Harry Seidler and the Stuffed-Up Citizenship

Fireplace in Rose Seidler House
(see the rest of the Flickr Set)

Harry Seidler is one of Australia’s foremost architects, who has designed quite a number of Australia’s most important buildings. Only a couple of weeks ago, a group of us went out to see Rose Seidler House, which Seidler built for his mother in 1950. It is a study in Modernity, as you can see from the photo of the fireplace above and was quite shocking to Sydney-siders of the time who were used to Victorian terrace houses or drab closed up brick things.

So it came as a suprise to read that Harry Seidler (who emigrated to Australia from Vienna in the years following WWII, and who has received the Order of Australia) just found out in a rather abrupt way,that he is no longer an Australian citizen. Apparently, it’s something to do with a ceremony in which Austria symbolically reinstated his citizenship – and therefore he automatically lost his Australian citizenship.

The stupid-beyond-belief thing is that the ceremony causing him to lose Australian citizenship occurred 20 years ago, and this is the first he had ever heard about not being Australian.

The incompitance of the Australian Government astounds me sometimes.

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