Welcome Wall unveiling

A warm and still Sunday morning greeted around 1000 people at the unveiling of new additions to the ANMM Welcome Wall today as special guest George Negus from our sponsor, SBS joined us for the festivities.

Director Mary Louise Williams greets SBS's George Negus

Director Mary Louise Williams greets SBS's George Negus

The celebration began with a moving performance from the Martenitsa Choir, who entertained the growing crowd with their unique Bulgarian sound.

Martenitsa Choir performs before the unveiling

Martenitsa Choir performs before the unveiling

Director Mary Louise Williams addresses the crowd

The Welcome Wall was established here at the museum 11 years ago and with the recent new names unveiled it now proudly holds 22,555 inscriptions as a tribute to Australia’s migrant arrivals who have so richly contributed to our modern multicultural identity.

We invite you to record a name on the Welcome Wall at the Australian National Maritime Museum. The Welcome Wall honours our immigrants, however they travelled, wherever they landed and wherever they live today.

The Welcome Wall is 100 metres long and made of bronze. It sits at the ANMM near Pyrmont docks, where millions of new settlers first stepped ashore in Australia.

George Negus shares his family story and tells of the troubles he's had in tracing his history

George Negus shares his family story and tells of the troubles he's had in tracing his history

An online database stores historical information about the people named on the Welcome Wall. These stories are also shared with ANMM visitors on kiosks in the museum foyer.

The crowd gathers to witness the latest Welcome Wall unveiling

The crowd gathers to witness the latest Welcome Wall unveiling

If you’d like information on how your family can honour your migrant past, visit our website for more information. 

 

One thought on “Welcome Wall unveiling

  1. All these names (23,000+), each earning more than $100 for mm, and all these claims that the data is available on-line.

    Yet no hint of how to access it from the ww web site; no hint of how to ask questions by email or phone.

    We are planning to bring a group of people to the wall – all have arrived in Australia in the past 30 years. We would have liked to help them look at the database.

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