Congratulations to Old Government House for receiving a special award for the building’s restoration. You’ll find Old Government House in the grounds of the Queensland University of Technology next to the City Botanic Gardens.
It was built in 1862 when the colony had a population of only 30,000. The Governors and their families lived and worked in this building and as you stroll around the rooms, you can imagine the laughter of children as they ran up and down the graceful central staircase. The picture below, from the John Oxley Library, shows Lady Bowen (whose husband was Governor from 1857-68) and her children.
I love the cafe that is housed in the original kitchen and central courtyard. You can order a high tea with lamingtons made to the original recipe – the famous lamington was invented at Old Government House and named for Lord & Lady Lamington who were in residence until 1901.