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Naturalization Certificate - Issued to Peter Nicora, Miner of Kangaroo Flat, Government of Victoria, 1897 Document Reg. No: HT 24781

Certificate of Naturalization granted by the Parliament of Victoria to Peter Nicora, a miner from Kangaroo Flat just south of Bendigo in central Victoria, dated 2 April 1897. This certificate was issued four years before the states were federated to become the Commonwealth of Australia in 1901. Nicora is an Italian name, particularly common in the northern region of Liguria; it appears Peter may have anglicised his first name.

With the discovery of significant gold deposits in the 1850s, Bendigo, and several satellite towns including Kangaroo Flat, Eaglehawk and White Hills, sprung up essentially as tent cities. These gave way to more permanent structures - in Kangaroo Flat the post office opened in1857 and the current street layout was essentially established by the 1880s.
A3 sized paper document printed in black type with hand written names and dates in black ink, excess line spaced ruled out by lines in red ink. The document has been folded in half and then in half and quarter again presumably to fit into an envelope. There is an orange Victoria Stamp duty stamp near the top left hand corner, postmarked and dated 2 April 1897.
Acquisition Information:
Donation from Anonymous, 2009
Discipline: History
Dimensions: 310 mm (Height), 380 mm (Width)

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Tagged with: italian communities, italian immigration, immigration, identifications, citizenship, gold mining
Themes this item is part of: Migration Collection, Working Life & Trades Collection
Primary Classification: MIGRATION
Secondary Classification: Naturalisation & Citizenship
Tertiary Classification: certificates
Inscriptions: Title: Victoria. Letters of Naturalization under the provisions of an act of the Parliament of Victoria, No.1063.
Hand written personal details as follows: Peter Nicora of Kangaroo Flat/Miner/Second April 1897.
Issued To: Peter Nicora, Kangaroo Flat, Bendigo, Victoria, Australia, 2 Apr 1897
Issued By: Government of Victoria, Melbourne, Victoria, Australia, 2 Apr 1897

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