interesting topic. I think perhaps a lot of of how people react to you is affected by how they were brought up, what their family dynamics are etc.
Speaking for me personally, I would have thought someone with Irish ancestry would fit right in. I’m sure a large majority of this country share a similar background.
i think I have had a great & open upbringing. My dad was born in Europe, his mother was from Belgium, his father from Poland. English is not his first language, but if you talked to him in street you would never know.
His younger sister was born after they migrated to Australia. Fast forward many years, my dad marries an Aussie, my aunt marries an Italian.
More fast forwarding, one sister marries a Greek, another sister an Englishman & I’ve been with my Sri Lankan boyfriend for 12 years. Our family get togethers are the most fun & interesting times. So many cultural differences, stories, foods, beliefs. People will generally speak English but depending on who you are listening too you may hear French, Polish, Greek, Italian or even Tamil.
And whenever we get together I feel like we are one of the most Aussie families ever!
So I guess depending on where you are in this big old country, the cultural make up of the population in that place etc will definitely affect your experiences of acceptance.
i can’t answer why the kids didn’t seem to want to become friends, but that’s their challenge to overcome, not yours. You just need to find the right group of people that simply accept you for who you are. Easier said than done, I know.
But I am certain you would fit right in at one of my family get togethers!