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  • Inside the Frame: A Continuing Tradition of Portraiture

    Of major cultural and historic significance to NSW and Australia, the Government House portrait collection spans more than two centuries of history from British settlement to the present time. It shows the changing styles of art - from... more »

  • Contemporary Australian Design in Heritage Garden Landscape

    The Eastern Terrace of Government House Sydney has recently undergone a major facelift - its first in nine years. The challenge of re-designing the Eastern Terrace was one which leading landscape architect Jane Irwin could not resist when... more »

  • Stonework Heraldry - A link from the past to the present

    In the late 1830s, Architect Edward Blore included in his specifications for the new Government House that:'…the panels between the ground floor and bed room windows of the North and East fronts to be moulded and filled in with carved work... more »

  • Roy de Maistre Garden Mystery

    In August 2019, Government House received a request from Mr Andrew Gaynor, an independent researcher, to locate the place at Government House Sydney where Roi de Mestre (aka Roy de Maistre) may have painted the following scene (see... more »

  • Tales of a Vice Regal Vanilla Orchid

    Just over a year ago, the Vice Regal household’s Vanilla Orchid was in bloom! This was a rare, precious and beautiful botanical event, as Vanilla Orchids are extremely difficult to pollinate. No wonder they are the second most expensive... more »

  • Not Your Usual Standard

    The Governor’s Standard is the name of the flag, banner or pennant which represents the Governor; it is sometimes also referred to as the Governor’s Personal Standard or the Governor’s Personal Flag.  In New South Wales, the Governor’... more »

  • The History of the Arcade

    Government House has recently completed the restoration of the Arcade ceiling to its original condition. Restoration has removed the 20th Century painted finish to reveal the original timber.  Construction of the Arcade began in 1879... more »

  • Extraordinary Floral Displays Celebrate Extraordinary Australians

    Amid heady scents of the Australian bush and with just over 24 hours to go before the first of the May Investiture ceremonies, our florists are arm-deep amid arrangements and flowers and foliage of every hue and colour as they orchestrate... more »

  • 150 Years on – The Story of Australia’s First Attempted Political Assassination

    1st May 1868 - Letter from The Duke of Buckingham and Chandos, Secretary of State for the Colonies [1], acknowledging receipt of the Telegrams from the Earl of Belmore – 13th Governor of New South Wales – informing of the attempted... more »

  • Photographs by Stealth - Government House Under the 3D Scanner

    A tripod-mounted rotating scanner is silently examining the external sandstone walls. In its sights are the graceful arched entry doors welcoming people to Government House.This is all part of the work of maintaining the historic and state... more »

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