Got a question about the Welcome Wall?

Our most commonly asked questions are answered below.

If you can’t find an answer to your question, please contact us so we can help with your query.

 

Registrations

Donors who contribute $500 or more to the Welcome Wall/Migration Heritage Fund, can register an inscription of 43 characters (one line) to be included on the museum's Welcome Wall. The listing must be the name or names of family members who were born overseas and settled in Australia. Your donation is tax-deductible.

Each line of 43 characters is known as a registration. The line of text provided by the donor is engraved into a beautiful bronze panel that will be joined to existing Welcome Wall panels.

When enough registrations have been received to fill a new panel (approx. 300 names), the panel is engraved and an unveiling ceremony held. Donors, their family and friends are all welcome to attend the ceremony.

Donors are also given access to an optional online profile on the Welcome Wall website, where family information, documents and images can be stored, shared and added to.

The Welcome Wall records names of individual/s only.

Inscriptions can be up to 43 characters in length. Spaces, punctuation and brackets count as a character. Below are some tips for preparing your inscription copy.

  • The word 'and' is always written ("&" is not allowed)
  • Maiden names are included in brackets, in capital letters
  • Nicknames are included in brackets, with letters in lowercase
  • Titles and awards (eg. Dr, Esq, Mrs or OAM will not be inscribed)
  • Surnames are displayed first

Please note: each inscription purchased equals one online entry

All additional information submitted such as date of arrival and images can be viewed via the online profile on the Welcome Wall.

Yes. You can list as many names as you like on a line providing they fit within the 43 character limit. Please note donations of $500 are acknowledged for their support and provide one line of an inscription which equals one online registration.

No. Each line is engraved into the bronze panel and cannot be altered once produced. Please ensure the information you provide is exactly the way you intend it to appear on the wall.

Yes, you can register a family member or another person who was born a citizen of another country and made Australia home. You need to provide a permission letter signed by the person you nominate showing that they consent to their details being on both the bronze wall and online. Listings cannot occur without this consent letter being provided.

Once we have received 300 registrations a panel is produced and a Welcome Wall unveiling ceremony is held at the museum. We are now accepting registrations for our 83rd panel with the unveiling ceremony set for April/May 2020. Ceremonies usually occur around April/May and September/October.

The time at which your name will be inscribed on the Wall will depend upon time of registration. For example, if you register close to a ceremony date and are placed on a new panel that is yet to be filled, your registration will appear on the Wall at the following ceremony. Email invitations are forwarded to eligible registrants around 6 weeks prior to the event.

Names are listed on the Welcome Wall in the order that they have been registered and not alphabetically. This way a family or group of people who have registered at the same time can appear together on the Wall.

All registrations are submitted online, so you will need to complete the listings at the same time.

If you don't have access to a computer or the internet, we suggest working with a family member or friend to help you. The museum also has volunteers who are available by appointment to assist you if you need help. 

You can pay online securely using all major credit cards. We also accept cheques, money order and credit card (Visa, Mastercard, American Express). Please contact the Welcome Wall team if you want to pay another way.

You can register to the Welcome Wall without official documents. If you are registering another person you will need to get their consent through our permission form (available at the time of registration). For the online profile you'll be required to provide the town and country of birth, date of arrival to Australia and vessel name (if arriving by ship). You can also add a biography, photographs, videos and audio recordings.

The bronze panels record the names of those who travelled from all over the world to make Australia home. More detailed information such as date of arrival in Australia and country of birth are featured on the online Welcome Wall.

The next unveiling ceremony will be in early December 2019 however registrations for this panel have now closed. Unveiling ceremonies are usually held in April/May and September/October.

Yes. Immigration by ship is one of the most significant events in the maritime history of Australia. However, in the 1960's air travel started replacing long sea journeys and today air travel is the main method of arrival to this country. The Welcome Wall tells the stories of those who travelled from all over the world to make Australia home, whether by air or sea travel.

Yes, you can register yourself as long as you were born in another country and made Australia your home, whatever the circumstances of your arrival.

Yes, you can register a friend, work colleague, boss or employee, as long as they were born a citizen of another country and made Australia home.

You need to provide a permission letter signed by the person you nominate showing that they consent to their details being on both the bronze wall and online. Listings cannot occur without this consent letter being provided.

Yes. You can list your family members together on the Welcome Wall, as long as the listing fits into within 43 characters.

You can search the online Welcome Wall where all names engraved in bronze are recorded, together with a personal account of their journey.

You will be provided with the location details including the panel number, column and line number.

Names of migrants are not automatically recorded on the Wall. They or their relatives and friends need to make a donation to the Migration Heritage Fund to then be acknowledged for their support and provided with registration access.

If you have completed a permission letter (in order to get the consent of a friend or family member you want to include on the Welcome Wall) you will need to email this back to us.

Engraving cannot occur until this letter is received by the Welcome Wall team.

Your donation is tax-deductible. You will receive a receipt via email that can be used for your next tax return. The Australian National Maritime Museum (ABN 35 023 590 988) is endorsed as a Deductible Gift Recipient. All gifts of $2 or more are tax-deductible.

Your generous gift will allow development and expansion of our migration programs to strengthen visitors' understanding of our rich migration history.

Inscriptions can be up to 43 characters in length. Spaces, punctuation and brackets count as a character. Below are some tips for preparing your inscription copy.

  • The word 'and' is always written ("&" is not allowed)
  • Maiden names are included in brackets, in capital letters
  • Nicknames are included in brackets, with letters in lowercase
  • Titles and awards (eg. Dr, Esq, Mrs or OAM will not be inscribed)
  • Surnames are displayed first

Please note: each inscription purchased equals one online entry

Here are some examples of inscriptions:

 

Format
Example
Full name
BROWN Lisa Dorothy
Full name with nickname included in brackets
BROWN Lisa Dorothy (Thea)
Surname with initials
BROWN LD
Surname, maiden name with initials
BROWN (JONES) LD
Surname first name and family
BROWN Lisa and family
Family name only
BROWN family
Family name and two first names
BROWN Lisa and Larry
Family name, two first names and initials 
BROWN Lisa DH and Larry ES
Family name, first names and family only
BROWN Lisa, Larry, Linda and family