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Point Cook

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Things to do: museums, parks
Point Cook is a suburb of Melbourne, in the Australian state of Victoria, 25 km (direct distance, 26.5 km actual travel distance) south-west from Melbourne's Central Business District. Its local government area is the City of Wyndham.Point Cook is the home of RAAF Base Williams, Point Cook, the birthplace of the Royal Australian Air Force, and is the current home of the RAAF Museum. The wetlands of the Point Cook Coastal Park form part of the Cheetham and Altona Important Bird Area.The population of Point Cook is growing rapidly and is estimated to reach 50,246 by 2020 and 52,649 by 2028.HistoryEarly settlersPoint Cook was originally spelled Point Cooke, and named in 1836. Almost all references dropped the "e"; however, in the early 2000s the point itself was officially renamed "Point Cooke". Point Cook was named after John M. Cooke, mate of His Majesty's vessel Rattlesnake. Commanded by Captain Hobson, the ship charted part of the Port Phillip bay in 1836.William Drayton Taylor leased the land around Point Cook promontory in 1849. The following year in 1850 Taylor transferred his licence to Alexander Irvine. By March 1852, a six-room weatherboard cottage had been erected.
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