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Lensman brings glimpses of Australia to India

In an effort to portray a positive picture to visitors, especially Indian students who have been under racial attacks down under, an exhibition on people who have made Australia their home is on tour in New Delhi.

delhi Updated: Oct 02, 2009 14:20 IST

In an effort to portray a positive picture to visitors, especially Indian students who have been under racial attacks down under, an exhibition on people who have made Australia their home is on tour in New Delhi.

Sydney-born Michel Lawrence who has been photographing people all his life has brought to the capital a collection of 200 giant photographs of people, including a large number of Indians who have made Australia their home.

"Australia is not quite what you think it is today. Over 50 to 60 years ago there was a big influx of Englishmen also known as the 'Ten Pound Poms' (Ten Pound Tourists).

Gradually over the years people from other countries started coming in and presently Australia is home to people from over 200 countries speaking more than 220 languages," says Lawrence.

The "All of US" exhibition is an attempt to record the waves of settlers, including those from India who now constitute a part of the country's population. The photographs all 2.4 m high were first displayed side by side in a long line at the Freedom Square in Melbourne.

"I did the exhibition to bring about an awareness about my country among Australians. But it has an universal theme and I accepted the High Commision's invitation to bring it here because I felt it would be relevant here," says Lawrence.

'Ten Pound Poms' is a colloquial term to describe British subjects who migrated to Australia after World War II under an assisted passage scheme.