The western wall of Immigration Museum's Tribute Garden
Image: Philip Thiel
Source: Museum Victoria
Question: I enjoyed my visit to Immigration Museum's Tribute Garden. Are there similar projects still registering people's names?
Answer: Many visitors to the Immigration Discovery Centre enquire about adding their family name to a wall or garden similar to the Tribute Garden at Immigration Museum. There are a number of institutions in Victoria and across the country that offer this service as a reminder of the contributions made by immigrants to Australia.
In Canberra, a proposed Immigration Bridge will feature a “history handrail.” The names of 800 migrants will be engraved on the stainless steel handrail that will stretch across Lake Burley Griffin.
The Bonegilla Immigration Reception and Training Centre in Wodonga features a tribute wall. Over 300,000 people stayed at Bonegilla between 1947 and 1971 - now their names can be added to the Bonegilla tribute wall via its website.
The Shilling Wall and Garden is located at the Queen Victoria Women’s Centre on Lonsdale street, Melbourne. It commemorates the original Shilling Fund from 1847 that was used to raise funds for the Queen Victoria Centre. You can add a woman’s name to this wall by making a donation at the centre’s website.
For those in New South Wales, a Welcome Wall is located at the Australian National Maritime Museum at Darling Harbour, Sydney. In South Australia, the Migration Museum in Adelaide has a Settlement Square where visitors are invited to have the names of their ancestors engraved onto pavers that are laid in the courtyard.
The final wall to mention is Australia’s Virtual Immigration Wall of Honour. This website gives families the opportunity to enter details online and is updated regularly. This website not only allows you to honour and commemorate those who have migrated to Australia, but also gives users the opportunity to enter contact details in order to share genealogical information.
Meanwhile, at Immigration Museum, we continue to welcome visitors to our beautiful Tribute Garden, where the names of 7000 immigrants to Victoria are displayed. The names of those commemorated can be searched online. We also encourage visitors to share their migration story with us via the "Share a Story" database using computers located in the Immigration Discovery Centre. Entry to both the Tribute Garden and the Immigration Discovery Centre is free.