Media release: Tuesday, 7 July 2009
The National Archives has joined forces with the Department of Immigration and Citizenship (DIAC) to highlight the importance of the Australian Constitution to all citizens, new and old.
This year is the 60th anniversary of the Citizenship Act and 9 July, the day in 1900 when Queen Victoria signed her assent to the Constitution Act, marks the creation of the nation.
This is the first year that special citizenship ceremonies will be held in all states and territories on Thursday 9 July to mark Constitution Day. Notable new citizens include former Wallaby and Brumby Clyde Rathbone in Canberra and Adelaide 36ers basketballer Adam Ballinger in Adelaide.
The ceremonies will be held at various locations including Government House, Canberra; the Queen's Hall, Victorian Parliament Building; City of Perth Chambers; the Migration Museum in Adelaide; and DIAC and Archives offices around the country. The Governor-General, Ms Quentin Bryce, will preside in Canberra.
Archives Director-General Ross Gibbs said, 'We are delighted to partner with the Department of Immigration and Citizenship to welcome some of Australia's newest citizens on this important day.
'The Constitution, which is on display at the National Archives in Canberra, highlights the opportunities and challenges of being an active citizen in our contemporary democratic society.'