Flag Pole Maintenance
A difficult access specialist was recently engaged to undertake urgent maintenance on the flag pole on the Government House Tower. The rope connecting the Governor’s Standard to the flag pole broke off from the pulley system in heavy winds, leaving the 2.24m x 4.56m standard stuck at the top of the pole. It's believed that this was the first time that maintenance was needed on the flagpole in at least 50 years.
The Tower stands 44 metres tall and with the flagpole adding a further 13.7 metres.
The youngest Governor of Victoria, Lord Hopetoun, held his first formal reception just days after his arrival in Melbourne. More than four thousand guests packed into the State Ballroom for the occasion. Lord Hopetoun and his wife insisted on shaking the hand of every one of them.
The Governor travels widely across rural and regional Victoria. To view the Governor’s program, click here.
COAG and AUSMIN at Government House
Government House has hosted both the Council of Australian Governments meeting (COAG) and the Australia-United States Ministerial Consultations (AUSMIN).
The size of Government House
The Government House complex, including outbuildings, comprises roughly 240 rooms. The main building itself covers three quarters of an acre (3035 square metres). Government House sits on an 11 hectare plot of land.
Lord Hopetoun's servants
During the colonial era of Lord Hopetoun’s governorship, Government House may have retained as many as fifty-five servants, including thirteen in the stables.
Significant visitors to Government House
Famous people to have sat at the banquet table in the State Dining Room include Her Majesty The Queen, His Royal Highness The Prince Philip, Duke of Edinburgh, His Royal Highness The Prince of Wales, Diana, Princess of Wales, Hillary Rodham Clinton and countless Heads of State.
The Tower of Government House
The tower at Government House is 44m high and the flagpole on top adds an extra 13.7m. The site of Government House was chosen as it provided one of the few vistas clearly seen by Melburnians looking south over the Yarra.
The Governor's Journey
The journey to become a Governor of Victoria was once physically, as well as intellectually, arduous. Trips from Britain to Australia were long. Governor Arthur Stanley, his wife and children, travelled from London to Calais, Toulon, Naples, Port Said, the Suez Canal and Colombo before finally arriving to a cheering crowd at Port Melbourne in 1914.
The site of Government House
In 1841, a site of eighty-three acres was set aside in Melbourne’s Domain for the colony’s Government House and grounds. The location was selected by Victoria’s first colonial Lieutenant-Governor, Charles La Trobe. In 1933 the Government House complex was reduced to twenty-seven acres. Forty-two acres (including a large section of the entrance drive, the main lawn and the fern gully) became public parkland and one acre of the old American garden was converted into the Huntingfield Lawn of the Royal Botanic Gardens.
Australian Awards and Honours Investitures
Every year, Government House is the location for the presentation of Australian Honours and Awards, such as the Order of Australia. Do you know someone worthy of an Australian Award or Honour? You can nominate online at www.itsanhonour.gov.au.
The Governor and Mr Anthony Howard QC attended the Australian Formula One Grand Prix at Albert Park.
Did you know?
In the summer of 1896, Governor Brassey (1895-1900) threw a party at Government House for 4000 children from the senior classes of all State Schools ...