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Government House

Architect: William Wardell , John James Clark

City of Melbourne | C28

Government House was designed in the Italianate style and built between 1872 and 1876. It was designed by the Public Works Department when William Wardell was Inspector General. Wardell was responsible for the overall design of the building, with many details being the work of another famous Melbourne architect, J.J. Clark. The main building, excluding outbuildings, covers 3,300 square metres (three quarters of an acre). The ground plan of the house consists of three connected and related parts so that the building functions equally well as a setting for hospitality, business offices for the Governor of Victoria, and as the Vice-Regal private residence. There are three entrances: the State entrance, the Governor’s entrance and the Ballroom entrance. In total, the construction of Government House and the procurement of its furnishings cost the colony £200,000. The Government House complex including outbuildings comprises roughly 240 rooms. The State Dining Room table is almost the length of a cricket pitch and seats 54 people. The Ballroom is the grandest room in the House and can accommodate up to 1,000 guests. The tower is 44 metres (145 feet) high. The flag is the Governor’s personal standard, flying at all times except when the Governor is not in the State of Victoria. 

Need to Know

  • Open: Thursday 1 January 10am-4pm

  • Heritage Listed: Yes

    Expect Queues: Yes

    Photography Restricted: Yes

  • What's Open: State Apartments

  • Special Note: No Flash for photos of artwork

  • Tour Type: C28

  • Access: Pram accessible, Fully accessible

  • Building Type: Government

  • Facilities: Toilets

  • Year Built: 1876

  • Transport: Tram stop 18: St Kilda Rd/Coventry St on routes 3/3a, 5, 6, 8, 16, 64, 67 and 72


Government House Dr, Melbourne 3004, VIC


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