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A monument in Brisbane commemorates the Lebanese people who have settled in Australia.

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After the discovery of Australia, and as exploration continued, there came people from various countries to undertake the settlement of Australia. This category contains the public monuments and memorials which were erected to the settlement of Australia since the first arrival of Europeans in New South Wales in 1788.

El Emigrante: A monument commemorates the Lebanese people who have settled in Australia,a project was prepared by the the Heritage and Culture affairs committee of the WLCU headed by Antoine Ghanem.





100 Wickham Street, Centenary Square, Brisbane, 4000





GPS Coordinates:

Lat: -27.459871
Long: 153.031677
Note: GPS Coordinates are approximate.

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Actual Monument Dedication Date:

Sunday 21st February, 2010

Front inscription:

El Emigrante

“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

Left Side Inscription             

Major Sponsors

Stefan Antonie Ackerie 
Charlie Karam & family
Alex & Rania Alexander
Michel & Evette Kayrouz
Antoine Mehsen Barakat
Ghazi Faisal Merheb
Antoine & Adrienne Ghanem
George & Nadim Sckaf

Back Inscription

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

Right Side Inscription

Phoenician alphabetEl_Emigrante-20582-100494

Source: MA

Monument details supplied by Monument Australia – www.monumentaustralia.org.au

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