HUSBAND and wife Dong Liu and Lujia Zhang left their native China behind four years ago so they could make a new life for themselves in Orange.
Both say it was two years ago when their thoughts began leading them on the path to becoming Australian citizens.
Yesterday in Cook Park on Australia Day and before a huge crowd the couple took an oath giving them full citizenship.
Mr Liu who came to Orange to work as an engineer at Electrolux says he couldn’t believe how blue the skies was when he arrived in Australia.
“Everyone is just so nice to us and what I like is the respect which everyone shows to each other in this country,” he said.
Not long after arrive Lujia Zhang’s talents as a classical pianist and singer were quickly recognised and she began teaching at Orange Regional Conservatorium.
“In Australia it just feels so lovely and relaxed,” Ms Zhang said.
Orange’s other new citizens are Christopher Sandra, Clarish and Clien Baltazar from the Philippines, Shardea Dahal Sapkota from Nepal, Susan Fenwich, and Andrew and James Walford from the United Kingdom, Joshua Hill from the United States, Dimitry Rachkov from the USSR, Jyotshna Singh from India and Corazon South from the Philippines.