WA Football League club West Perth, for example, has gone out of its way to invite them to the footy and it put a Union Jack on the front of its guernsey for its international round.
As much as these migrants have warmed to the northern suburbs and the sun, the decision to leave another country is never all plain sailing.
Angels frontman Doc Neeson, who died last week, said when awarded the Medal of the Order of Australia last year that his father’s moving of the family from Northern Ireland to Australia ‘was one of the hardest but best decisions he ever made’.
‘But who would have thought a boy from Belfast would one day be awarded a gong in Australia,’ Neeson said.
The Times awaits the next generation of Belfast boys and Glasgow girls to get the same gong for following their dream in a new land.