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IAN CHARLES CALDERWOOD
My reversion to Islam – in brief

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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.

In my youth I hadn’t believed in the Trinity and it was that rejection of the Trinity that caused me to eventually reject Christianity and try to find my way through the seemingly endless choices I faced about religion.

I want to stress that it was only by Allah’s Grace (Subhanahu wa ta’ala - Glory be to Him, the Most High)(Tabāraka wa-taʿālā - Blessed and Exalted [is He]); (‘Azza wa-jall - Prestigious and Majestic (is He)] and by His Grace alone that I had questioned the Trinity for years - I make no claim to righteousness.

Obviously, Allah (Subhanahu wa ta’ala - Glory be to Him, the Most High) knew my dilemma about religion, a dilemma that was exacerbated by the fact that I faced some serious crises in my life, and in His Grace, he opened my heart and my mind to the truth, that Islam was the true religion.

After I reverted, I changed my name on the 28th of October 1984 by Deed Poll (registered number M110855) 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 28 OCTOBER 1984 .

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).

The relevant page about deed polls can be found under Law Handbook 1996 Deed Poll.

A copy of my Change of Name Registration form (registered number 80355/1946) can be seen at CHANGE OF NAME 12 MARCH 1992

Ian C. Calderwood:

NEWCASTLE, NSW. 07 May 2022.

LAKEMBA, NSW. 24 February 2023.

UPDATED AT LAKEMBA, NSW on 30 September 23

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