Point Cook

Some land is good for pastoral pursuits, some for industry or mining. But the land to the south of Altona and Laverton was largely a series of salt pans, good for only two thing: flattening out still further to make airstrips, and cooking. Thus it was that the original home of the RAAF – and the site of the first flight of an aircraft in Australia – was Point Cook (although due to the public stature of the first pilot, there was some suggestion that it be named Point Houdini instead; the great man escaped from that fate with his usual grace).

Point Cook was not named, as many assume, after Captain James Cook. For a start, he never got anywhere near the place (the closest he came to Victoria was at its eastern extremity, at Point Hicks, which was also not named after him). It was in fact named for the cook on board the Enterprize, the ship that carried John Pascoe Fawkner to Melbourne – a man whose actual name is lost to history, although it is known that he was a Scotsman. The night before Fawkner and his fellows made landfall in Melbourne, they anchored off the point, and enjoyed a hearty meal of roasted rattlesnake with copious salting (the snakes being the only livestock on the boat they deemed expendable, and the salt being the only thing brought back by the foraging party that went ashore at the Point).

Perhaops it is this meal that explains why Johns Fawkner and Batman never got along: on their first meeting, one was suffering from dehydration and food poisoning, and the other from syphillis. Which is why these pieces are not collectively titled “The Truth About Batmania”.

Suburbs near Point Cook:

Hoppers Crossing Williams Landing Seabrook Altona Meadows Port Phillip Bay
Werribee Point Cook Point Cook Altona Meadows Port Phillip Bay
Werribee Point Cook Point Cook Point Cook Port Phillip Bay
Werribee South Point Cook Port Phillip Bay Port Phillip Bay Port Phillip Bay
Werribee South Port Phillip Bay Port Phillip Bay Port Phillip Bay Port Phillip Bay