
  • English (5,955 people or 12.8%)
  • Italian (5,525 people or 11.9%)
  • Maltese (3,787 people or 8.2%)
  • Greek (2,485 people or 5.4%)

In combination these five ancestries account for 24,916 responses in total, or 53.72% of all responses.

The major differences between the ancestries of the population in Sydenham District and City of Brimbank were:

  • A larger percentage of people with Italian ancestry (11.9% compared to 7.0%)
  • A larger percentage of people with Australian ancestry (15.4% compared to 12.9%)
  • A smaller percentage of people with Vietnamese ancestry (4.2% compared to 12.8%)
  • A smaller percentage of people with Chinese ancestry (3.9% compared to 5.9%)

Emerging groups

The largest changes in the reported ancestries of the population in this area between 2006 and 2011 were:

  • Australian (-948 persons)
  • Indian (+875 persons)
  • English (+319 persons)
  • Maltese (-283 persons)

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