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2011 Census Results

June 23, 2012

This week the results for the 2011 Census were released. I’ve been looking forward to seeing  them, as most family historians would have been.  We are used to trawling through very old census documents, for the slightest hint of information about our forebear.Thankfully the historians of the future will have an easier time of it, due to the variety of questions asked.

In my city of Bendigo, the census shows that the average person is female, in her late 30s, married with at least one child. She was born in Australia and  would be earning about $520 per week with a mortgage.

The population of Bendigo increased by more than 7000 since the last census. There are more women than men living in this city. The average age here is 38.

Each household has an average of just less than two cars. These are just a few of the statistics that will be available to anyone interested in their family history in the future.There is information on household income and expenses, religion, schools attended and much more.

This will provide a great resource in the future to build a picture of our ancestors

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  1. Hoorah! I was one of the Census collectors last year and it seems so long ago now. My interest in family history made me very aware of my responsibility to future generations. My experience as a census collector made me much more sympathetic to and in many cases admiring of previous census collectors, who no doubt faced more challenging weather conditions than I did in sunny Queensland.

    • Well done Alex. We owe a huge debt to the census collectors who face many challenges to get the job done – weather, dogs. But you would know that better than me.

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