Fitzroy Gardens Melbourne
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Gardens Melbourne is located with the central business district of
Melbourne bordered by Wellington Parade, Landsdowne Street, Albert Street
and Claredon Street. Fitzroy Gardens is 26 hectares of parklands with nice
walking trails, grassed area and a few historical places of interest like
Captain Cooks Cottage.
In 1848 this park land was reserved as public land and they were named Fitzroy Gardens in 1862 - named after Sir Charles Augustus Fitzroy Governor of New South Wales. The Fitzroy Gardens and are now listed on the Victorian Heritage Register. There are some native animals living in the park including brushtail possums, ringtail possums, rainbow lorikeets and microbats.
Model Tudor Village
Within Fitzroy Gardens is a model Tudor Village which was donated by the town of Lambeth England after the people of Melbourne provided gifts of food and clothing after the second world war.
Fitzroy Gardens Conservatory
The Conservatory in Fitzroy Gardens was opened on the 13th March 1930 and contains a beautiful display of plants and flowers. There are 5 separate displays each year within the Conservatory. Entry to the conservatory is free. For more information on the displays at the Conservatory click here.
For more information about the history of Fitzroy Gardens visit the Fitzroy Gardens website
Last updated 9th September 2012
Captain Cook's Cottage
Captain Cook's Cottage is the oldest building in Australia. Captain James Cook was the founder of Australia when he sailed his ship Endeavour in 1770. The cottage was brought out to Australia in 1934 from England after it was donated. The cottage has a traditional English garden with herbs and vegetables. Entree into Captain Cook's Cottage costs $5 for adults and $2.50 for children. $3 for students and pensioners.
Sinclair's Cottage was the home of James Sinclair who was the head gardener of Fitzroy Gardens during the 1860s and 1870s. The cottage is built from polychrome brick and designed in the Italianate pattern book style. The building was used by the caretakers of the gardens until the 1990s.
Fitzroy Gardens Fairy Tree
Right next to the Model Tudor Village is the most loved attraction for children in Fitzroy Gardens - the Ola Cohn's Fairy Tree. Miss Cohn provided the art work on this tree between 1931 until during Victoria's Year 1934. The carvings depict fairies, dwarfs, gnomes, Koalas, flying foxes, kangaroos and other Australian wildlife.
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