The first Assyrians arrived in Australia in the mid 1950s and in 2005 they number close to 20,000 in Sydney, the majority of which live in Fairfield. The Australian Assyrians have a rich history spanning over 6,500 years and originate from Bet Nahrain, the land between the two rivers of Euphrates and Tigris in the Middle East. The Assyrians are indigenous to the lands of modern northern Iraq, southern Turkey and the adjoining regions of Iran and Syria. Embracing Christianity in the first century, the Assyrian nation has maintained its distinct ethnicity, language and culture through arduous times over the centuries. In Australia, four generations of Australian Assyrians have built a significant presence in the Fairfield area, whose needs range from longer-term community infrastructure building to assisting recent humanitarian and refugee arrivals… more.