Captain Cook’s Cottage
Captain Cook’s Cottage is the former Yorkshire home of the distinguished English navigator’s parents (although the jury is still out on...
The city drops away suddenly just east of Spring St, giving way to Melbourne’s beautiful backyard, the Fitzroy Gardens. The stately...
Recorded Music Salon
All that’s left of the original analogue retailer is the name and signage, but the wooden interior has the warmth of an old LP. This...
Cooks' Cottage information
Cooks' Cottage was shipped from Yorkshire in 253 packing cases and reconstructed in 1934 (the cottage actually belonged to the navigator's parents). Nearby is writer Ola Cohn's equally kooky carved Fairies' Tree . Efforts to preserve the 300-year-old stump, embellished in 1932 with fairies, pixies, kangaroos, emus and possums, include dissuading true believers from leaving notes to the fairies in the tree's hollows. Between Cooks' Cottage and the Fairies' Tree is the Fitzroy Gardens' Scarred Tree (now a stump), which, generations ago, was stripped of a piece of its bark to make a canoe by Aboriginal people. In the centre of the gardens is a 'model' Tudor village . This well-meaning and rather unusual gift was a way of saying thanks for sending food to Britain during WWII.