General Consulate of Chile in Sydney, Australia.
In retrospective, as from the first recorded arrival of Chilean nationals to Australia in the 1830´s, almost two centuries of close and rich exchange has taken place. In this time, we have shared three main identity characteristics that both our Peoples are distinguished for, namely a hard working attitude, an adventurous pioneer drive and a strong solidarity spirit in adversity.
In order to reflect the actual scope of our integration with Australia, we have included a study on the resident Chileans in the country, which we hope you will find it of interest. As a complement, we have also included basic information in English for the growing numbers of Australian friends planning a visit to Chile or in need of services offered by this Consulate General. The increasing interest of Australians in travelling to Latin America finds in Chile its your natural beachhead, supported by more than 50 bilateral agreements on education, work and holidays, free trade and investments and cultural exchanges on the rise, among others. Finally, I would like to invite both Chilean compatriots and Australian friends to contact us with their ideas and suggestions to further promote not only the social integration but also the flow of people to both sides of the Pacific Ocean.
Back in history, the famous Chilean Mill that so positively influenced Australian mining during the Gold Rush -and seemingly also used in Victoria for olive seed grinding- was but one of the contributions made by Chileans to the multicultural society that received them. Standing today at nearly 7, 000 nationals in Victoria alone, they comprise the largest group from Latin America in the state. Their passionate involvement with social, sporting and political activities ensures that the vibrant Chilean culture lives on in the four states attended by this Consulate General. On 18 September 2010, Chile will celebrate the Bicentennial of the Independence, and surely our communities will like to share their joy with their Australian friends and relatives. So, please get ready to join us in this historic moment.
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Consulado General de Chile en Melbourne, con jurisdicción en los estados de Victoria, Tasmania, South Australia y Western Australia. Aquí encontrarán información útil sobre nuestros servicios, áreas de trabajo e iniciativas en curso. Entre éstas quisiera destacar la Gala de Fiestas Patrias y la edición de la revista ‘Chile Magazine’, que ha sido muy bien recibida en la comunidad de Melbourne. La presencia de los primeros chilenos en Australia data de 1830 y desde entonces han compartido con los australianos esencialmente tres cualidades que distinguen a ambos pueblos: el apego al trabajo, el sentido de aventura y de pioneros y, finalmente, el espíritu de solidaridad comunitaria ante la adversidad. Es mi impresión que esta última presenta un campo de profundas raíces comunes en que podaríamos cooperar, y que está representado en la existencia de bomberos voluntarios en ambos países.