Cook’s Cottage, which dates back to 1755, has the distinction as the oldest building in Australia. It was built by the parents of Captain James Cook, the discoverer of Australia, in Yorkshire, England. Sir Russell Grimwade purchased the cottage in 1933, and bestowed it as a centenary gift to the state of Victoria. It was transported brick by brick from Great Ayton to Melbourne. The ivy cutting on the original building was survived the voyage intact. The ivy-covered is furnished with period pieces, and a herb garden flourishes outside.
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