The Australian National Maritime Museum has announced that the cut off for registrations for inclusion in the added Migration Wall panels to 31 August 2023.    The ceremony for the unveiling of the new panels will be held on 4 November 2023.

The National Monument to Migration honours the thousands of migrants who have travelled across the world to call Australia home. Each year, more names are inscribed on the bronze-panelled wall which faces Darling Harbour and Pyrmont Bay – historically the site where many migrants first arrived.

The Monument features over 30,000 names from over 200 countries and for the first time, names from Afghanistan, Gabon, Sierra Leone and Somalia have been inscribed.

So far 146 people with Filipino heritage have registered for the next batch. More donors are invited to support this initiative where the valuable contributions of migrants to the country are acknowledged on the museum’s website in addition to their names being inscribed on the monument’s wall.   Registration can be made by the individuals wanting to register themselves or a member of their families or friends.  The latter can be as posthumous to pay tribute to the contributions of the deceased persons.  The donation of $500 for the registration is tax deductible.  

Further information is available on the Maritime Museum's website.

One of the much-loved Fil-Aus community leaders, Michell Baltazar, was among those who were included in the inscription last year.  You can read Michelle's story here.

Photography by Cara O’Dowd

Check out this other article for the writer's sharing of her migration story and joining the National Monument to Migration.  

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