Umberto Eco visited Australia in 1982 to give lectures in Sydney, Melbourne, Brisbane and Perth, mostly related to issues in his Theory of Semiotics (1976) and The Role of the Reader: Explorations in the Semiotics of Texts (1979). His visit is recorded in a plaque in his honour on the Sydney Writers Walk on Circular Quay which quotes his view (in a piece written for L’Espresso, 1982) of the Australia of that time: ‘L’Australia non è solo agli antipodi, è lontana da tutto, talora anche da se stessa‘. Interest in the Pacific appeared from time to time in his writings, from the essay in his first Diario minimo of 1963 (‘Industria e repressione sessuale in una società padana’) to L’isola del giorno prima (1995) and probably beyond. La Repubblica XL has included this scene from Davide Ferrario’s 2015 documentary Umberto Eco, Sulla memoria. Una conversazione in tre parti, in its farewell to a truly extraordinary scholar and public intellectual.