Brisbane's Festival of Immigration (May 31 to June 6, 1959) was one of the most colourful features of the Centenary Year celebrations. The years marked 100 years of self-government for the state. Highlights of the week were a concert by new settlers in the festival hall and a mass Naturalisation ceremony for 629 new citizens in the City Hall. Nearly 300 migrants took part in the concert. Many wore brilliant national costumes. The concert was the most successful ever staged by new settlers in Queensland. The new citizens Naturalised in the City Hall each received a coloured ported of Queen Elizabeth II in addition to their Naturalisation certificates. Nearly 500 photographs of new settlers were displayed in Brisbane stores and offices during the week
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