✦ The National Monument to Migration at the Australian National Maritime Museum was unveiled on the 23rd October 2022 in Pyrmont.
The National Monument to Migration honours the thousands of migrants who have come from all over the world to call Australia home. Every single name inscribed on the wall carries its own unique story, as well as a common one of hope and a celebration of a new life, of taking root and thriving in spite of challenges.
The monument faces Darling Harbour and Pyrmont Bay, a symbolic site as it was right here where some migrants first arrived.
"The story of migration to Australian shores is a foundational one in our maritime history. The National Monument to Migration honours the many people whose stories and contributions have shaped our nation. It is both a recognition and celebration of this wonderful diverse nation.
"The experiences of the people whose names are inscribed on the Monument celebrate our commonality - love of family, community and striving for a better life. Some of their stories tell of loss and sadness, some of triumph - but, ultimately, all are about hope." - Daryl Karp, Museum Director
We are all part of the beautiful tapestry that makes up Australia's history.
Photos: Marinco Kojdanovski #seamuseum
Sharing migration stories
At the recent unveiling of the National Monument to Migration, 876 new names have been added. Every year, more names appear on the bronze-panelled wall, and it is a growing testament to the richness of Australia's immigrant culture and history. The wall currently features more than 31,000 names from over 200 countries, out of which 114 are Malaysians and 40 are Singaporeans.
When you think about the difficulties, heartbreak and sacrifices every single name on that wall has experienced, it really is very moving. It makes you pause and wonder what the stories behind each of these names are.
There were guest speakers at the unveiling and their names were among those newly-added to the Monument. They were Nick Lewocki, of Polish heritage, Eugenia Mirakas from Greece, Richard J. Arculus from the UK of Indian heritage and whose wife came from Jordan, and Stephen Nguyen, whose parents travelled in extreme circumstances from Vietnam. Every one of them shared their migration stories at the event.
Honour a migrant
If you have immigrants among your circle of friends, or whose families were immigrants, why not get curious about their stories and experiences? And if there is someone you wish to honour, the Museum is now accepting names for the next panel on the Monument. The next closing date is 22 December, 2022.
The Australian Malaysian Singaporean Association Inc (AMSA) celebrates 185 Years of Migration History and invited their members and guests for an information session on 26th October to help them understand how they can participate in the National Monument to Migration.