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A statue commemorates the Lebanese people who have settled in Australia. This statue represents the symbol of early Lebanese settlers and is offered as a token of appreciation and friendship to Australia.
Lebanese migrants have been settling in Australia from the mid-19th century. By the 1880s sizeable numbers of Lebanese people were finding homes in Sydney, Melbourne and Adelaide. Because the first Lebanese arrived from the Ottoman district of Mount Lebanon in the province of Syria, they were called Syrians, or sometimes Ottomans. Until the formation of the modern state of Lebanon in 1943, the new settlers were rarely referred to as Lebanese, although some may have said they came from Mount Lebanon.
|Address:||Ann Street, Cathedral Square, Brisbane, 4000|
|GPS Coordinates:||Lat: -27.463636|
Note: GPS Coordinates are approximate.
|Approx. Event Start Date:||1880|
|Actual Monument Dedication Date:||Sunday 21st February, 2010|
"I am the descendant of a that built.. Byblos, and Tyre and Sidon, and Antioch, and now I am here to build with you and with a will..."
In honour of the early Lebanese settlers who,140 years ago, established a presence in this country, sewing the bonds of loyalty, friendship and hard work. We thank you Australia
World Lebanese Cultural Union INGO associated with the DPI of the UN
Stefan Antonie Ackerie
Charlie Karam & family
Alex & Rania Alexander
Michel & Evette Kayrouz
Antoine Mehsen Barakat
Ghazi Faisal Merheb
Antoine & Adrienne Ghanem
George & Nadim Sckaf
This statue was unveiled in Brisbane by Lord Mayor Campbell Newman on 21st February 2010 in presence of :
Lebanese Tourism Minister : Mr. Fadi Aboud
Lebanese Culture Minister : Mr. Salim Warde
World President of the WLCU : Mr. EId Chedrawi
World Secretary General of the WLCU : Dr. Nick Kahwaji
Organized by the Culture and Heritage Affairs Committee (WLCU)
WLCU Qld. Inc
Chairman : Mr. Antoine Ghanem
Secretary : Mr. Michel Ghaleb
Treasurer : Dr. Rania Alexander