By BELINDA F SCOTT
AUSTRALIA Day has a special meaning for Muriel Lord.
Coffs Harbour CWA's publicity officer arrived in Australia on January 26, 1968.
The CWA is an icon of life in the bush, but first-generation migrants like Mrs Lord and Coffs Harbour CWA president Joan Purkiss have made their mark in it, as they have in many other quintessentially Australian organisations.
"When we first landed in Australia, the man from the bank and all the people we met in the first few days were from overseas ? Italian, British, Czech, so I said to my husband: 'how long do we have to be here before we meet any Australians?' " Mrs Lord said. "I've spent the past 39 years telling Australians they don't know how lucky they are."
Today, as on every Australia Day for many years, the CWA will be welcoming visitors to its Dalley Street centre with a flag-raising at 10am, followed by morning tea ? including scones and damper with golden syrup ? as well as music from the Sing Australia choir, musician Alan Tyrrell and boy soprano Luke Wright.
Everyone is welcome to attend.