The Friendship Agreement between Mosman and Paciano originated in 1992 from a suggestion by Mr Geoffrey Luck, a former Mosman resident who moved to Paciano. Whales and whaling are a common link between the two localities, with Mosman’s early history as a whaling station, and Paciano’s establishment of a museum to house a collection on whale and dolphin research.
In November 1998 the (then) Mayor of Mosman visited Paciano to sign the Friendship Agreement between the two communities. Anybody travelling to Italy is encouraged to visit this historic hilltop village with the guarantee that they will receive a very warm welcome.
Post Cards from Mosman is an exhibition created by local photographer, Graham Monro, which includes 60 colour and black and white photographs, which reveal the natural and built environments of Mosman, the people who live in the area and their way of life. The exhibition was created for the Australia China Cultural Exchange Project, which was sent to Mudanjiang, China in August 2004 to celebrate the Friendship Agreement between the City of Mudanjiang and Mosman. The images in the exhibition were recorded on CD-ROM and sent to Paciano as the inaugural cultural exchange project between the two communities. The CD-ROM gives the people of Paciano an insight into life in Mosman.
Paciano participated in The Art of Friendship exhibition at the Mosman Art Gallery in 2008. A photographer and resident of Paciano named Tim Holt represented the community with a selection of images that depicted the town and picturesque rural landscape of the area. When nearing Paciano driving through the Umbrian landscape, on a rise in the road before the hill town itself, there is a large sign bearing Mosman Council’s crest and proudly proclaiming the Friendship relationship.
Images of Paciano
Copyright Dr Noel Wilton, November 2004