This is the 563rd post on this blog, and so far I’ve never started any of them with G’day.
But today I speak to you for the first time as an Australian, so I just had to do it, didn’t I?
The day started early, we had to be at the Brisbane Convention and Exhibition Centre, the exact same place we saw Eddie Izzard, by eight o’clock in the morning.
We got there at about 8:15 AM, not a bad effort.
With the Australian authorities usual efficiency, they managed to process 1,117 applicants and have them all seated by 9:30 AM for the start of the ceremony.
Well, in truth it started about 10 minutes late, but in fairness it was (again) the biggest Citizenship Ceremony in all of Australia.
It is an intensely proud moment, getting Australian citizenship, I noticed Mrs BobinOz well up on a couple of occasions. Elizabeth was also extremely excited about the whole thing, she woke up at 6 AM raring to go.
She is not normally an early riser.
For the record, I was pretty excited too and very much chuffed to become Australian. I’m not an early riser either and always start the day slowly, I find it impossible to get emotional before midday.
But even I had a little ‘moment’ that I needed to control 🙂
Aussie! Aussie! Aussie!
Yesterday marked the end of a very long journey. I say very long, but looking back it’s not that long at all, is it? It was six years ago that we had the idea, and here we are today as Australian citizens.
I think that’s pretty good!
Here’s a short video about the ceremony….
After the ceremony, which ended at about 11 AM, we went in search of a pub so we can celebrate with a swift half.
Any of you who have read all of my posts will know that it is not possible to buy a swift half in Australia. So, four pints and a pub lunch later we and the three families who had come along to witness our nationalisation headed back home.
As much as I would have loved an afternoon kip, I had a few things to do and before I knew it, we were off out again to the Sports and Recreation Club for a 4 o’clock start.
More celebrations with more friends.
Incredibly, the predicted rain didn’t happen and it was actually a very nice day. But we managed to get very wet inside.
It started as a dream, today it is a reality.
It’s great to be an Aussie!