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Summertime in Fairfield — Australia Day

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Clockwise from left to right: 1. Mayor Les Powell presenting certificate at Naturalisation Ceremony. 2, 3 & 4. Naturalisation Ceremony in the Cabramatta Civic Hall, 1950s. 5. Couple at Naturalisation Ceremony.

This Australia Day marks the 900th citizenship ceremony hosted by Fairfield City Council. The first citizenship ceremony was held on Friday 16 July 1954 at the Fairfield Municipal Council Chambers. The Biz reported this historical ceremony on the following Friday:

History was made last Friday night, when for the first time a naturalisation ceremony was performed in the Council Chambers. Looking very dignified in his new robes, and gold chain of office (worn for the first time), His Worship the Mayor, Ald. Les. Hale, carried out his brief but important ceremony in a most impressive manner. He was accompanied on the dais by Federal and State members of Parliament representing different parts of the municipality. The room was crowded with interested residents, some standing in the hallway, and all closely followed the proceedings… He congratulated the eight citizens who that night had made history in Fairfield by being naturalised there.

The Biz also added the following statement — “The Biz” feels that it must add its congratulations to Fairfield Council on its patriotic action in deciding to carry out these ceremonies, the Mayor for the most capable manner in which he performed his part, the applicants on their very proper and courageous step, the others who assisted in making the occasion so noteworthy, and the local residents on their interest and encouragement shown by attending. Welcome, our new citizens and good luck.

[Excerpts taken from the Biz Newspaper, 21 July 1954, pp12-13,  http://trove.nla.gov.au/ndp/del/article/75586980]










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