Recording life-changing journeys
The Welcome Wall stands in honour of all those who have migrated from around the world to live in Australia.
In one of history's great migrations, more than ten million people have crossed the world to settle in Australia. Was your family among them? The Welcome Wall stands in honour of all those who have migrated to live in Australia with registered names permanently engraved in bronze.
The museum holds regular unveiling ceremonies to commemorate new registrants who have inscribed their family names on the wall. See our Welcome Wall Unveiling page for the latest dates.
Twice a year new panels of names are unveiled with a ceremony. The next ceremony is planned for September/October 2018. It is a free public event and all are welcome to join.
The arrival of waves of migrants by boat and plane is one of the major themes in Australia’s history. Located outdoors on the museum's northern boundary, the wall faces Darling Harbour and Pyrmont Bay where some of the many new settlers arrived.
Accessible all year-round, take a stroll along the bronzed panels and learn more about the migration experience as well as reading the names engraved.
Find a name and read the stories of people who struggled against poverty and of people who struck it rich – from involuntary migrants such as convicts from the First Fleet, unaccompanied migrant children in the Big Brother Movement, post-war refugees and migrants of more recent times who’ve chosen modern Australia as a place to settle. You can also use the Welcome Wall kiosk in the museum's foyer to search and read people's stories.
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If you are searching your family tree or family history, review this list of helpful websites.
In Australia, shipping and passenger records are generally held in the state the vessel arrived in. You may like to vary your search to include archival resources in your area , as well as those in the family's port of arrival and country of origin. Unfortunately the museum is unable to provide specific information about ships or arrivals.
Remember, searching for family history information takes time and sometimes records have been lost or damaged over time.
The Vaughan Evans Library has research guides that may help start your search.
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Australia National Maritime Museum
Every day 9.30 am - 5 pm
Extend to 6.00 pm in January
Closed Xmas Day 25 Dec.
2 Murrey Street
sydney NSW 2000, AU
+61 2 9298 3777