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NEW FACES: Mayor Liz Innes, acting general manager Lindsay Usher and shire councillors with Eurobodalla’s newest citizens on Australia Day.Australia Day had special significance for 10 Eurobodalla residents who took the pledge to become some of the nation’s newest citizens, but for some, the event was a long time coming.
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Malua Bay’s Vivien Clare Thornett took the plunge to become an Australian citizen at the shire’s citizenship ceremony in Moruya on January 26 after a half-century wait.

After moving to Australia from across the Tasman at age 20, Vivien spent 50 years juggling her British, Kiwi and Aussie ties.

But the long wait came to become a citizen came to an end last week.

The self-described “cuckoo” said she had finally found her nest.

“Every Australia Day I thought I should be doing it and I never got round to it,” Vivien said.

“I really should have done it sooner because I married into a family where I really should be Australian.

“My husband, John Thornett, was the captain of the Australian Wallabies for many years.”

Although an British citizen for much of her life, the former nurse pledged her allegiance to the green and gold on the sporting field long ago.

“When I first met Johnand we decided to get married,we were playing the Bledisloe Cup and I said because I wasgoing to marry him, I wouldcall for Australia for then on,” Vivien said.

The 70-year-old former nurse said it took a bit of persuading from her golf mentor and close friend Brian McIntosh to follow through with her citizenship application.

“I always wanted to take the step. I just never got round to doing it but Brian was the one who kept pushing me,” she said.

After receiving her certificate, Vivien said she finally felt at home.

“Now I can actually say I belong somewhere, which is a great feeling,” she said.

Vivien was joined by residents from the United States, India, Hungary, the Philippines, England, Norway and Italy at theceremony in Moruya.

Mayor Liz Innes officiated the event andencouraged the Eurobodalla to “look to a future in which we freely celebrate what we love about our home and our country.”

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