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The various styles of buildings on the Boston skyline.Melbourne and Boston are vibrant knowledge cities connected by a common commitment to excellence in health care and medicine, information and biotechnology, education, arts and culture and the sister city relationship has built on this foundation.

The moves to form a sister city relationship with Boston gained momentum when organisers of Victoria’s 150th anniversary identified Boston as the American city with which it would be most appropriate for Melbourne to form such a relationship.

In March 1985, representatives from Boston attended one of several special Council Meetings organised during Victoria’s 150th anniversary celebrations. The official signing of documents to establish the sister city relationship took place in Boston on 7 November 1985..

About Boston

As one of the oldest cities in the United States, Boston has many attributes in common with Melbourne. Central Boston
has a population of more than 600,000 city residents and, like Melbourne’s, it rises dramatically during the day with workers,
shoppers and visitors boosting numbers. There are more than 3 million people residing in the greater Boston region, many of
whom migrated during the city’s early years. Boston is a major seaport, capital of the state of Massachusetts and is the historical, cultural, commercial and industrial centre of New England.

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Boston is represented by the Bunker Hill Monument, with the green leaf representing Melbourne’s famous parks and gardens.



Melbourne-Boston activities

Star Wars: Where Science Meets Imagination
4 June to 3 November 2009, SCIENCEWORKS

Discover the science behind the Star Wars films at a new exhibition to feature at SCIENCEWORKS.

Star Wars: Where Science Meets Imagination, presented by Bose Corporation, was developed by the Boston Museum of Science.


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