First Post Office Site

First Post Office Site (HMWZ1)

Location: Melbourne, FL 32901 Brevard County
Country: United States of America

N 28° 4.709', W 80° 36.008'

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Here at what was once known as Hatterman's Point, in the early years, John Cornthwaite Hector settled and had a store built, completed in 1880 by carpenter U. D. Henderson of Eau Gallie.

Hector was described as "tall, heavy-set, with white hair and a great square beard. He was strong as a bull." Most of the time he wore a ridiculous bowler on his head. This was influenced, undoubtedly, by his British origin.

In 1878, when Hector first appeared in the area, he was about 43 years old. He migrated here from Melbourne Australia, where it was reported he had deserted a common-law wife and five children.

Hector is credited with organizing the first community band in Melbourne, and became Melbourne first postmaster.
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HM NumberHMWZ1
Series This marker is part of the Postal Mail and Philately series
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Date Added Friday, October 17th, 2014 at 3:48am PDT -07:00
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Locationbig map
UTM (WGS84 Datum)17R E 539287 N 3105960
Decimal Degrees28.07848333, -80.60013333
Degrees and Decimal MinutesN 28° 4.709', W 80° 36.008'
Degrees, Minutes and Seconds28° 4' 42.54" N, 80° 36' 0.48" W
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Area Code(s)321
Closest Postal AddressAt or near 2205-2277 Front St, Melbourne FL 32901, US
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