Turkish Settlement in Australia
Migration to Australia from Turkey prior to the twentieth century was minimal. After World War I, any Turkish person in Australia was deemed an ‘enemy alien’. This, combined with the White Australia Policy and the Enemy Aliens Act, also limited Turkish migration for decades. Migration from Turkey began more formally in 1967 with government policy establishing an assisted migration scheme called an assisted passage agreement. This was the first of its type outside of Western Europe. Turkish food, much like many other migrating cultural culinary influences, has since become a popular mainstay of cafes and restaurants with baklava, doner, pide and meze amongst the favourites. The names of these items are recognisable in the Australian vernacular and are an example of language enculturation.
Many cities and councils understand the importance of language to communities from non-English speaking backgrounds and many provide vital information to communities in English as well as other languages. Below is an example of a Turkish fact sheet from the Mildura City Council. A link to a longer document can be found under Newspaper Resources
- Have students write an article about a mystery (real or imagined). Use this exercise to make students consider writing style and tone. Students will need to demonstrate a range of writing and grammatical styles and consider the tone of the article, the audience, and the purpose of the article.
- Discuss the ways different language newspapers might be affected by the delivery of information from the land of origin.
- Explore the articles and content of the newspaper resources linked above.