Rochester resident Thomas Collins received his Australian citizenship last week.By Elaine Cooney
Rochester resident Thomas Collins received his Australian citizenship last week.
Mr Collins has been in the country for eight years, but has just finally found a place to call home in Rochester.
Hailing from rolling green hills in the Cotswolds in England, Mr Collins said Rochester had a similar feel — albeit without the hills.
Mr Collins met his Australian wife Tash in a UK nightclub called Jumping Jacks.
He fell in love with the Australian woman and knew she was not going to stay in England forever.
‘‘She said ‘I’m going back to Australia, do you want to tag along?’,’’ he said.
In May 2005, the couple moved in with Tash’s parents in Pearcedale.
When they had their son Jack in 2011, they decided to move to the country.
Mr Collins found a job with the CMV automotive group — the company responsible for maintaining Murray Goulburn’s tankers — last year.
He grew up on a dairy farm and now enjoys living being surrounded by cows and canola at Rochester.
‘‘I never really felt at home in Melbourne, but this feels like home,’’ he said.
‘‘It just suits me.’’
‘‘I’ve always been quite a laid back fella and England was becoming too much of a rat race,’’ he said.
He said becoming an Australian was a ‘‘big thing’’ and the citizenship ceremony made him feel welcome.
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