Thursday, 26 July 2007

Sister City Marker: Molineaux Point, Port Botany

Commemorating the sister ports relationship between Sydney Ports Corporation and Yokkaichi Port Authority, Japan.

Sister City relationships are fairly popular around the world. Apparently they were begun by the Eisenhower administration in the US in 1952.

Sydney City Council has sister city relationships with San Francisco (1968); Nagoya, Japan (1982); Welllington, New Zealand (1982); Portsmouth, UK (1984); Guangzhou, China (1985) and Florence, Italy (1986).

Local government areas also have sister cities. Where I live, we are sisters with Takeo, Cambodia; Tanggu, China; Bitola, Macedonia; Glyfada, Greece; Rockdale, Texas, USA; Bint Jbail, Lebanon; Yamatsuri, Japan and Gilgandra, a country town in NSW. I don't know that these relationships confer any special benefits other than a warm inner glow and trips for local dignitaries!

Do you know of any Sister City relationships your city has?


  1. Beautiful photo, Sally. I had no idea about Boston's sister cities so I googled and this is what I found:

    Barcelona, Cataluna, Spain

    Hangzhou, Zhejiang Province (China)

    Kyoto, Japan

    Melbourne, Australia

    Padua, Veneto, Italy

    Sekondi-Takoradi, Ghana

    Strasbourg, Alsace, France

    Taipei Municipality, Taiwan

    Thanks to your neat topic I learned something very interesting today. :)

    Take care.

  2. Thanks for the link fenix. It's interesting, but incomplete. It only lists San Francisco for Sydney, but there are many more.

    I found out mine by goign to the websites of the local councils in question (Sydney, and my local council, Rockdale).


  3. Just two days out, and look what I was missing: wonderful pictures as always!
    Lisbon sister cities, according to Wiki:
    Akhisar, Turkey
    Athens, Greece
    Bissau, Guinea-Bissau
    Brasilia, Brazil
    Buenos Aires, Argentina
    Budapest, Hungary
    Cacheu, Guinea-Bissau
    Jersey City, New Jersey, United States
    Luanda, Angola
    Macau, People's Republic of China
    Madrid, Spain
    Malacca, Malaysia
    Maputo, Mozambique
    Montreal , Canada
    Nicosia, Cyprus
    Paris, France
    Praia, Cape Verde
    Rabat, Morocco
    Rio de Janeiro, Brazil
    São Paulo, Brazil
    São Tomé, São Tomé and Príncipe
    Zagreb, Croatia
    None from Provence, still my subject at Blogtrotter!

  4. Hi, Sally. I wouldn't expect to see a torii gate in Sydney any more that I would here in St. Louis. Although, come to think of it, there may be one in our Japanese garden. Odd that yours isn't red-orange, like they are usually.

    We have a long list of sister cities, but not as many as Lisbon. The list includes:

    Bologna, Italy
    Galway, Ireland
    Bogor, Indonesia
    Lyon, France
    Nanjing, China
    Saint-Louis, Senegal
    Samara, Russia
    Stuttgart, Germany
    Suwa, Japan
    Szczecin, Poland
    Suwa, Japan
    Yokneam Illit, Israel

    The only one of these I have visited is Galway. Never heard of several of them. Lots of world to see.

    I think it's really strange that Lisbon is paired with Jersey City. They couldn't be more different - I'd take Lisbon every time, except that Jersey City has killer views of lower Manhattan across the Hudson River.

  5. Surprenante cette sculpture en hommage aux villes jumelées. J'avais fait un post sur les villes jumelées d'Evry

    Surprising this sculpture in homage to the twin towns. I had made a post on the twin towns of Evry

    Mes Posts on the twin twons

  6. We don't have sister cities here, but where I live is twinned with Guterslough in Germany. I don't personally get anything out of it, but the local councilors get free trips there & local schools go on visits. A lot of towns across england are twinned with other European towns.

  7. I like your photograph. I guess I have not seen a Tori made from stainless steel before. What is the significance of the numbers at the bottom?

    Abraham Lincoln
    Brookville Daily Photo
    My Website

  8. Abe, it shows the latitude and longitude of the two ports. You can see a full view of the monumnet here:

  9. I think NYC has many sister cities. Tokyo might be one of them. Will look it up.

  10. i hope manila and sydney will be sister city too. anyway thats a very nicve view...

  11. No sister cities with Joensuu, but Kuopio, near Joensuu, has one sister city and it is Minneapolis in Minnesota.
    Quite new thing to me!!
    Fine to know also this :)

    Have a great time, Sally!

  12. Usual interesting questions Sally. Torino has below sister cities relationship:
    Bacau - Romania
    Córdoba - Argentina
    Liegi - Belgium
    Campo Grande - Brasil
    Chambéry - France
    Colonia - Germany
    Lille - France
    Volgograd - Russia
    Rotterdam - Netherland
    Detroit - USA
    Gaza - Palestina
    Haifa - Israel (still ti definte)
    Nagoya - Japan
    Quetzaltenango - Guatemala
    Shenyang - China
    Salt Lake City - USA
    Glasgow - Scotland
    Esch-sur-Alzette - Luxembourg

  13. So, fabrizio, seeing as both Sydney and Torino are sisters of Nagoya, does that make us sisters-in-law, or sisters once removed, or step-sisters or half sisters???

  14. its a great idea, we have a sister city too, can't recall which one, which is very slack of me

  15. French towns and even villages are very big on sistership - almost all have sistership places somewhere in Europe.