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Albi

AlbiAlbi – Midi-Pyrénées, France Historical Sister City relationship established in 1988 Population: 52,500 Area: 44.26 km²

Albi is a medieval town located on the River Tam in southern France, and is the birthplace of Jean-François de Galaup, Comte de Lapérouse. Albi has conserved its rich architectural heritage which encapsulates the various brilliant periods of its history. Among many other famous buildings, Albi is the home to the Musée Toulouse-Lautrec, dedicated mainly to the work of the painter Henri de Toulouse-Lautrec who was also born near Albi. It opened in 1922 and is located in Palais de la Berbie, an imposing fortress completed at the end of the 13th century. The museum houses over 1,000 works by Toulouse-Lautrec, which is the largest collection in the world. The museum was funded by a donation by Toulouse-Lautrec’s mother after his death in 1901. Randwick City’s connection with Albi dates to January 1788 when Lapérouse landed in Botany Bay, just west of Bare Island, on 24 January, 1788. This was only six days after the arrival of Governor Phillip and the First Fleet. Lapérouse was on a scientific expedition on behalf of King Louis XVI of France, using the maps created by Captain Cook in 1770. The Lapérouse expedition stayed in Botany Bay for six weeks building a stockade, observatory and garden. In an enduring mystery his ship vanished on its return journey to France, believed to have been shipwrecked, and he was never heard from again. Traces from of what is believed to be Lapérouse’s two frigates, La Boussole and L’Astrolabe, have been found near Vanikoro in the Solomon Islands. The suburb of La Perouse in Randwick City, close to the site in Botany Bay where Lapérouse landed in 1788, now carries his name.  Further information about the Lapérouse legacy.

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