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MAGNIFICENT GOVERNMENT HOUSE
Still on St. George's Terrace, I stop to look through the fence at the magnificent Government House. I'm afraid this is all you can do, as Government House is only open to the public on minimal occasions. Still, you would be silly to walk straight past, as from the fence there are really good views of the heritage listed building that took from 1859 to 1864 to be built mainly by convicts.
When the Swan River Colony was established in 1829, the first governor, Captain James Stirling and his family were housed in tents in the area of Stirling Gardens and Supreme Court. Other Governors lived in a temporary wooden building until the Government House I was viewing today was completed, as such, most didn't make this their home!
The building is in contrast to other historic buildings in Perth, as it's a two storey mansion in the early Stuart or Jacobean Revival style, quite unique! The building has 16 rooms on the ground floor and 25 on the first floor and is surrounded by large English gardens between St. Georges Terrace and the Swan River.
What is great, is the Grounds of Government House are open to the public every Tuesday, Wednesday, and Thursday between 12.00 noon and 2.00 pm.
Check the website for some photos of the interior.
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Government House is the official home of the Governor of Western Australia. The house is quite impressive; it looks as if it was transported from some English countryside town. The house was built in the mid 1800's and is listed on Western Australian Register of Heritage Places.
The grounds look beautiful with large trees and flowers. We saw many gardeners that day tending to the property; which in the heat mucst take alot of work to maintain.
This is the second Government House built in Perth and it is quite impressive within the setting of the English style gardens. The design as been described as ‘Jacobean Mansion Revival’ with its arches and turrets and the building was completed in 1864 after 5 years of construction. This is one of Perth early buildings which was built by convict labour. The first Government House was a hut which was built in 1834 for Governor Stirling close to the present site. Often when it rained, the Governor would use an umbrella while answering his official correspondence. That building was torn down during the 1880’s. Government House is the official residence of the Governor of Western Australia.
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