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Government House is the name given to some of the residences of Governors-General, Governors and Lieutenant-Governors in the Commonwealth and the former British Empire. When Queen Elizabeth II or a member of the Royal Family visits a Commonwealth nation, they will often stay at Government House, which is reflected in the Court Circular.

It serves as the venue for the Governor's official business, as well as the many receptions and functions hosted by the occupant.

As the office of the Governor, Government House is sometimes used as a metaphor to refer to the Government or the Governor.


[edit] Official residences worldwide

[edit] Australia

Government House, Canberra is the residence of the Governor-General of Australia.

It is set in 530,000 square metres of grounds at "Yarralumla", which was a large farm on which much of present-day central Canberra now sits. The house itself is the former main house on the property, though it has been extended several times.

The Governor-General also has a house in Sydney, Admiralty House.

Official Link: Governor-General of Australia

  • Government House, Hobart, is the residence of the Governor of Tasmania. It is an elegant neo-gothic sandstone mansion, completed in 1857 in 15 hectares of gardens in a commanding position on the shores of the River Derwent.

[edit] Canada

In addition, several buildings were formerly Government Houses which have since been demolished, sold, or redesignated. These include:

However, the official residences of the Governor General of Canada are Rideau Hall in Ottawa and La Citadelle in Quebec City.

[edit] Fiji

Government House, Suva is located on Victoria Parade, Suva. It is the home of the President of Fiji and was built in 1928 to replace the original building - the residence of the colonial governor - which burnt to the ground after being struck by lightning in 1921.

[edit] Hong Kong

Government House, Hong Kong is located on Government Hill, Central, on Hong Kong Island. It was home to the British Governors of Hong Kong until 1997, and has been used as a place for formal occasions such as the reception of a distinguished guest or ceremonies since the 1997 handover. However, when Donald Tsang took over the office of Chief Executive of Hong Kong, he decided to re-occupy it as an official residence and office. He moved there at the end of January 2006.

Official Link: Government House

[edit] Isle of Man/Ellan Vannin

Government House, Governor's Road, Onchan is the official residence of the Lord of Mann H.M. Queen Elizabeth II in the Isle of Man or Ellan Vannin. It is also the home of the Lieutenant Governor Vice Admiral Sir Paul Haddacks, Her Majesty's reperesentitive in the Island.

[edit] Jersey

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The public are invited to Government House in Jersey for the annual Queen's Birthday reception

Government House in St. Saviour is the official residence of the Lieutenant Governor of Jersey.

[edit] New Zealand

Government House, Wellington is the primary residence of the Governor-General of New Zealand. There is a second house in Auckland, Government House, Auckland.

Official Link: Governor-General of New Zealand

[edit] Government Houses outside the Commonwealth

[edit] See also

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Government House of Azerbaijan.

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