El Emigrante, a statue commemorates the Lebanese people who have settled in Australia

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July 07, 2017

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
State: QLD
Area: AUS
GPS Coordinates: Lat: -27.463636
Long: 153.028921
Note: GPS Coordinates are approximate.
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Monument Type: Sculpture
Monument Theme: Landscape
Sub-Theme: Settlement
Approx. Event Start Date: 1880


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 alphabet

Source: MA


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