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The Hon Peter Garrett AM MP
Minister for the Environment, Heritage and the Arts

"Welcome Wall" names mark migrant journeys

Media Release
31 May 2009

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Arts Minister Peter Garrett today unveiled 900 new names in a Welcome Wall ceremony at the Australian National Maritime Museum.

More than 18,000 names from more than 130 countries are inscribed on the Wall, and the museum conducts an unveiling ceremony twice a year.

"For 10 years the Welcome Wall has been a place where people can record both their stories and their journeys," Mr Garrett said.

"I am delighted to unveil these additions today and to share this special event with those who have added their names and their stories from which ever part of the globe they travelled.

"With names from every continent and countries including the UK, Italy, Croatia, Germany, Vietnam, Peru and the USA, this wall tells its own story about Australia's rich migrant and multicultural background and is a great celebration of our diversity."

Mr Garrett congratulated the Australian National Maritime Museum on the 100 metre wall and the special place it had become for so many Australians.

The Australian National Maritime Museum, located at Darling Harbour in Sydney, has immigration as one of its major themes. The Passengers gallery expands on many of Australia's migration stories. 

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