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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  • We attended a wedding yesterday afternoon and having not been here before we were really surprised. The old building is immaculately maintained and is a great wedding venue with nearby bars and restau...  more »
  • Spent quite awhile exploring all around this house...Aircon on a very hot Brisbane summers day...lovely... Its empty of furniture..but this is no problem... so many nooks and crannies to explore...and...  more »
  • Located in the QUT grounds near Parliament House and the city Gardens this where Lamingtons were invented- nice cool veranda  more »
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  • I was fortunate enough to attend a concert here last night and fell in love with this piece of Queensland heritage. Someone cleary takes a lot of pride in caring for it and presenting the historical items while providing a majestic entertainment space for events. There are quite a number of historical displays that are well worth a look (the building is open to the public during the day), especially in the old state room, though thankfully the history hasn't been whitewashed either. Alongside the beautifully painted ornamental screen and old documents in the state room there is information on the running of the house, the servants and supplies: the nitty-gritty behind the dignified front and politic gravitas. Across the courtyard the storerooms and trade entrance have been preserved, but rather usefully now double as the toilets as well. This place shines at night, and if you were considering a classy function this would be a distinguished atmosphere. The chandelier is brilliant, and the old woodwork glows in the soft lighting. For an event of up to about a hundred people (though I imagine you could squeeze in more if you wished) old government house would be small enough to be intimate, but spacious and well apportioned enough to allow for fluid event organisation. The acoustics are resonant and flattering for live music. Truly a beautiful place. I feel priveleged to have been able to see it at night.
  • 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.
  • Was a nice place! Been there to attend a conference.
  • Fantastic building in The park.