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Immigrants Wall

Immigration Wall at Portland

Glenelg Shire Council have granted permission for descendants of those immigrants who first set their feet on Australian soil at PORTLAND Victoria to place a memorial on the north wall of the Ploughed Field.

If immigrants arrived at Melbourne and they came direct to Portland they DO NOT qualify. They are Melbourne arrivals. Also settlers coming from interstate do not qualify.

37 ships carrying assisted migrants arrived at Portland between 1851 and 1857. A few migrants arrived on the Francis Henty and the Cornelius and a few others jumped ship at Portland. These qualify, however proof needs to be provided.

Initial contact may be made through History House.


Plaques are available from Parkers Monumental Masons, Fitzgerald Street, Portland. Phone (03) 5523 1090.

The plaques are 22.5 x 22.7cm and the cost is $335.00.

A variety of shapes and tinted plaques are available, subject to size requirements and prices are available on request.

You may also make your own choice of foundry or monumental firm.

Council Regulations

Council have set a permanent rental and placement fee of $100.00. This fee will not cover damage to/or replacement of the plaque.

The plaque will be no larger than A4 size but may vary in shape and oientation.

The plaques will be put in place by an employee of the Glenelg Shire Council.

Help can be offered with wording for your plaque if required.

Application, in the first instance, may be made through History House, Portland.

Unveiling of the Plaque

Those who are planning an unveiling of their plaque can contact History House, Portland who have a selection of flags which may be hired.

Cost per occasion $5.00 plus $20.00 refundable deposit payable in advance.

British (The Union Jack)
English (The Cross of St. George)
Scotland (The Cross of St. Andrew)
Ireland (The Irish Republican Flag)
Cornwall (The Cornish Flag)

Others can be sourced with at least 2 weeks notice.

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