Old Goverment House, Brisbane
Old Government house holds exhibitions on the first floor. The day I was there, it was a display from the "William Robinson Gallery".
The works on display were Robinson's farmyard paintings from the 'farmyard' period in the early 1970s. Robinson and his family moved to a semi - rural area where they had array of farm animals and family pets, including cows, goats, ducks and chickens, these became the subjects of Robinson's paintings.
"The Farmyards" display the artist's whimsical take on his environment. I found he had quite a unique painting style, perhaps figurative, humurous and full of expression! I doubt if it would be every-ones taste, but obviously a lot of people like the style of this Queensland born Artist as he is considered one of Australia’s foremost living artists.
His self-portraits were awarded the Archibald Prize in 1987 and 1995.
Entry into Old Government House is on the Brisbane River side of the building. A receptionist is there who will give you a visitor guide to the building. I found it full of detailed, interesting information.
My disappointment was, all but one room of the house is un-furnished, so we were looking at bare rooms with only light fittings. I wished they had furnished it, even with furniture on loan like they have done at other heritage sites. I could work out where I was by the map, even if you haven't the map, on the wall is a plaque with the name of the room.
The GOVERNOR'S LIBRARY WAS THE ONLY FURNISHED ROOM, and it did look good decked out in the old furniture.
As there wasn't a lot to see, it didn't take long to look around Old Government House.
I imagine taking one of the FREE TOURS would be interesting and you may hear some stories.
ADMISSION IS FREE
OPENING HOURS 10 - 4PM SUNDAY - FRIDAY
Old Government House caters for visitors in wheelchairs
Stop 11 on the Reflections of the river heritage trail
A competition was held to find the winning design, then construction began in October 1860. The building is built in Helidon sandstone which is known for not absorbing the fumes etc, that turn sandstone into horrible dark grey or black stone! The building was recently restored and cleaned and looks as pretty as a picture! I loved the clean sandstone, all the columns, the arcaded verandahs and other elements of the building.
Old Government House is a Heritage listed site, home to Queensland’s first Governor, Sir George Bowen. He took up residence in May 1862 and was delighted with his new home, calling it “handsome”, “commodious” and “beautifully situated”. Its location high on the promontory at Gardens Point made it an impressive sight for visitors and immigrants arriving by ship.
I am sure you will be impressed with its grand design as much as I was!
Governor Bowen was the first of 11 governors to live in the House over its 48 years of service as a vice-regal residence. During these years, four children were born, two governors died. During the time the Governors lived here, magnificent balls, receptions, dinners and garden parties took place.
Eventually, in 1909, it was decided the house was too small, so it closed and the new Governor's now live in Fernberg Government House.
FREE 1 HOUR guided tours on Tuesday, Wednesday, and Thursday mornings.
FREE TO WANDER ON YOUR OWN.
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Tuesday 10.30 am
Wednesday 10.30 am
Thursday 10.30 am
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Located between the Queensland Institute of Technology and the Brisbane River, Old Government House was built in 1862 when the population of Brisbane was a mere 6,000 people. A Classical Revival building it was designed by Charles Tiffin, built of porphyry and sandstone, and constructed between 1860-62.
It remained the Governor's official residence until 1910 after which it was used as the first building of the University of Queensland.
Over the years the building has been subjected to a number of additions - upper verandah (1873), billiard room (1899) and southwest balcony (1906).
Old Government House is currently used as the offices for the National Trust of Queensland. Apart from a range of publications the National Trust also have a comprehensive listing of churches, old buildings, historic sites and landmarks throughout Brisbane.