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Stanford Fountain

William Stanford designed and carved the fountain during his incarceration at Pentridge Prison. In 1871 the fountain was erected in Carpentaria Place (now Gordons Reserve) for which William received no payments. He used a stuffed eagle-hawk as his model for the birds and the Champ's (Governor of Pentridge) son for the cupid figure.
Stanford Fountain

St Patrick's Cathedral

St Patrick's Cathedral is the cathedral church of the Roman Catholic Archdiocese of Melbourne.

The Church is not always open due to the possibility of misuse, therefore the Church is usually opened at least 30 minutes before Mass begins for people to prepare accordingly.

Sunday Mass

River Fall

Thanks Tekkaus

Thanks to Tekkaus for this award.

Here are the rules:1. List 7 random things about yourself 2. Share the award with up to 15 other bloggers 3. Link to each of the recipients and let them know they've won via comments on their blogs 4. Thank and bring the love back to the person you won the award from by linking back to them.

Ok, here it goes:

7 random facts about myself:

a. I was a teacher. Not anymore as teaching was stressful for me..

b. I love food and travels. I don't mind spending on them..

c. I used to go to the gym but I had stopped since I started working with my husband..

d. I love movies. Nowadays I usually go with my children..

e. I used to play all kinds of games when I was studying. I even played football once. I love volley ball the most..

f. I started using the computers seriously in 1999 when I did my degree in TESL ..

g. I love music too. I played the guitar, recorder and angklung when I was studying. Now I have forgotten how to play them..

I chose randomly too..
1. kay 2. w…

Cooks' Cottage

Captain Cook's Cottage is a cottage rebuilt in the picturesque Fitzroy Gardens to commemorate the voyages of Captain James Cook, discoverer of Australia.

Captain Cook's Cottage was originally built in 1755 in Great Ayton Yorkshire England and purchased in 1933 by Sir Russell Grimwade as a centenary gift to the people and State of Victoria.

When Melbourne celebrated its centenary in 1934 the cottage was moved, brick by brick from Great Ayrton to Melbourne. It was shipped in 253 crates complete with a ivy cutting which had grown on the original building. Today the house is covered by the ivy.

The statue was originally commissioned by the Endeavour Hills Housing Estate. However in 1997 the statue was donated to the City of Melbourne and placed outside Cook's Cottage in July of the same year.
back view of the cottage

a scenic pond behind the cottage

Conservatory in Fitzroy Garden

Diana and the hounds -

fishes in the pond

The Conservatory of Fitzroy Gardens in Melbourne opened in 1930 and has since been used for various displays and shows. It has become a popular tourist attraction in Melbourne, along with Cook's Cottage nearby. The Conservatory has rotating displays of flowers during the year. These include:
Hydrangea / Fuchsia from November - FebruaryTuberous Begonia / Gloxinia from February - AprilTropical / Pointsettia from April - JulyCineraria / Cyclamen from July - SeptemberSchizanthus / Calceolaria from September - Novembersource

Fitzroy Gardens

The Fitzroy Gardens are 26 hectares (64 acres) located on the southeastern edge of the Melbourne Central Business District in East Melbourne.

The most notable feature of the Gardens is the wonderful trees that have been used to line many of the pathways.

a great Australian tree

The Fitzroy Gardens are of historical, aesthetic, architectural, scientific (horticultural) and social significance to the State of Victoria. Why is it significant?

The Fitzroy Gardens are of historical significance as one of a ring of public reserves around Melbourne established in the nineteenth century to provide respite and relaxation for the city's residents. The Fitzroy Gardens have been viewed as the flagship of this group of city gardens, which includes the Flagstaff, Treasury, Carlton and Alexandra Gardens and the Kings Domain. In a statewide context, while not as intact as the Royal Botanic Gardens or the Ballarat Botanical Gardens, the Fitzroy Gardens are an important remnant of the city's ninetee…

Gordon Reserve

In 1888, a statue of Gordon by Hamo Thornycroft was erected in Trafalgar Square, London, removed in 1943, and in 1953, relocated to the Victoria Embankment. An identical statue by Thornycroft is located in Gordon Reserve near Parliament House in Melbourne, Australia (and, in the same reserve is a statue of his relative, Adam Lindsay Gordon). Funded by donations from 100,000 citizens, it was unveiled in 1889.

Adam Lindsay Gordon

Charles George Gordon (back view)

Charles George Gordon (front view)

Charles George Gordon, C.B. (January 28, 1833 – January 26, 1885), known as Chinese Gordon,Gordon Pasha, and Gordon of Khartoum, was a British army officer and administrator. He is remembered for his exploits in China and northern Africa. His death while fighting against the Mahdi of Sudan made him a heroic figure for many in Britain, who saw his life and death within the context of the imperial project that claimed to be civilizing the non-Western world, bringing order and moral standards.

Queen Victoria Market since 1878

The Queen Victoria Market (also known as the Queen Vic Markets or simply as the Queen Vic or "Vic Market") is a major landmark in Melbourne and at around seven hectares (17 acres) is the largest open air market in the Southern Hemisphere. The Market is significant to Melbourne's culture and heritage and has been listed on the Victorian Heritage Register. The Market is named after Queen Victoria who ruled the British Empire, from 1837 to 1901.

Queen Victoria market is open daily except Mondays and Wednesdays.

Market Hours

Ambiance showcase

Ambiance showcase

Another showcase

At the market-the fruits and vegetable sections.

Today, the Market is a major Melbourne tourist destination, offering a variety of fruit and vegetables, meat, poultry and seafood, gourmet and deli foods as well as specialty delicacies. It also has a large non-food related market, selling a diverse range of clothing, shoes, jewellery and handmade art and crafts.

View outside the market