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Government House, Government House Dr, Melbourne, VIC, Australia

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List Register of the National Estate (Non-statutory archive)
Class Historic
Legal Status Registered (21/03/1978)
Place ID 5233
Place File No 2/11/033/0196
Statement of Significance
This is the grandest and largest residence in Australia and one of the finest examples of nineteenth century residential architecture in the world. Designed in the conservative Classical style, the superb Italianate composition reflects Queen Victoria's Osborne House. The great variety of fine mouldings and motifs culminate in the Belvedere where the concentration of ornament gives an outstanding overall effect. The interiors are among the grandest in Melbourne. The tower is a prominent landmark.

(The Commission is in the process of developing and/or upgrading official statements for places listed prior to 1991. The above data was mainly provided by the nominator and has not yet been revised by the Commission.)
Official Values Not Available
Description
Government House was erected in 1871-6 by Martin and Peacock for the Public Works Department. The extensive rendered brick structure was designed and documented by W W Wardell, J J Clark and P Kerr. It is comprised of the State, Private, Ballroom and Kitchen wings which are carefully expressed in a grand composition and grouped around the Belvedere tower. Since 1876 it has served as Victoria's and for a brief period, Australia's, viceregal residence.
History Not Available
Condition and Integrity
Government House, Melbourne, is maintained in immaculate condition and is intact.
Location
Government House Drive, off Birdwood Avenue, Melbourne.
Bibliography
PRINCIPAL SOURCES OF INFORMATION 1. HAZELL, T.A. 'GOVERNMENT HOUSE' IN
AUSTRALIAN COUNCIL OF NATIONAL TRUSTS HISTORIC HOUSES OF AUSTRALIA,
CASSELL, MELBOURNE VOL 3.1974 PP. 218-229. 2. BYRNE,M & WILSON,M.'THE
HISTORY OF GOVERNMENT HOUSE, MELBOURNE.' HISTORY OF ARCH. RESEARCH ESSAY.UNI. OF
MELB. DEPARTMENT OF ARCHITECTURE. 1962

Report Produced  Fri Jul 25 10:31:34 2014