Fitzroy Gardens

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One of the attractive features of Melbourne were the extensive public parks and gardens in the city centre. Fitzroy Gardens, on the south eastern edge of the Central Business District is one of them. The park was created in the mid 19th Century on what had previously been swamp land just north of the Yarra river. It’s named after Sir Charles Augustus Fitzroy who was Governor of New South Wales (1846-1851).

It’s laid out like a British park with lawns, tree lined pathways, fountains and flower beds – although the plants are somewhat different from what we’d find in Britain.

One of the avenues is lined with magnificent elm trees – a rare sight in Britain due to native trees being savaged by Dutch Elm Disease. Unfortunately I neglected to take a photograph 😦

But here’s a few shots I did take

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