It is now Australia's Census Time, and yes the Cornish want to be counted!
That's what the Celtic Council of Australia (CCA) and Cornish Associations down under are saying to an estimated 300,000 Australians, leading up to Census night, August 9.
An umbrella cultural and educational organisation bringing together groups from across the Celtic spectrum, the Celtic Council represents Irish, Scots, Cornish, Welsh, Manx, Bretons, Galicians, and Asturians in Australia.
Combined they have an estimated 'ethnic strength' of 28% of Australians (or 6.5 million); and as many as 50% of our country will have a modern Celt somewhere in their recent family tree.
The Cornish 'ethnic strength' is reputedly estimated at 300,000 (within the top 10 groups in Australia) and up to 700,000 could find a Cornishman or women in their family tree.
Those born in Cornwall (or up-country hospitals) or with strong Cornish to acknowledge their background/s with pride and to take care in completing three questions in Australia's 2011 Census, to be held on Tuesday 9 August :
Question 12 (Personal form 14) – Country of origin? People born connected to one or more of those nations mentioned, should use them on their form, either via a tick box (if there is one) or write in appropriately.
Q 14 & 15 (Birthplace of Father & Mother)
Q 16 & 17 (Languages) – Speaking a Celtic language, even a little but on a regular basis, people should write that in appropriately.
Celtic Council of Australia Deputy Convenor, Mr Chris Dunkerley, himself of Cornish Heritage, a Cornish Bard, and Secretary of the Cornish Association of NSW, said that -
“In previous censuses our people have found it hard to record themselves as there is not option box for 'Cornwall' or 'Cornish'; but in 2006 over 10,000 rejected that and wrote in their real choices.
Nevertheless the Cornish are hugely under-counted, and we hope more people will do so this time. Be assured, if you do, that choice is recorded and counted”.
Many have more than once ethnic background (eg. Cornish and Scots, Cornish and Indian) and the Census allows two to be recorded.
The Australian Census underpins government, private institution, and community recognition, services, and at times funding.
People of Cornish ancestry should also consider saying 'yes' to their census forms being kept in the 'time capsule' (Q 60).
Security is guaranteed and the information will aid genealogists, historians, academics, social analysts and other researchers in the twenty–second century. In 99 years, individuals will also have access to enable them to research their family history.
http://celticcouncil.org.au/files/Censu ... ornish.pdf