Australia Day 2013 Citizenship Ceremony

Citizenship ceremonies are an important part of Australia Day celebrations.

On Australia Day 2013, the Prime Minister, the Hon Julia Gillard, presided over a ceremony in Canberra where 21 people from 9 countries became citizens. A 'Welcome to Country' by Ngunnawal community leader Agnes O'Shea OAM, affectionately known as Aunty Agnes, preceded the citizenship ceremony, which concluded with an Australian citizenship affirmation ceremony led by the Governor General, her Excellency Ms Quentin Bryce.

Aunty Agnes addresses guests with a welcome to country speech before the ceremony.

Aunty Agnes addresses guests with a welcome to country speech before the ceremony. Photo not to be used or reproduced without the permission of the Department of Immigration and Border Protection.


Her Excellency, Quentin Bryce pictured on stage leading the affirmation.

The Governor General leads the crowd in a moving Australian citizenship affirmation ceremony. Photo not to be used or reproduced without the permission of the Department of Immigration and Border Protection.


Prime Minister Julia Gillard MP (Prime Minister in 2012) and the Secretary of the Department of Immigration and Border Protection Martin Bowles pictured applauding Miriam Margolyes OBE as she receives her Australian Citizenship certificate.

Prime Minister Julia Gillard MP (Prime Minister in 2012) and the Secretary of the Department of Immigration and Border Protection Martin Bowles, formally welcomed prominent actress and new Australian citizen, Miriam Margolyes OBE. Photo not to be used or reproduced without the permission of the Department of Immigration and Border Protection.


Ms Margolyes, who first came to Australia in the 1980s and lives in the Southern Highlands, said becoming an Australian citizen was a dream come true, particularly on Australia Day.

'I didn't expect it, because I'm a senior citizen and this is a young country of young people but you do want me and I am thrilled,' she said.

'It's a big, public, joyous day that everyone in Australia shares – a day of the whole country congratulating itself and to be part of that is quite humbling. It's a big moment in a girl’s life, I can tell you that.'

New Australian citizen Ian Mears proudly waving the Australian flag.

Ian Mears celebrated becoming an Australian citizen in Canberra. Photo not to be used or reproduced without the permission of the Department of Immigration and Border Protection.


The Velloza family of four huddle together whilst holding the Australian flag.

The Velloza family fly their new Australian flag at their citizenship ceremony. Photo not to be used or reproduced without the permission of the Department of Immigration and Border Protection.


The Secretary of the Department of Immigration and Border Protection Martin Bowles standing next to new citizens Nguyen Le and Davide Lucchetti who are holding their Australian Citizenship certificates.

New Australian citizens Nguyen Le (middle) and Davide Lucchetti (right) with the Secretary of the Department of Immigration and Border Protection, Martin Bowles (left). Photo not to be used or reproduced without the permission of the Department of Immigration and Border Protection.


The Obeng Family of three pictured holding their Australian Citizenship certificates.

The Obeng family proudly display their citizenship certificates. Photo not to be used or reproduced without the permission of the Department of Immigration and Border Protection.


Last reviewed Thursday 13 February 2014

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