The Ballroom


etching of GH ballroom circa late 1800s websiteEtching of the Ballroom, circa late 1880s 

The Ballroom is used for large receptions, award and investiture ceremonies and other community celebrations and functions. Up to 800 people can be accommodated cocktail style.


State Chair

The State Chair is only ever used by the Monarch or the Monarch’s representative. It is located on the dais and made of gilded wood with barley twist side columns and an arched back. There is a crown placed on the top of the chair, and lion heads carved into the chair’s arms. The chair is upholstered in turquoise velvet and "Advance Victoria" is carved on the gilded back of the chair.

 The State Chair stands on a dais at the end of The Ballroom


Minstrels’ Gallery

The Minstrel’s Gallery is on a mezzanine level on the south end of the Ballroom. This is where musicians perform during State Functions.


Minstrels Gallery



The Ballroom ceiling is divided into twenty-seven parts. Each section has raised moulded edges, gilded tracery and a gilded centrepiece.


The Ballroom Ceiling



The chandeliers are original and were converted from gas to electricity in the nineteenth century.


State Ballroom 3 


The floor is of New Zealand Kauri pine. Only a few planks have been replaced since the building’s construction. About 1/16th inch of the surface has been sanded over time to obliterate traces of stiletto heels. 


Colour Scheme

John Adrian Louise Hope, Earl of Hopetoun and Governor of Victoria (1889-1895) replaced the original white décor of the room with a colour scheme based on his heraldic colours. This colour scheme was restored in the 1960s.


State Ballroom 1


Supper Room

The Supper Room runs the entire length of the east side. Once upon a time, refreshments would have been served across the bar. Today, cocktail refreshments are plated in the kitchen and served.


State Ballroom Vestibule 

The State Ballroom Vestibule is used as the entrance for State Functions held in the Ballroom.


Ballroom Vestibule