… well, technically it hasn’t been ‘portals of the week’ lately, seeing as the last entry in this series was quite a while ago! This week’s portal is Captain Cooks’ Cottage:
Captain Cooks’ Cottage (also known as Cooks’ Cottage) sits in Melbourne’s Fitzroy Gardens:
Cooks’ Cottage was built in 1755 in Great Ayton in North Yorkshire, by the parents of James Cook. There does not appear to be any official evidence showing that James himself lived in the cottage.
The information below has been taken from the Wikipedia entry for Cooks’ Cottage:
In 1933 the owner of the cottage decided to sell it with a condition of sale that the building remain in England. She was persuaded to change “England” to “the Empire”, and accepted an Australian bid of £800, by Russell Grimwade as opposed to the highest local offer of £300.
The cottage was deconstructed brick by brick and packed into 253 cases and 40 barrels, for shipping on board the Port Dunedin from Hull. Cuttings from ivy that adorned the house were also taken and planted when the house was re-erected in Melbourne. Grimwade, a notable businessman and philanthropist, donated the house to the people of Victoria for the centenary anniversary of the settlement of Melbourne in October 1934.
The cottage immediately became a popular tourist attraction. In 1978 further restoration work was carried out on the cottage. An English cottage garden has been established around the house, further adding to its period reconstruction. Very few of the items in the house are from the Cook family, but all are representative furnishings of the period.
In the Fitzroy Gardens, you’ll find more portals, one being the Conservatory (photo strategically taken to avoid including work utes):
The Fitzroy Gardens are popular with families because of the model Tudor village and the Fairy Tree:
Grab a picnic, grab your scanner and enjoy!
Previous Portals of the Week: https://melbourneenlightened.wordpress.com/category/portals-of-the-week/