Old Goverment House, Brisbane

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    Old Government House
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    REFLECTIONS OF THE RIVER - STOP 11

    by balhannah Updated Feb 21, 2013

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    OLD GOVERNMENT HOUSE

    A Heritage listed site, this was the home of Queensland's Governors for the 1st 50 years.
    When the colony of Queensland was established in 1859, Sir George Bowen was appointed the 1st Governor. When he arrived, he was given the best house available until the new one was built, which is the one the photos are of.
    This Government house was completed in 1862 at a cost of 17,000 pounds. The house took 18months to build, and includes lovely sandstone, Red Cedar and Hoop Pine. This was an official state office for 11 Governors.
    Over time, the house became too small, so, in 1909, it was decided a new house to be built, this was "Fernberg" which is located in another part of Brisbane and used by the Governors of today.
    The Museum has a range of displays and interactive exhibits located in what was once the private drawing room. A touch-screen provides information on each of Queensland’s first 11 governors and the key decisions they made affecting the early development of our state.
    Hope you aren't afraid of Ghost's, as the ghost of Governor Musgrave, who died in the House, guides you around the rooms.

    FREE 1 HOUR guided tours on Tuesday, Wednesday, and Thursday mornings.

    Places are limited and bookings are essential.
    Tour Times
    Tuesday 10.30 am
    Wednesday 10.30 am
    Thursday 10.30 am

    Call 07 3138 8005 or email ogh.enquiries@qut.edu.au

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    • Historical Travel
    • Architecture

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    Old Goverment House - Governor's residence

    by Jerelis Updated Apr 4, 2011

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    Front entrance of the Old Government House.

    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.

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    Old Government House - National Trust of QLD.

    by Jerelis Updated Apr 4, 2011
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    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.

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    • Castles and Palaces

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