Old Government House's 1st Birthday
She’s 148 this year but Queensland’s new Old Government House is celebrating her first birthday this week.
Reopened after a painstaking $15 million restoration just in time for the State’s 150th anniversary, the grand old dame of Queensland colonial history is marking her first anniversary as a living piece of history.
The people of Queensland and beyond have embraced the lodgings of Queensland’s first 11 governors and with 88,155 visitors in the past year. They have wandered through the gracious house and marvelled at its grand cedar staircase and the cascading chandelier that is the centrepiece of the entrance; they have learnt about the house’s history from a touch-screen display on its early inhabitants; they have visited the upstairs gallery of Australia’s finest landscape artist William Robinson and enjoyed tea and lamingtons in the courtyard.
Old Government House curator and QUT historian Dr Katie McConnel said "Beautiful, fabulous and interesting” were the most frequent words in the visitors’ book.
“A year on it is still a great thrill for me to see how visitors young and old, from overseas, interstate and Queenslanders enjoy wandering around the House and discovering the history of Queensland's wonderful treasure that is Old Government House,” Dr McConnel said.