Old Government House, Brisbane

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Queensland's first Government House is located at Gardens Point in the grounds of the Queensland University of Technology at the end of George Street in Brisbane, Queensland, Australia. The building's construction was the first important architectural work undertaken by the newly formed Government of Queensland.Residence of the Queensland governorArchitecture and constructionThe government residential building was constructed to accommodate the first Governor of Queensland, Sir George Bowen, and his family. On 22 May 1860, the first Queensland parliament met. One month later a vote to fund a new government house was successful. The site chosen for the building was a high point of Gardens Point overlooking the Brisbane Botanic Gardens and with expansive vistas of the Brisbane River. There was an issue with the building being built in Brisbane, as the capital of Queensland had not yet been decided.The two-storey building was designed by colonial architect Charles Tiffin in the Classical revival style in 1860. The front half of the building contained the Governor's public and private rooms while the rear housed the service section. The front of the house had a plain design without displays of grandeur so as not to affront politicians and country citizens.
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  • Been years since I used to photograph wedding parties in the grounds . Beautiful and close to the Botanical Gardens so spend the day easily . 
  • We enjoyed visiting the Old Government House. It was free to visit. We were there for there less than an hour. When you enter there is a video with the history of the house and highlights of a few of ...  more »
  • After a stroll through the adjacent botanic garden this architecturally and historically important building looms on the horizon. It is a well restored building offering an insight into the privileged...  more »
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  • A beautifully restored piece of Brisbane's heritage. Modern and functional inside rather than being turned into a museum. Great event catering.
  • This is such a wonderful location to visit, adjacent to the Botanical Gardens in the city, with cafes, exhibitions and close to the walk bridge that takes you across the Brisbane River and onto Southbank. A must visit part of the City of Brisbane. There is currently an Exhibition of Miss Fisher's Murder Mystery fashion, which is perfect for this location.
  • Historical house inside QUT has great regular events, good spot for a reception
  • Gracious historical building.
  • Historic place and now a part of Queensland University of Technology. Worth visiting.