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Old Government House

Old Government House

Visiting Brisbane on the weekend I called in at the Queensland University of Technology (QUT) and walked around Old Government House.

Located at Gardens Point at the end of George Street on the edge of the CBD, the building's construction was the first important architectural work undertaken by the newly formed Government of Queensland in 1860.

It served as a private residence for the Governor and his family and as an official state office. It was the hub of colonial life in the early days of Brisbane.

Designed by the Government architect Charles Tiffin, he incorporated adaptations to the Greek revival style to suit the local climate. The house was built by Joshua Jeays, who punted huge loads of sandstone down the Brisbane River.

On 10 December 1909 it was announced that Government House would no longer be used as a vice-regal residence. On the same day, the University of Queensland was established with the then serving governor, Sir William MacGregor, installed as its first chancellor. He moved out of the House in June the following year, and the building and its surrounding grounds became the University's first campus.

The site today is a grand reminder of Brisbane's heritage.

Author: Michael
23 June 2021, 15:08
Category: History
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