WELCOME HOME: New Australian citizen Craig Herschell and wife Elle return home with baby Emma. Photo Contributed
WELCOME HOME: New Australian citizen Craig Herschell and wife Elle return home with baby Emma. Photo Contributed Contributed

Dad and daughter are ‘new’

ONE of Stanthorpe's newest Australian citizens Craig Herschell and his wife Elle have welcomed another little Aussie with the birth of their daughter Emma.

The trio was welcomed home from Brisbane with decorations set up by Mrs Herschell's parents, who came over from Scotland for the occasion.

Mr Herschell said he decided to call Australia home after experiencing the country's unique lifestyle during a family trip.

"It was the people, the lifestyle, the weather... plus there's plenty to do," he said.

"I came over in 1997 with my family, and visited a few times after that before I decided to come back to live.

"You have to be in Australia for at least four years to apply for citizenship... then you do a test in Toowoomba."

Having lived down under for five-and-a-half years, Mr Herschell breezed the citizenship test, taking only four minutes to correctly answer 20 questions.

"I drove to Toowoomba to sit there doing a test for four minutes," he laughed.

Mr Herschell said a job opportunity at Favero Motors saw him settle in Stanthorpe.

The new Aussie said applying for citizenship was an expensive exercise.

He said his wife Elle hopes to become an Australian citizen later this year.

Mr Herschell joined seven others for a citizenship ceremony at the general council meeting in Stanthorpe on

March 27.

Southern Downs mayor Peter Blundell welcomed Mr Herschell, along with Ginny Lovelady, Manjula Devi, Marriette Botha, Brigette Botha, Albert Botha, Melissa Botha and Almari Botha.

Stanthorpe's new citizens hail from South Africa, the UK and Fiji.

Friends and family gathered at the Stanthorpe council chambers as the new citizens took the Australian Citizenship Pledge and sang the national anthem.

Welcome to:

Stanthorpe's new Australian citizens - Craig Herschell, Ginny Lovelady, Manjula Devi, Marriette Botha, Brigette Botha, Albert Botha, Melissa Botha and Almari Botha.

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