Adding a Name

As an acknowledgement of your tax-deductible gift of $500 your name, or the name of a family member, relative, co-worker or friend will be etched in bronze onto Australia’s National Monument to Migration in recognition of their journey across the seas to make Australia their new home. 

To acknowledge your support, you will receive:

  • A personal inscription in bronze on the Australia's National Monument to Migration
  • Dedicated online profile page
  • A profile that can be securely managed and shared with friends and family
  • Research functionality: search other names who may have arrived via the same vessel / time
  • Exclusive invitation to an unveiling ceremony for new inscriptions on the wall
  • A tax-deductible receipt

Register Now

To add an inscrption to the wall, please fill in your details below and the Welcome Wall team will be in contact.

Important Details

  • Registrations are submitted and managed online.
  • Each donation of $500 or more is permitted one inscription line (this is also referred to as a 'registration').
  • For a name to appear on the museum’s Welcome Wall, the person must have been born overseas and settled in Australia. Their arrival can have been by sea or air.
  • You can register with as little information as the person's name and place of origin.
  • Once you have registered, you'll be able to add a story about the person, along with information about their arrival, personal details and images. This optional information is held on the Welcome Wall website and appears in your online profile. It can be managed and added to at any time.
  • If you are listing a living person other than yourself, you will need to download a permission letter and forward it to the person you want to list to get their permission to proceed. Once approval has been received by the Welcome Wall team, their name will be added to the Welcome Wall.
  • New panels of listed names are unveiled at a special ceremony at the museum twice a year. We are now accepting registrations for our 83rd panel with the unveiling ceremony set for April/May 2020. Usually unveiling ceremonies occur twice a year in April/May and September/October to avoid the heat. If your inscription is due to be unveiled, you will be notified by email prior to the ceremony. Ceremonies are free public events and all are welcome to attend.


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.

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.

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.

Here are some examples of inscriptions:


Full name
BROWN Lisa Dorothy
Full name with nickname included in brackets
BROWN Lisa Dorothy (Thea)
Surname with initials
Surname, maiden name with initials
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


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

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.

Due to the current suspension of outdoor gatherings of 500 plus people in response to COVID-19, the Museum has postponed the next Welcome Wall unveiling ceremony until further notice.

This will be rescheduled to a future date when the restrictions are lifted. We will give all registrants advance notice of this rescheduled date. Unveiling ceremonies are usually held in April/May and September/October.


Online Welcome Wall

You can now login to manage your listing. Once logged in you can edit all aspects of your profile, photos, story and details and provide access to your friends or family.

When logged in you'll also be able to see your Orders, Inscriptions and Registrations and share 'tokens' that allow family or friends to see their online profiles without having to log into the system.

Yes. Online listings can be grouped together using the 'related' function. In your account you can see which names are attached to you. Users can then edit them or select if they want them to be linked. If 'checking' an entry they will show together with other registrants in the 'related family' panel.

If you have forgotten your password you can reset it here  
An email with a password recovery link will be sent to your e-mail address.

Please contact us if you have forgotten your email or username.

Yes. In a user's profile details, there is a section marked 'available on wall'. If this box is checked, the user can choose to display or not display on the online Welcome Wall.

You can add up to 10 pictures to your registration that will appear with your online Welcome Wall profile.
File type: JPEG or PNG
File size: maximum 2MB each
Image dimensions: square or landscape, minimum 500px wide

You can reorder the images by simply dragging them up and down - the first image will display as the default for your profile and will be shown in listings.

Entries for multiple registrations can be shared with a user's family or friends. This allows a family member or a friend to view registrations that are linked to the main user’s account without them having to log in. The user makes a 'token' to grant access to other family members or friends under their account allowing them full view of a profile without having to log in. They can then send an email with this information to the chosen person will receive access to view their profile.

Sharing entries

You need to login to view and access your full profile (such as your images and story) and then you can give access to others you choose to share with such as family and friends.

These people do not need a login to view. Instead they can view a special link based on a token that is assigned by  you. This is done via tokens which are assigned and create a special URL that can be shared. To do this when you login choose Tokens from the right hand menu.

This will take you to the Tokens page. Click generate token to create a special link for each registrant with a token appended to it that allows full view of a profile without having to log in. Then select the Share Registrants link and this will load a modal window where you can send an email to family or friends (who have an online entry).

Also the account user can also remove access by clicking on 'revoke token' in their profile. This will remove access to the special links and the family member or friend will no longer be able to see their full profile.




The friend or family member gets an email with this detail


On clicking on the links in the email they can view their full entries.

If you'd rather not fill in the online form or need more time to complete, registrations can also be submitted via this downloadable form. Simply download, fill in and return to us by email and a member of the Welcome Wall team will complete the process for you.

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Unfortunately, this site does not support Internet Explorer (IE). If you are a Windows user, your new default browser is Microsoft Edge. Why this change? As software makers release new versions of their browsers, older versions are no longer updated and gradually lose compatibility with current web technology. The browsers supported by this site are the newest and safest technology available.

For your privacy and data security you now need to login to view and access your profile. Once logged in, you'll be able to access more detailed information, including photographs, stories and add new information. You can add more information than before.

A new feature of the updated system is that people related to you ('family view') will be able to look at other registrants who are connected to you, if they have activated access.

The platform has been built so that only a basic set of information is shown to the general public. In order to view the full detail (such as images and story detail) only logged-in Welcome Wall users can access this content.

Due to data and privacy concerns, some of the information you have may have provided in the past is now hidden from public view. You now need to login to view and access your full profile (such as your images and story) as well as give access to others you choose to share with such as family and friends.


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