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Cooks' Cottage
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Cooks' Cottage, also known as Captain Cook's Cottage in Fitzroy Gardens in Melbourne, Australia. The house was built in 1755 in the village of Great Ayton in North Yorkshire of Captain James Cook's parents James and Grace Cook. It is uncertain whether James Cook ever lived in the house, but one can say with certainty that he visited his parents who lived in the house.

In 1933 the owner decided to sell the house on the condition that the building remained in England. She was persuaded to extend the condition to also include the British Empire and accepted a bid from Australian Russell Grimwade at 800 pounds instead of the highest local bid of £ 300

The house was taken apart brick for brick and packed in 253 crates and 40 barrels and sent to Australia on board the "Port Dunedin." House original ivy from England were also transported to Australia. Grimwade house donated to the people of Victoria on the occasion of the centenary of the founding of Melbourne in October 1934.

The house quickly became a popular tourist attraction. In 1978, further restoration work performed. Only a small portion of the interior can be traced back to the Cook family.

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