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Cooks' Cottage in Fitzroy Garden

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I am a world traveller & a mom of two, (8 & 6). I love to meet people, and am fascinated that there are 7 billion stories out there to be explored. I think Melbourne is the most happening city to live in with all the fun activities around town.
Published October 30th 2015
Welcome back in time
Do you know that the oldest building in Australia is located in Melbourne? In Fitzroy Garden to be exact?
Do you also know that the oldest building in Australia was not originally built in Australia?

If you haven't already guessed, we are talking about Cooks' Cottage which is a popular place to visit on the tourist's itinerary.

More than anything else, it is the history of this little cottage that makes it a curious case. It was built in approximately 260 years ago, in 1755 to be exact, in Yorkshire, England.



The two-storey cottage belonged to the parents of Captain James Cook, a famous British explorer, navigator and sailor, who is attributed as having discovered the east coast of Australia.

It was in 1934, when a wealthy Melbournian by the name of Sir Russell Grimwade purchased the cottage and decided to present it to Victoria as its 100 year birthday gift. Transporting the cottage from England to Australia was a feat, but it was managed by numbering each brick individually and packing them in barrels which were then shipped.



Today the delightful cottage is a historical monument and a tribute to the great explorer. Inside, the visitor gets a glance into the past, where the antiques are preserved as they would have appeared in circa 1755.



The English gardens that surround the garden are a delight to explore. Visitors and children get an opportunity to dress in the 18th century costumes and travel back to a time we read about in books. Also available is the opportunity to pose for a quick selfie with volunteers who are dressed in costumes and answer your questions with much gusto.
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Why? To travel back in time
When: Daily from 9am to 5pm (except Christmas Day)
Phone: 9658 9658
Where: Fitzroy Gardens
Cost: General entry: Adults $6.20 Concession* $4.50 Children (5-15 years) $3.20 Family (2 adults, 2 children) $17 Groups (8 or more): Adults $3.60, Children $2.40
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