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Canberra Good Neighbour (Newspaper) - March 1, 1955, Canberra, Australian Capital Territory 7 More applicants for citizenship Over past year new Rise expected applications for citizenship made by new australians during 1954 were considerably higher than in the previous year. The Fig ures were�?4,781 in 1953, and 16,366 in 1954. A further increase is expected in the current year following the announcement by the minister for immigration or. Holt that the full naturalization fee would be reduced from �5 to �1. Figures for 1954 in the states and territories with figures for the preceding year in brackets were As follows Victoria 6,434 1,438 . 5,118 1,761 Queensland 1,381 486 . 1,283 470 . 1,655 461 Tasmania 316 108 . 104 19 and the Northern territory 75 38. The Sharp increase Over the previous year was largely because the great numbers o migrants who arrived in 1949 became eligible for naturalization after completing five years residence. Other causes were the change in the style of renunciation of former allegiance required in the ceremony and the new style of civic ceremony which is now in use throughout Australia. In past years the candidate had been required to renounce his nationality specifically before swearing allegiance to the Queen. For Many take a pole for example it was just As difficult to say with sincerity i renounce my polish nationality As it would be for a Good australian Scot to say i renounce the traditions of the act was changed and though the effect remains the same full allegiance is required of the candidate he is now asked to renounce former allegiances without mentioning his old nationality. And now As suggested by Many members of the Good Neighbour Council and new settlers leagues the fee has been reduced. Legislation to be considered by parliament would make it unnecessary for a candidate to Lodge a declaration of intention. In which u incorporate Thene australian the monthly bulletin of the department of immigration to assist migrants. No. 15 Canberra March 1955 City first lady honours new citizen watched by the lord mayor the lady Mayoress of Perth mrs. J. Murray moves Back to her position after having pinned a Posy of Flowers on miss Leda Penchi who became an australian citizen at a ceremony held in Perth town Hall on Australia Day. Mis Penchi was one of 35 candidates naturalized on that occasion. In her hand the new citizen holds a message of Welcome from the Good Neighbour Council of Western Australia. The candidates were also presented with the copy of the Bible on which t they individually swore allegiance. These pleasant gestures of Friendship for the new citizens made by the municipal authorities and the Good Neighbour Council in Perth Are typical of the Vany heart warming additions with which Good Neighbours and local councils in All states Are to Day surrounding Australia s naturalization ceremonies. She is a doctor again and Dot Hare no naturalized in Czechoslovakia or. And mrs. Hronsky both held a doctorate he in Law she in Medicine. Now she is again a medical practitioner and both Are naturalized australians. When their own country could no longer give them the Freedom they wanted the Hronsky Spaid their own fares to Australia. He was 42 and she was 31 when they arrived Here in 1948. On arrival Liev had Cio Between them. Both wanted to resume their former vocations but in each Case it would have meant studying again for qualification ind they needed Money to live on. They talked it Over and decided that a thorough command of the English language with All its Fine shades of meaning were essential to a lawyer but not so important to a doctor. They Felt that mrs. Hronsky could More easily Cope with a new language in re qualifying Lor Medicine than he could in Law. So William Irons Kuwent to work first in the motor Trade and then in a produce factory while his wife did full time study at Adelaide University. I meanwhile he studied accountancy and backed by his past Law studies won a top credit in company Law. He is now the manager 7 of a business in Adelaide. And mrs. Hronsky has qualified to practise Medicine in Australia. This is a Happy country say the can see it in the whole attitude of the people. They Are like the people of Europe before world War comparing Australia with their former land they said people particularly of the working class Are much better off and have a much higher Standard of living. The relations Between Boss and employee Are much healthier in 97 the Dav week. Adrain Berkhout tells his Story of happiness Adrain Berkhout who used to live at Sint Anna Marochie in Friesland with his wife and children is a Happy Man. Here is his Story exactly As he wrote it himself. It is a simple Story but it is the Story of successful migration being heard throughout Australia today. It was the same old Story. A Friend of ours emigrated a few years ago and was doing Well. He was of the opinion that in Australia there was work and happiness for us too. That was the beginning. After receiving information from both the dutch government and australian authorities we decided to Farewell our family our friends and our country and to build up a new life in Australia on 1st March 1954 we left Amsterdam by . After a Beautiful journey we arrived in Melbourne on 10th March. On the following Day we were transferred to Bone Gilla Camp near Alburg. I wished to work in my own Trade and told the employment officer. The employment office came into action for us. After Only one week they told me i could have a Job in Sydney. We had then to live in a Hostel which we did not like much. The employment officer told me it was very hard to get a House for our family Man wife ind five Small children in age rip to five years. However he Ifould do his Best and the following Day there was another offer. There was a vacancy for an operator in Braidwood new South Wales and fortunately there was a Home available too. So we went to Braidwood and have been living there for about eight Mont Snow. At first it was very hard to understand the people and to do my work satisfactorily. 1 am a Linotype operator on the staff of the Braidwood dispatch. But after All the people were and Are very kind and helped us in every possible Way particularly or. Musgrave my Boss and his Good wife. Weare still learning our language by correspondence course and radio lessons which Are free to All new australians. The children can play All Day in the Garden summer and Winter. One of the things that my wife likes most is that after washing the clothes she can Iron them on the same Day. In Holland it took some times More than a week to get the clothes dry. That is who she likes Australia most 1 think. In conclusion we Are Happy because we took the big step. Australia offers work food and happiness. We receive it with thanks and express our thanks by doing our Best to be Good australians with keeping the Good things of the old country. Footnote or. Berkhout s employer writes we Are very Happy with our dutchman and have become quite fond of the family. The five Small children and the parents Are doing splendidly with their English and have become respected citizens of the town. They have a Fine Garden and or. Berkhout has the Orchard which is a very Good one in excellent order and the Trees Are Laden with fruit. There will be an addition to the family soon. If this continues i can see that i will have to build additional rooms on to the House for them. In our Humble Way we have tried to do our Best for them and make them Happy in their new country digest As in previous years a digest of proceedings will be published covering the 1955 citizenship convention. It will contain pictures extracts from major speeches and Jytte text of resolutions put Forward re full Assembly of delegates

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