After the speeches it was time to stand and recite the pledge:
From this time forward,Then the Mayor presented each candidate with their certificate and an Australian native plant. My crew of friends (Ruth, Danny, Michelle, Tash, Mary and Elvira) gave a big cheer when my name was called, which made the Mayor comment that I must have a fan club. After everyone had received their certificates we sang the national anthem and then the ceremony was finished. Danny grabbed my camera and started taking photos of everyone. I was very appreciative of people coming to watch, especially Michelle and Tash who drove down from Ballarat in the rain. We said goodbye to Elvira and then headed out to dinner at Baba on Lygon Street to celebrate. It doesn't yet feel like I'm an Australian citizen, but I'm sure it will sink in over the next few days.
I pledge my loyalty to Australia and its people,
whose democratic beliefs I share,
whose rights and liberties I respect, and
whose laws I will uphold and obey.