Celebrating 70 years of Citizenship

Monday, 21 January 2019

This year, Australia Day celebrates an extra special milestone, marking 70 years since Australian citizenship was introduced.

 

Australian citizenship came into effect on 26 January 1949, through the Nationality and Citizenship Act 1948.  Before this Australians held the status of British subjects.  The first citizenship ceremony was held at the Albert Hall in Canberra.

 

This year, the City of Mandurah will formally welcome 85 new citizens, from a range of cultural backgrounds including; Ireland, Italy, UK, USA, New Zealand, Zimbabwe, Venezuela, Brazil, Bangladesh, India, Indonesia, Malaysia, Thailand, Philippines, Taiwan, Sri Lanka and Peru.

 

City of Mandurah Deputy Mayor Caroline Knight said Australia Day in Mandurah is a time of celebration.

 

“Welcoming new Australian’s to our beautiful City is a real honour and a privilege. 

 

“I encourage our local community to join in the festivities on the Eastern Foreshore,” Ms Knight said.

 

The Great Aussie Breakfast will be served by the Lions Club of Mandurah at 7am with live music from the Mandurah Concert Band. Following the Citizen of the Year Awards and the Citizenship Ceremony the Australia Day flotilla will set sail across the beautiful Mandurah estuary.

 

This year’s Australia Day Ambassador, who will be speaking at the ceremony, is Jeffrey Effendi.  Jeffery is a Social Entrepreneur and Humanitarian and is the 2018 WA Young Australian of the Year Finalist.

 

Born in Jakarta, Jeffrey was just seven when his family, who are Chinese-Indonesian, fled the country’s mass race riots.  The experience left him with a deep understanding that stories can change the lens in which people are perceived in society.

 

As the founder of DrawHistory, Jeffrey has helped over 100 not-for-profits and social ventures tell their stories by activating social brands and campaigns that rally people and funding to important causes.

 

Schedule of events

 

7am

Great Aussie Breakfast served by the Lions Club of Mandurah

8am

Mandurah Concert Band

8:30am

Opening and Welcome to Country

9:15am

Australia Day Ambassador: Jeffrey Effendi

9:30am

Community Citizen of the Year Awards

10am – 10:40am

Citizenship Ceremony

10am

Australia Day Flotilla

 

For more information visit www.mandurah.wa.gov.au/whats-on.