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Malaysians and Singaporeans Celebrate 185 years of Migration History

Updated: Oct 12, 2022

Brilliant-Online together with the Australian Malaysian Singaporean Association Inc (AMSA) and the Australian National Maritime Museum are honouring Malaysian and Singaporean immigrants and their contributions to building our nation, Australia.

The Migration Journey

So many migrants have helped shape the history of Australia. Listen to their stories and they will tell you how grateful they are for the opportunities Australia has given them. Their stories, lives and commitment to a new life contribute to our shared national tapestry and enriches us all.

There is so much worth celebrating here, and the Australian Malaysian Singaporean Inc (AMSA) and the Australian National Maritime Museum have come together to recognise the contributions of the migrants, and to celebrate their history, heritage and culture with everyone with two significant events.

Register for Free Information Session on the National Monument to Migration

The Australian National Maritime Museum is hosting Australia's National Monument to Migration, one of the museum's flagship creations which wraps and weaves acknowledgement, commemoration, celebration and interpretation of migrant histories into an exposition of identity.

AMSA members and guests are invited to a Zoom call on Wednesday 26 October at 5pm with the Museum who is hosting Australia’s National Monument to Migration to acknowledge, commemorate, celebrate and interpret all the migrant histories into an exposition of identity.

Free information session about the National Monument to Migration

Speakers: Tina Koutsogiannis from the Museum and Thomson Ch'ng, President of AMSA

Date: Wednesday 26th October 5pm

The Australian National Maritime Museum collects and exhibits the stories of migrants and honours them on the Welcome Wall, recently elevated to the National Monument to Migration by the Governor General. The Monument is one of the Museum's most significant tributes to our migration heritage.

You can find the National Monument to Migration on the northern promenade of the museum facing Pyrmont Bay. The location was specifically chosen because historically, it was near a place where many migrants arrived in Sydney.

The Monument is a huge wall that features the names of more than 31,000 migrants from 136 countries including 111 from Malaysia and 39 from Singapore. One could say it is a physical representation of the diversity of this nation.

And there is more to it than just random names on a wall. Behind each of these names is a story. These are stories of difficulties, toil, tragedy and heartbreak. And they also share a common thread - that of a desire for a new start. These are all stories of HOPE. Learn more here about Australia's Migration History.

"Our nation is the sum of us all – all those who came here, all those who were born here, and all those who are or have been Australian." - Former Governor-General Sir William Deane at the official opening of the Welcome Wall in 1999

To support the museum in honouring migrants on the National Monument to Migration, either your own family or a community representative through a $500 tax deductible donation, please see for details. Funds raised support the Museum's migration themed projects.

The Migration Journey continues with the AMSA Annual Dinner

AMSA is holding their Annual Dinner at the Australian National Maritime Museum and invites everyone to journey through the past, present and future with them. It will be a special night of Migration Stories, in honour of Malaysian and Singaporean immigrants and their contribution to building our nation.

AMSA Annual Dinner serving Peranakan, Nonya Cuisine curated by Chef Jackie M

Date: Saturday 10th December 6pm

Venue: Australian National Maritime Museum, 2 Murray St, Sydney NSW 2000 (Darling Harbour)


Those traveling into Sydney may contact these hotels directly and arrange own accommodation.

– The Grace Sydney, 77 York Street, Sydney NSW 2000, Australia Phone: +612 9272 6888

– The Fullerton Hotel Sydney, 1 Martin Pl, Sydney NSW 2000 Phone: +612 8223 1111

Contact Australian Malaysian Singaporean Association Inc (AMSA)

Address: Association Inc. (AMSA)

PO Box 892, Chatswood

NSW 2067, Australia.

Check out AMSA's upcoming events here.

About AMSA

AMSA is the voice and trusted community network for people of Malaysian or Singaporean heritage living in Australia.

Established in 1970, the Australian Malaysian Singaporean Association Inc (AMSA) has been the communal support for Malaysian and Singapore migrants into Australia.

Australian-based businesses, Federal, State and Local government departments and agencies recognise AMSA's efforts to support, advocate and empower every Malaysian and Singaporean living in Australia.

AMSA continues to grow and expand and the 21st century brings new action plans as more and more younger members join AMSA. They all have roots from Malaysia and Singapore and are now living, working or operating a business in Australia.

AMSA is known for its expansive and strong connections that bring people together to develop professional, business and personal social networks. In fact, AMSA has grown in outreach to establishing state networks in Victoria, Queensland and Northern Territory. AMSA gives migrants a voice in Australian society. There are always events and webinars to provide accurate and relevant information about living, working, studying or doing business in Australia.

Something that AMSA holds very dear and is fondly proud of is their shared passion for food from back home. The communal act of 'makan' (eating in Malay) is a great way to bond and bring people together. And when there is good food, everyone from all nationalities is welcome!


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