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17-March-2019 [Sandra Brown]
17-March-2019 [Sandra Brown]

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The Gippsland Immigration Wall of Recognition commemorates the contribution of immigrants to the development of Gippsland. The monument is a series of bronze plaques depicting the past and present life of the many thousands of migrants who have settled in Gippsland.

The statue, cast in bronze, is the central figure of the Gippsland Immigration Wall of Recognition. The 2 metre high statue represents a healthy young immigrant worker arriving in Australia. He has a couple of bags, a battered suitcase and one handmade bag in which he holds all his possessions and tools of trade. His stance is surefooted but straining slightly forward, with his hand shading his face against the harsh Australian sun as he begins this new stage of life.

The statue was constructed in the traditional method by William Eicholtz, using the ‘lost wax’ casting method. In a semi-circle around the statue are seven walls of granite. Four of these walls have bronze plaques on the north side of which there is a graphic display of the history of immigration into Gippsland using four themes - 'Departing / Arriving, Settling, Working, Achieving'. The remaining three walls facing north have the names of immigrant families who have lived and worked in Gippsland. The south facing walls are available for the inscription of further names, some of which have already been inscribed. One of the plaques also includes text explaining the history of immigration into Gippsland.


Address:50 - 70 Princes Drive, Gippsland Immigration Park , Morwell, 3840
GPS Coordinates:Lat: -38.237579
Long: 146.422432
Note: GPS Coordinates are approximate.
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Monument Type:Monument
Monument Theme:Landscape
Artist:William Eicholtz (statue)


Actual Monument Dedication Date:Sunday 18th March, 2007
Front Inscription


The Migrant 

A suitcase filled with courage,
Wonder, hope and dreams
In search of far horizons
For what fate and fortune brings

I have found you land of freedom
No longer will I roam 
My tomorrows are your destiny 
Australia, my home

A poem by D. Tripodi

Inscription in Proximity

Plaque :

The Gippsland Immigration Wall of Recognition Community Park was officially opened by Peter Batchelor MP Minister for Victorian Community

Sunday 18 March 2007

Supported by the Victorian Government    

Plaque :

The Gippsland Immigration Wall of Recognition was officially opened by the Hon. Kevin Andrews MP Minister for Immigration & Citizenship Australian Government

Sunday 18 March 2007

Source: MA
Monument details supplied by Monument Australia - www.monumentaustralia.org.au
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