Plumber Terry Barrell has become only the second person to be sworn in as an Australian citizen in the Antarctic.
He recited the Australian Citizenship Pledge on the shore of Prydz Bay in front of Australia’s Davis research station in the Australian Antarctic Territory.
Barrell was born in the United Kingdom and applied for Australian citizenship in late 2016.
He has been working aat Davis station since November 2017, when he arrived on the Australian icebreaker Aurora Australis.
“I was granted my citizenship while going through my pre-departure training in Hobart, and was hoping to become an Australian citizen before I left for Antarctica, but there wasn’t time to arrange a ceremony before the ship left,” he says.
“Being able to hold the ceremony in Antarctica is amazing. It’s a beautiful place down here with views of the glaciers and out to the ocean with passing icebergs, it’s a day I will always remember.”
Davis station leader Robb Clifton conducted the ceremony. The weather was perfect — clear blue skies and a temperature of -2.7 °C.
“At Davis research station we are one of Australia’s most remote and smallest communities, so to welcome Terry as a new Australian citizen while we are here is a unique experience that I feel honoured to be part of,” he says.
The only other Australian citizen ceremony held in the Australian Antarctic Territory was in 1998, also at Davis research station.
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