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Religion - Spiritualism

Religion at a glance: Spiritualism

  • In 2011 there were 2,871 people in New South Wales who had a religion of Spiritualism.
  • There was a 20.2% increase in the number of people who had a religion of Spiritualism since 2006 (from 2,389).
  • 5.1% of the population who had a religion of Spiritualism arrived between 2006 and August 2011.
  • There were fewer men who had a religion of Spiritualism (804) than women (2,067).
  • 10.5% of the population who had a religion of Spiritualism were children (under 19 years of age), 36.5% were young adults (aged 20 to 44 years), and 53.0% were older adults (aged 45 years and over).

About religion: Spiritualism

In 1901 there were 108 people born in Egypt living in Australia, increasing to 803 by 1947. Most immigrants arrived following the end of World War II, and many were of Italian, Maltese, Greek, and Armenian descent.

By 1954 there were more than 8,000 Egyptians living in Australia. This increase was due in large part to Egypt’s attainment of independence in 1953 and subsequent unrest which particularly affected Coptic Orthodox Christians, who came to Australia during the 1960s.

The first significantly large wave of immigration from Egypt began in the early 1950s and continued until 1972. Subsequently, skilled and professionally trained Egyptians kept arriving. The first Coptic Church was established in Marrickville in 1968, and there are now churches at Mt Druitt, Kensington, Bexley, Rhodes, and Punchbowl, as well as two Coptic colleges.

Source: Excerpts from Jupp, J. (Ed.) the Australian People. (2001) Cambridge University Press.


Religion - Top 10 NSW LGAs ranked by size
Religion - Spiritualism20112006Change
AreaNumberSpiritualism %NumberSpiritualism %2006 to 2011
Blue Mountains City1050.11220.2-17
Eurobodalla Shire460.1260.1+20
Byron Shire350.1420.1-7
Coffs Harbour City730.1520.1+21
Tweed Shire850.1630.1+22
Lismore City350.1320.1+3
Port Stephens Council500.1290.0+21
Waverley Council460.1330.1+13
Maitland City480.1280.0+20
Hawkesbury City440.1440.10
Greater Sydney1,6480.01,3890.0+259
Regional NSW1,2120.09610.0+251
New South Wales2,8710.02,3890.0+482

Source: Australian Bureau of Statistics, Census of Population and Housing 2006 and 2011. Compiled and presented by .id , the population experts.