Thursday, June 18, 2009

Halloo hallay! I got a letter...

"Dear Ms Bowen,

On behalf of the Government and people of Australia, I am delighted to advise you that your application for Australian citizenship has been approved...

... On behalf of the Government and all Australians I offer my warmest congratulations and best wishes for the years ahead.

Yours sincerely,

Renelle Forster
Assistant Secretary
Citizenship Branch"

I'm not quite finished: I have to attend a 'Citizenship Ceremony" organised by the local Council in order to have my citizenship conferred upon me, and that could take 6 months or more. I don't think I have to don a hat-with-corks and sing Waltzing Matilda but you never know. At least after 18 months of darling daughter attending a state primary school I do know the words AND the tune for the Australian National Anthem...


  1. WOOT! Time to crack a lamington...

  2. Geez yor a great sheila! Congrats!

  3. Oh well done!! (you can choose whether that's for the citizenship or learning Waltzing Matilda...!!).

    Good heavens, I have an Aussie sister! Help!! I am sure there are lots of jokes I could make, but please let me know when you officially change your name to Sheila!

  4. Wow! Congratulations! I had no idea you were going to be a permanent fixture down there. Woohoo!!! jan in the US


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