Welcome Wall

Recording life-changing journeys

A family walks along the Welcome Wall.

The Welcome Wall stands in honour of all those who have migrated from around the world to live in Australia.

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    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.

    Unveiling ceremonies

    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.

    Visiting the Wall

    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.

    Exploring the Online Welcome Wall

    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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    Phone: +61 (02) 9298 3667
    Email: welcomewall@anmm.gov.au

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    Family History

    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.


     The Vaughan Evans Library, Australian National Maritime Museum
       National Archives of Australia

       National Archives of Australia: Record Search (1921-1950 arrivals)

       National Library of Australia: Family History Sources
       You can also search the state library in your state or territory.
     New South Wales

     State Records of NSW

       NSW Heritage Branch

     ACT ACT Heritiage Library

     Northern Territory

     State Library of NT

     Queensland  Queensland State Archives

     South Australia

     State Records of SA

     Tasmania  Archives Office of Tasmania

     Victoria  Public Record Office of Victoria

     Western Australia

     State Records Office of Western Australia

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