Government House, Perth

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Government House in Perth, the state capital of Western Australia, Australia, is the official residence of the Governor of Western Australia and was built between 1859 and 1864. The buildings and gardens are listed on the Western Australian Register of Heritage Places and are open to the public from time to time.

Government House, Perth, Australia
Government House, Perth, Australia

The building is a two storey mansion in the early Stuart or Jacobean Revival style set on 32,000 square metres of English gardens in the centre of the Perth business district, between St. Georges Terrace and the Swan River. The unique architectural character of the building is characterised by the use of stonework and bonded brickwork, incorporating square mullioned windows, decorated gables and ogival capped turrets.

Government House, Perth, Australia
Government House, Perth, Australia

Following the establishment of the Swan River Colony in 1829, the first governor Captain James Stirling and his family were initially housed in tents on a site near the corner of Barrack Street and St Georges Terrace, known today as Stirling Gardens and Supreme Court Gardens. In 1832 a temporary wooden building was constructed on the same site and used until the so-called original Government House was built a short distance away near the present-day site between 1834 and 1835.

Government House, Perth, Australia
Government House, Perth, Australia

This building served successive governors until work began on the new present-day Government House, for which the foundation stone was laid on 17 March 1859. Built at a cost of £15,000 largely by convicts, Governor John Hampton took up residence in 1863, prior to its completion in 1864. In the 1890s, a ballroom was added, designed by or under the direction of government architect, Hillson Beasley who designed a number of other public buildings in the city.

Government House, Perth, Australia
Government House, Perth, Australia

Open Days provide the public with an opportunity to explore and experience part of their cultural heritage. Musical entertainment in the Ballroom and Grounds is provided on a voluntary basis by a number of bands, choirs and music groups. If you are a member of a music group and would like to be involved in future Open Days please contact Government House.

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