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Sydney Government House

brief history ...

Sydney Government House
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Construction of the Government House in Sydney commenced in 1837, based on plans made by the Royal Architect, Edward Blore. Designed in a Gothic style, The Government House was erected on a 5 hectares property in walking distance from the Opera House overlooking Farm Cove.

In time, a few developments were made: in 1873 a front portico, in 1879 an eastern verandah and 1900-1901 extensions to the ballroom

From 1845 until 1996 The Government House was used as the Governor's residence, office and official reception space.

Today the Government House is open to the public, but occasionally it is used as official reception space.

Trivia: The first resident move in 1845 and was Governor George Gipps.

tourist information ...

Sydney Government House Gate
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How to get there
The easiest way to reach the The Government House is by public transport. Trains, buses and ferries are available to Circular Quay station. See map.

Contact details:
Macquarie Street
Sydney, NSW 2000
Phone: 02 9931 5222
Email: info@hht.net.au
Web site: Government House

Hours of Operation:
Grounds open daily from 10am to 4pm
House open Friday to Sunday from 10.30am to 3pm
Tours depart every half hour commencing at 10.30am (last tour at 3pm)
Closed Christmas Day and Good Friday
26 March
1984 - The $100 note was put into circulation, Douglas Mawson and John Tebbutt were illustrated on the note.

2006 - The 2006 Commonwealth Games held in Melbourne close, Australia wins 84 gold, 69 silver and 68 bronze medals.
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