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History of the House

Old Government House is perhaps the most significant heritage building in Queensland. The first public building to be designed and built in the new colony of Queensland it housed the Governor and served as a family home, an administrative centre, and a social hub for the new colony. The design of the building supports this diversity of roles and unfolds to the visitor the social structure of Victorian society captured in the 'bricks and mortar' of the building.

Old Government House provides a window to our colonial past. In the first half of the century of Queensland's history a far flung corner of the British Empire progressed to Statehood in a new Federal Australia giving birth to the Labor party and votes for women among many far reaching changes and developments.

Visitors to the House can engage with the stories of the House and those who lived and worked there.