Celebrating 50 years of friendship

Whitehorse News - May 2021

Whitehorse and the City of Matsudo, Japan mark 50 years of friendship on 12 May this year.

Whitehorse and Matsudo will join together virtually in celebration of the 50th anniversary of the sister city relationship between the two cities. Council also produced a history publication to commemorate the significant milestone.

The relationship began in May 1971, making the Whitehorse-Matsudo Sister City relationship the longest running Victorian sister city relationship and one of the longest running in Australia.

Whitehorse Councillor Mark Lane said a sister city relationship provides an important link between communities or cities in different parts of the world.

“These relationships provide friendship and awareness of different cultures and perspectives, which all contribute to building strong international links. Our relationship with Matsudo has supported the ongoing exchange of ideas, people and resources in cultural, educational and sporting activities, for the benefit of all involved,” Cr Lane said.

The Fifty Years of Friendship historical publication will be available to read online later in the month.

Mayor Thomas Thorpe with Mayor Masuo Miyama planting gingko trees at Box Hill Town Hall in 1979
Mayor Thomas Thorpe with Mayor Masuo Miyama planting gingko trees at Box Hill Town Hall in 1979. Box Hill Historical Society.