Sinhalese in Australia

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Introduction / History

Sri Lankans in Australia are one of the largest groups of Sri Lankans away from their own country and the largest in Oceania. Sri Lankans include the Sinhalese peoples group.

The first Sinhalese people from Sri Lanka came in 1870 to work in Queensland on the sugar cane plantations. The first Sinhalese migration to Australia was in 1960. After the middle of the 1970s, large numbers arrived including Christians and Buddhists. During the 1970s immigration restrictions were eased and after 1973 and from the early 1980s, Sinhalese and other Sri Lankan migration began again and increased.

In the 1980s there were problems between the Sri Lankans in Australia related to the troubles at the time in Sri Lanka itself and the Sinhalese and Tamils had disputes among themselves. It is said that recently a Sri Lankan identity has come about amongst the migrants. Community organizations have been formed regards Sri Lankan tradition and culture. Strong friendships have been formed between Sinhalese Buddhists in Australia and those in Thailand, Myanmar and Cambodia and similarly regarding those who are Christian immigrants.

The Sinhalese speak Sinhali and English. SBS radio broadcasts in Sinhalese. Most Sinhalese in Australia are Theravada Buddhists and a small number of them are Christians (a chance for the Christian Sinhalese to give the gospel message here). There are Theravada Buddhist temples in New South Wales, Queensland, Victoria and South Australia. Theravada Buddhism is nearer to early Buddhism than other forms of Buddhism are.

Sinhalese like to travel and some of them were poor in Sri Lanka.

Prayer Points

* Scripture Prayers for the Sinhalese in Australia.


Profile Source:   Anonymous  

People Name General Sinhalese
People Name in Country Sinhalese
Pronunciation sin-uh-LEEZE
Population this Country 147,000
Population all Countries 481,000
Total Countries 17
Indigenous No
Progress Scale 1
Unreached Yes
Frontier People Group Yes
Pioneer Workers Needed 3
Alternate Names Cingalese; Singalese; Singhalese; Sinhala; सिनलीज़
People ID 14196
ROP3 Code 109305
Country Australia
Region Australia and Pacific
Continent Australia
10/40 Window No
National Bible Society Website
Persecution Rank Not ranked
Country Australia
Region Australia and Pacific
Continent Australia
10/40 Window No
National Bible Society Website
Persecution Rank Not ranked

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Primary Language Sinhala (147,000 speakers)
Language Code sin   Ethnologue Listing
Language Written Yes   ScriptSource Listing
Total Languages 1
Primary Language Sinhala (147,000 speakers)
Language Code sin   Ethnologue Listing
Total Languages 1
People Groups Speaking Sinhala

Primary Language:  Sinhala

Bible Translation Status  (Years)
Bible-Portions Yes  (1739-1966)
Bible-New Testament Yes  (1776-1991)
Bible-Complete Yes  (1823-2009)
Bible-NT Audio Online
Bible-NT Text Online
Possible Print Bibles
World Bibles
Forum Bible Agencies
National Bible Societies
World Bible Finder
Virtual Storehouse
Resource Type Resource Name
Audio Recordings Audio Bible teaching (GRN)
Audio Recordings Online New Testament (FCBH)
Audio Recordings Story of Jesus audio (Jesus Film Project)
Film / Video God's Story Video
Film / Video Jesus Film: view in Sinhala
Film / Video Magdalena (Jesus Film Project)
Film / Video My Last Day (Jesus Film Project Anime)
Film / Video Story of Jesus for Children (JF Project)
General Four Spiritual Laws
General Got Questions Ministry
Mobile App Download audio Bible app as APK file from FCBH
Text / Printed Matter Bible: සිංහල - Sinhala
Text / Printed Matter Online Bible text (Scripture Earth)
Text / Printed Matter Tools for faith conversations
Text / Printed Matter World Missionary Press Booklets
Primary Religion: Buddhism
Major Religion Percent
100.00 %
Christianity  (Evangelical 0.00 %)
0.00 %
Ethnic Religions
0.00 %
0.00 %
0.00 %
0.00 %
Other / Small
0.00 %
0.00 %
Christian Segments Percent
Other Christian
Roman Catholic
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Profile Source Anonymous  
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