The founding father of the nation of Australia, Captain James Cook is most obviously the centre of attention when it comes to any museum or historical relic in Australia…apart from the aborigines of course. This little cottage that is located in Fitzroy Gardens is said to be a place of importance which links to the great captain himself.
The cottage looks like a piece of history from Yorkshire has been placed in Melbourne which is quite true. Notice the name of the cottage? Cooks’ Cottage, the apostrophe lies in a position which means that it belonged to not only just one member of the family, but it is said to have been the residence of the captain’s parents whom he would visit once in a while.
Captain James Cook
This is a character that seems almost mythical, but in fact, is very real and the founder of the great continent of Australia. He discovered the east coast first and immediately claimed the land to be under British rule. The locals deem Captain James Cook to be the hero of the country and so there is much excitement when it comes to the topic of this little cottage.
A bit of history
It is said that Captain Cook lived in Great Ayton in Yorkshire England. Several sketches of his parents’ cottage back in England have been created by an artist named George Cuit in 1788. The cottage is the original homeland of the hero shows certain similarities with the one in Melbourne.
How to get there
May you be a traveller exploring the city or a local who is simply curious about your country’s history, Cooks’ Cottage is one of the go-to Melbourne city attractions. Just a 10-minute drive away from Avani Central Melbourne Residences, it is located in Wellington Parade, East Melbourne.