Town Hall in Anson Street

Town Hall

In the 1950s those wishing to become Australian citizens had to have lived in Australia for five years, be of good character and speak reasonable English. By the time the first post-war migrants started thinking about becoming Australian citizens in the mid-1950s, the Immigration Department asked local authorities to hold citizenship ceremonies. Previously, local courts had performed a perfunctory ceremony. The ceremonies were first held in the Town Hall, but later the CWA Hall became a popular venue, as was the Strand Theatre.