Monday Mystery Photo – Where in the World Are We?

Franklin Roosevelt Statue

Where in the World would you find this statue of Franklin Roosevelt? Not really where you would expect!

Last week’s picture:Cook's cottage, Melbourne, Australia

Where did we find this quaint cottage?

LeDrakenoir guessed England and in a way, that is correct. This cottage was the former home of Captain James Cook, British explorer and naval officer who discovered the eastern coast of Australia. Often erroneously regarded as having discovering the entire continent of Australia, Cook,  in fact,  only sailed along the eastern coast of Australia, in 1770. Actually the “.. theory of Portuguese discovery of Australia claims that early Portuguese navigators were the first Europeans to sight Australia between 1521 and 1524, well before the arrival of Dutch navigator Willem Janszoon in 1606 on board the Duyfken who is generally considered to be the discoverer.” (Source: Wiki)

The cottage in fact, is located in Melbourne, Australia and was relocated, in 1933, brick by individual brick, from Yorkshire, England where it was built, in 1755.  For 800 pounds, a Melbourne philanthropist, Russell Grimwade decided to purchase and ship the cottage as a centennial gift for the city of Melbourne. Amazing generosity….

To move the cottage, it had to be dismantled and then each brick numbered, put into 253 cases and 40 barrels crates and shipped to Melbourne, where it arrived in April 1934. The cottage was then rebuilt in the heritage-listed Fitzroy Gardens and opened to the public on 15 October 1934. (Source:http://www.thatsmelbourne.com.au/Placestogo/CooksCottage/Pages/History.aspx)

Today it is still the oldest building in Australia! Amazing that Cook and his home both made the perilous journeys over the world’s oceans unscathed!

Something we could ponder about this day.

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About Forestwoodfolk

Scandinavian culture, literature and traditions are close to my heart, even though I am Australian. I have Scandinavian, Frisian and Prussian/Silesian ancestry and for that reason, I feel a connection with that part of the world. I am an avid Nordic Crime fiction reader, and enjoy photography, writing and a variety of cooking and crafts, and traditional decorative art forms. Politically aware and egalitarian by nature, I have a strong environmental bent.
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