Thai, Central in Australia





Largest Religion

Main Language


Introduction / History

The Central Thais are a people group from Thailand and are a part of the people from Thailand living in Australia.

The first famous person from Thailand to come to Australia was Butra Mahintra who was sent by King Rama the sixth in the early 1920s to buy racehorses. Australian connections with royalty from Thailand further came about in 1927 when Prince Purachatra led a group of people to look at agriculture and infrastructure in Australia.

A few more people from Thailand came in the early 1950s when students from Thailand and other parts of Asia came to study in Australia. They were allowed to stay temporarily with exceptions, like those who married Australians. After that, most of the new people from Thailand were students also, as well as marriage partners of Australians and those doing military training through sponsorship.

In the 1980s the number of students from Thailand increased a lot because of Thailand becoming wealthier and also because of the prestige of studying abroad.

What Are Their Lives Like?

Most of the newcomers from Thailand in 1996-97 immigrated under the Preferential Family category and this included marriage partners and children of people living in Australia. Many of them work in professional, clerical, sales and other jobs. Buddhism is the main religion with them. They have Wats which are temples and these are very important to the Thai people who use them spiritually and also culturally. Many live in Melbourne in the state of Victoria.

Most Thais live in Sydney. Besides Thai, they speak Australian English. Thai Town is a neighborhood in Sydney and also has restaurants and grocery stores. Many Thai festivals are celebrated there.


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Prayer Links
Global Prayer Digest: 2006-06-30
People Name General Thai, Central
People Name in Country Thai, Central
Population in Australia 37,000
World Population 19,957,000
Countries 24
Progress Scale 1.2
Least-Reached Yes
Indigenous Yes
Alternate Names Bangkok Thai, Central Tai, Khon Tai, Lao Song, Siamese, Siamese Thai, Tai Noi, Thai Khom, Thai Klang, Thai Song
Affinity Bloc Southeast Asian Peoples
People Cluster Thai
People Name General Thai, Central
Ethnic Code MSY49d
People ID 11277

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Enthologue Language Map

Languages & Dialects on file:  1  (up to 20 largest shown)
Thai (37,000)
Languages & Dialects (speakers if known) - up to 20 shown
Thai 37,000
For Primary Language: Thai

Bible Translation Status  (Years)
Bible Portions Yes   (1834-1967)
New Testament Yes   (1843-1977)
Complete Bible Yes   (1883-2011)
Audio Bible Online
Resource Format
Audio Bible teaching (GRN) Audio Recordings
Bible Visuals General
Bible-in-Your-Language Text / Printed Matter
Bible: Biblica Thai Text / Printed Matter
Bible: Holy Bible Text / Printed Matter
Bible: Thai Standard Version Revision Text / Printed Matter
Bible: พระคัมภีร์ภาษาไทยฉบับ KJV Text / Printed Matter
Bibles, Bible League Text / Printed Matter
Central Thai Language Film Film / Video
EasyBibles Text / Printed Matter
Fathers Love Letter Film / Video
Four Spiritual Laws General
God's Story Video Film / Video
Gods Simple Plan General
Got Questions Ministry General
International Bible Society Text / Printed Matter
Jesus Film: view in Thai Film / Video
Magdalena (Jesus Film Project) Film / Video
My Last Day (Jesus Film Project Anime) Film / Video
Online New Testament (FCBH) Audio Recordings
Primary Religion: Buddhism
Religion Subdivision: Theravada

Major Religion Percent
95.00 %
Christianity  (Evangelical 0.30 %)
0.80 %
Ethnic Religions
0.00 %
0.00 %
0.00 %
4.20 %
Other / Small
0.00 %
0.00 %

Christian Segments Percent
1.0 %
31.0 %
0.0 %
Other Christian
1.0 %
35.0 %
Roman Catholic
32.0 %
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Profile Source: Anonymous  
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