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Built in 1775 in Great Ayton Yorkshire England, the building was purchased in 1933 by Sir Russell Grimwade as a centenary gift to the people and State of Victoria.
Rebuilt in the picturesque Fitzroy Gardens to commemorate the voyages of Captain James Cook, discoverer of Australia.
When Melbourne celebrated its centenary in 1934 the cottage was moved, brick by brick, from Great Ayrton in Yorkshire. It was shipped in 253 crates, complete with a cutting from the ivy which had grown on the original building. Today the house is covered by the ivy.