Not long after Nelson Mandela was released from Robben Island in 1990, some enterprising schoolboys from Melbourne wrote to invite him to their city. Accepting the invitation as part of an international tour he made after his release, he was granted Freedom of the City, the highest honour Melbourne can bestow. It’s perhaps testament to this relationship that a major exhibition celebrating the centenary of Mandela’s birth will open at Melbourne Museum this month. 

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