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19 July 2010
"Constitution Day on July 9 is the occasion that marks Australia's creation as a nation, the day in 1900 when Queen Victoria gave royal assent to the Constitution."
"In the coming days, about 500 new Australians from almost 70 countries will be welcomed at citizenship ceremonies across the nation. These special Constitution Day ceremonies will give our nation's newest citizens an opportunity to acknowledge that they understand and respect what it means to become Australians."
Australian citizenship ceremonies were held in Adelaide, Melbourne, Sydney, Perth and Brisbane. In addition Canberra will be welcoming 60 new Australians from 25 Countries at the National Museum of Australia.
On 9 July 2010 a British couple Camilla and David Shaw became Australian citizens. Mrs Shaw had the following to say: