Geographic Origins

The Republic of Zambia is a land-locked country in south-central Africa. It is bordered by Angola to the west, Zaire, Lake Tanganyika and Tanzania to the north, Malawi and Mozambique to the east and Zimbabwe and Namibia to the south.

History of Immigration and Settlement

African and Asian Zambians have resettled in Australia since 1973 when the 1901 Immigration Restriction Act, better known as the White Australia Policy, was abolished.

Community Activities

A number of Zambian South Australians are involved in the African Community Organisation of South Australia. For further information on community activities and organisations consult the African entry.


Zambians were first listed as a separate category in Australian census data in 1991.

According to the 1986 census, 301 South Australians were born in Malawi, Tanzania, Uganda or Zambia.

The 1991 census recorded 131 Zambian-born South Australians. Seventy-two people said that their mothers were born in Zambia, and 73 that their fathers were.

According to the 1996 census there were 141 Zambian-born South Australians, this represents 5.5 per cent of the national total of 2,561 Zambians in South Australia.

The 2001 census recorded 147 Zambian-born South Australians, while only six people said that they were of Zambian descent.

The 2006 census recorded 193 Zambian-born South Australians, while 47 people said that they were of Zambian descent.

The 2011 census recorded 245 Zambian-born South Australians, while 44 people said that they were of Zambian descent.

The 2016 census recorded 289 Zambian-born South Australians, while 68 people said that they were of Zambian descent.

By Migration Museum

This article is part of the From Many Places project documenting the diverse cultural groups in South Australia. It is a project started by the Migration Museum in 1992 and continued in partnership today. 

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