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Four legged residents of Old Government House

OGH - pets

Images courtesy of John Oxley Library, SLQ.

Each Governor had at least one pet during their six-year term in Queensland. Pets helped to create a homely environment in what was a remote home away from home. The Bowen children had to make do with the regular stays at Government House of Premier Robert Herbert's six dogs Hop, Skip, Loasy, Dido, Flora and Tippo. Governor Blackall's dog Soda was in attendance for many of the family photographs, the Kennedy's were fond of horses but it is the Lamingtons who collected the largest menagerie of animals during their time in Queensland. In addition to three dogs, Torrocks an Irish terrier, Bousquir a scotch terrier and 'Ting Gow' a 'Chow' dog the family had a kangaroo, several horses and birds including cockatoos, magpies and a cassowary that ate whole apples.

Interestingly no cats are recorded as being pets at OGH.