QUT Home

HOUSE CLOSURES

EASTER OPENING HOURS – 30 MARCH TO 2 APRIL

The House and the William Robinson Gallery will be closed on Good Friday, and will be open 10am – 4pm on Easter Sunday and Easter Monday.

HOUSE CLOSURE – 3 & 4 APRIL

The House and the William Robinson Gallery will be closed to visitors on Tuesday 3 and Wednesday 4 April in preparation for an Official Event.

We apologise for any inconvenience caused.

facebook icon QUT eNews icon tripadvisor icon map pin icon

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.