Osaka, Japan (1978)
Melbourne’s first sister city relationship was developed with Osaka in 1978, following the establishment of the sister port relationship between Osaka and Melbourne in 1974. It is one of Melbourne’s most active and productive sister city relationships.Tianjin, China (1980)
The partnership with Tianjin fosters international understanding and goodwill between the two cities and recognises the contributions made by the Chinese community to Melbourne's business, cultural and community life.Thessaloniki, Greece. (1984)
Melbourne has the third largest Greek population in the world. In fact, 47 per cent of Australia’s Greek population live in Melbourne. Australia beat Greece 1-0 in a friendly match before 95,103 fans at the Melbourne Cricket Ground.
Boston, United States. (1985)
Exchange programmes have been set up between Melbourne and Boston. One example is the Melbourne-Boston Medical Research . Coordinated by the Royal Melbourne Hospital with support from the Melbourne Boston Sister Cities Association and the City of Melbourne. We have been able to send a Doctor from Melbourne to Boston through this programme. It enables collaboration and research into the treatment of arthritis and the specialised area of cardiovascular disease in patients with rheumatoid arthritis. These programmes are ongoing.
St Petersburg, Russia. (1989)
There is a large and diverse Russian community living in Melbourne. According to the Russian Ethnic Representative Council of Victoria there are 16,500 people claiming Russian ethnicity and 62,000 Russian speakers living in Melbourne. This figure includes members of the Russian Jewish Community and people originating from countries of the former Soviet Union.
Milan, Italy. (2004)
Melbourne and Milan. Both cities are outward looking and highly creative. We share passions in the areas of fashion, design, education, tourism and sport to name a few. Milan became Melbourne’s newest sister city in March 2004. The relationship acknowledges the vibrant Italian community in Melbourne and the many similarities between Melbourne and Milan.
This is what I love when I go into the city of Melbourne, the diverse range of cultures. We are so lucky to have fresh produce that is indicative of these Cultures at the markets. My favourite salad being Greek Salad, what would I do without my fetta?? I cooked Chinese cuisine for dinner last night, fried rice, dim sims, spring rolls and Soy Sauce, of course. We cook a mean pasta in this house, I am yet to perfect Lasagne ( Garfield, help meee). Russian food, I am not so sure I have tried as yet, but I am open to any offers of teaching me (any naked chef's out there? LOL)
So does your home town have sister cities? If so, which ones? And...does this mean we are kin if you DO live in one of the above mentioned cities? If so..... "G'day mate" and if you ever come down here, come on in and "parkyarass" , we can put the billy on the boil and have a good old chin wag, okay?