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Barbara Sarri will become an Australian citizen tomorrow after first arriving at the Sydney docks 57 years ago. She is pictured with her great
granddaughter Jordan and granddaughter Alena Sarri.
Picture: Elesa Lee
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A NICHOLLS resident can finally call
Australia home after almost 60 years.
Barbara Sarri, who migrated from
London in 1954, will become a citizen
at the official Australia Day celebra-
tions this week.
She said she was very excited and
proud to finally become an Australian
''Well I'll feel as though I belong
then,'' she said.
Despite happily choosing the ''£10
pound boat'' to Australia, Mrs Sarri
said she wanted to go home for the first
''We were dumped on the Sydney
docks and had a pound between us --
we had no money, no jobs, no nothing,
but we worked hard,'' she said.
''In those days you had to work hard
and that was a good thing.''
Mrs Sarri and husband Nick soon
moved from Sydney taking up resi-
dence at the Hotel Canberra, now the
Despite a warning from a friend
about the cold weather in the nation's
capital, Mrs Sarri said she would never
have lived anywhere else.
''I loved it -- in those days it wasn't
like this now, it was a nice country
village. We used to go on our nights
off to the Albert Hall if something was
on, or Goulburn,'' she said.
''I didn't think of living anywhere
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