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About my reversion to Islam - in brief

My name is Ian Charles Calderwood.  I was born in Newcastle, New South Wales, Australia, on the 11th of January 1946, but was raised in Melbourne.

I reverted to Islam as a Sunni Muslim who follows the Hanafi Mazhab (School) in Melbourne in 1983. After I reverted I changed my name on the 28th of October 1984 by Deed Poll in Melbourne from Ian Charles Calderwood to Yahya Abdullah. I lived in Pakistan under that name, working as a journalist for most of the time, from April 1985 until I returned to Melbourne in September 1990.

A copy of the Deed Poll can be seen at DEED POLL CALDERWOOD TO ABDULLAH. It is a submenu of the page headed PERSONAL DOCUMENTS.

For personal reasons I reverted to my former name of Ian Charles Calderwood in Melbourne on the 12th of March 1992. I did so by Change of Name Registration.

The Victorian Government had abolished Deed Polls in October 1986 and introduced a Change of Name Registration form.

Details about the abolition of Deed Polls and the change of name registration system can be found on the Births, Deaths and Marriages Victoria website. The link is Homepage | Births Deaths and Marriages Victoria (bdm.vic.gov.au) .

The Law Handbook 1996, published by the Fitzroy Legal Service, also explains on Page 324 that Deed Polls were abolished in Victoria effective from the 01st of November 1986. It notes: “While you may use a deed poll as evidence of a change of name, you cannot now use a deed poll to administratively register a change of name. With effect from 1 November 1986, a change of name can only be registered by making an application to the Registrar of Births, Deaths and Marriages on the prescribed form . . .”

The Fitzroy Legal Service has provided invaluable support to the disadvantaged in Victoria over the years. The link to the service is Fitzroy Legal Service – Fitzroy Legal Service (fls.org.au).

A copy of the page about deed polls can be found under Law Handbook 1996 Deed Poll – 4.

A copy of my Change of Name Registration form can be see at CHANGE OF NAME ABDULLAH TO CALDERWOOD. The page is a submenu of the page headed PERSONAL DOCUMENTS.

Ian C. Calderwood:

Lakemba, NSW 2195. 16 November 22.

FOR MORE DETAILS ABOUT MY REVERSION TO ISLAM SEE MY PAGE HEADED 'MY REVERSION TO ISLAM - IN DETAIL' ON THIS WEBSITE.