Official portrait of Captain James Cook (Photo credit: Wikipedia)
MELBOURNE, Australia — Activists have sprayed graffiti on the historic home of the 18th century British explorer Capt. James Cook to protest against Australia's national day.
The stone walls of the two-story building known as Cook's Cottage in Melbourne were painted Thursday night with slogans such as "26th Jan Australia's shame."
The family cottage was dismantled and relocated in 1934 to Melbourne, Australia's second largest city, where it has become a museum and popular tourist attraction. The Melbourne city council describes it as Australia's oldest building.
City workers began cleaning off the paint on Friday, and police were investigating.
Detective Senior Constable Scott Gray said it was the third graffiti attack on the building since Australia Day last year. He did not know if the attacks were linked.
"Coming so close to Australia Day ... it's quite disturbing that people can do this," Gray told reporters.