This was my first time to enter a functioning Government House in Australia, a house with great history and significance to the state government and to the public, because it is now open for public viewing.
The Government House located in the Domain and overlooking the Royal Botanic Gardens and Sydney Opera House, is the most sophisticated example of a Gothic Revival building in New South Wales. The ground floor State rooms have an outstanding collection of 19th and 20th century furnishings and decoration. History states that the upstairs rooms have been used as the private quarters for the Governor, Queen Elizabeth and other members of the royal family and visiting heads of State.
We were about twenty people in the group, the last group to tour the building during that late afternoon. As we entered the building, I feel awed at its remarkable beauty not only the exterior but also the interior construction and decoration, the photos on canvas of all late governors are hung on the wall of the lobby, definitely a treasure from the past.
We came to know that the Government House continuously being used by the Governor for official Vice Regal ceremonies, receptions, luncheons and dinners, and the weekly meeting of the Executive Council. With the Governor’s support, the house continues to be a centre for a diverse program of cultural and community events and is open to the public for tours four days a week.
The more you’ll be amazed when you see the garden overlooking the Opera House. It has a well landscaped garden with beautiful flowering plants and many more. I’ve seen it shown on TV when Princess Mary of Denmark and her husband visited Sydney last year. The princess and her dignitaries were shown strolling down the garden complete with photographers and news media crews.
More photos of the Government House at the sidebar.
Here is the link that narrates the history of the house since it was commissioned and constructed in the early 1800s, use and maintenance after then.