Happy 20th Birthday to the opening of the Embassy (Canberra) and Consulates –General of the Republic of Croatia in Australia!
On 26th February 1993 the Australian-Croatian community gathered in multitudes in the Capital city of Australia – Canberra – to drive the Croatian flagpoles into the soil where the Croatian Embassy was opened. Housed in leased accommodation only for a short while, until the “castle” – the gift from Australian Croatians, is built in O’Malley.
On 28th February 1993 Official celebrations of the opening of Croatian diplomatic and consular missions kicked off at the Sydney Entertainment Centre, to be followed by celebrations in Melbourne and Perth. I personally coordinated the celebrations’ programs, and while some may have forgotten the great gift Croatians living in Australia had bestowed upon the government of the independent Republic of Croatia, I take enormous pride in remembering the thousands upon thousands of individuals who donated (gifted) their hard earned money, and worked hard out of and for love, to see the Embassy built, to see the purchase and equipping of premises for Consulates-General have a dignified start in Australia.
This Happy 20th Birthday is for the Croatian diplomatic and consular missions in Australia as well as for all the people who through selfless dedication and sacrifice gave Croatia a home in Australia, the likes of which are most rare. Amazing gift! Amazing love! Ina Vukic, Prof. (Zgb); B.A., M.A.Ps. (Syd)
Dr. Franjo Tudjman in his letter thanked Australian Croatians and supported their intention to raise funds for the purchase or building of premises for Croatian diplomatic and consular missions in Australia.