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Old Government House celebrates 150 years

Governor Sir George Ferguson Bowen's appreciation for his new residence was unmistakable in his May 1862 despatch to the Secretary of State for the Colonies, the Duke of Newcastle:

I have this month entered into occupation of the handsome and commodious official residence….The new Government House is beautifully situated on a promontory surrounded on three sides by the River Brisbane….

150 years on, Old Government House remains 'handsome and commodious' and is arguably Queensland's most significant heritage building. On Sunday 6 May 2012, as a key event in the National Trust's Queensland Heritage Festival, the Queensland University of Technology officially celebrated the sesquicentenary of this grand house with a series of Sunday events in and around the House and grounds.


4MBS Mother's Day Classical Concert and Morning Tea

Sunday 13 May, 10.00am
Give your mum a special treat this Mother's Day with morning tea and a concert of beautiful classical music presented by 4MBS Classic FM. Tickets for Concert and Morning Tea are $48 and can be purchased online or by calling 4MBS Ticketing 07 3847 1717.

Parking available for $5. From Alice St, turn left into Gardens Point Rd and enter via QUT Gatehouse. See our map and directions for more information.


free family day to celebrate the house's birthday

Sunday 6 May, 9.00am - 12.00pm
To celebrate the 150th birthday of Old Government House we're hosting a morning of pomp and ceremony. Colonial military personnel, brass and pipe bands will evoke colonial days. Gentlemen and ladies in the attire of the day will mingle with visitors, awaiting the arrival of Her Excellency Ms Penelope Wensley AC, Governor of Queensland, by horse-drawn carriage, to commence proceedings at 9.15am. Download program of events (PDF 164 kB)

Bring your picnic hamper and enjoy lunch on the lawn after the official ceremony or you might like to try the coffee and cake special ($6.50) at Merlo Cafe.

Parking available under freeway (user-pays short-time car park) - maximum $8. From Alice St, turn left into Gardens Point Rd and follow signs along ringroad. See our map and directions for more information.


Musical Morning featuring Brisbane Excelsior Brass Band

Sunday 29 April, 10.00am
Join us for a free concert featuring the Sir Ian McKellen quartet at 10.00am followed by the Brisbane Excelsior Brass Band at 12.00pm. Enjoy the coffee and cake special ($6.50) at Merlo Cafe after the concert.

Parking available for $5. From Alice St, turn left into Gardens Point Rd and enter via QUT Gatehouse. See our map and directions for more information.


Musical Morning featuring Mandolins of Brisbane

Sunday 22 April, 10.30am
Experience the grandeur of the House with the magical sound of mandolins resonating through its rooms. After this free concert you might like to enjoy the coffee and cake special for $6.50 at Merlo Cafe in the House courtyard.

Parking available for $5. From Alice St, turn left into Gardens Point Rd and enter via QUT Gatehouse. See our map and directions for more information.

March 2012