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Old Government House is one of Queensland's most significant heritage buildings. It was the site of many key events in Queensland's early history and architecturally it remains as a vital link to our colonial past. Completed in 1862, it was the home of Queensland's governors until 1910. The House successively became the University of Queensland's inaugural building, then the lecture rooms of Queensland University of Technology and the office of the National Trust of Queensland. It was the first building in Queensland to be heritage listed in 1978.
The building recently underwent a $15 million restoration. Major structural damage was repaired and original features were restored following heritage guidelines and current best practice. Several rooms now house interpretive displays telling the story of the House and of those who lived and worked here. The upstairs bedrooms have become a gallery dedicated to the permanent exhibition of the works of renowned Australian artist William Robinson.
Recently reopened to the public as a museum and available for hire as an elegant venue for private functions, Old Government House offers a fascinating insight into colonial life in the early days of Queensland.