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Government House Victoria


Victoria’s Government House was built between 1872 and 1876, and is considered one of Australia’s finest examples of 19th century residential architecture. It is the official residence of the Governor of Victoria, the Hon. Linda Dessau AC, and her husband, Mr Anthony Howard AM QC, and is the primary venue for the Governor’s constitutional, ceremonial, community and international engagement activities. The State Apartments consist of the State Hall, State Drawing Room and Ballroom and is where most State and community events are held at Government House. The State Dining Room’s telescopic table made of red cedar and Spanish mahogany is almost the length of a cricket pitch and seats 54 people. The Ballroom commands an entire wing of Government House and regularly accommodates large functions of up to 800 people. The 48 metre ornamental tower is a Melbourne landmark, flying the Governor’s Standard at all times except when the Governor is not in the State of Victoria.



Origins and Legacies | Victoria’s Government House and the Role of the Governor

Government House Insights – Old Kitchen

Visit the Governor of Victoria’s YouTube channel for more.


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