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Government House is the name of many of the residences of Governors-General, Governors and Lieutenant-Governors in the Commonwealth and the former British Empire. It serves as the venue for the Governor's official business, as well as the many receptions and functions hosted by the occupant. Sometimes, "Government House" is used as a metonym for the Governor or his office.

Official residences worldwide


Government House, Canberramarker is the residence of the Governor-General of Australia.

It is set in 530,000 square metres of grounds at "Yarralumla", which was a large farm on which much of present-day central Canberra now sits. The house itself is the former main house on the property, though it has been extended several times.

The Governor-General also has a house in Sydneymarker, Admiralty Housemarker.

Official Link: Governor-General of Australia

  • Government House, Hobartmarker, is the residence of the Governor of Tasmania. It is an elegant neo-gothic sandstone mansion, completed in 1857 in 15 hectares of gardens in a commanding position on the shores of the River Derwent.

Postcard photo of Government House, Barbados.


Falkland Islands


Government House, Suva is located on Victoria Parade, Suvamarker. It is the home of the President of Fiji and was built in 1928 to replace the original building - the residence of the colonial governor - which burnt to the ground after being struck by lightning in 1921.

Hong Kong

Government House, Hong Kongmarker is located on Government Hill, Centralmarker, on Hong Kong Island. It was the official residence of most of the Governors of Hong Kong during British administration. After 1997, its status as the official residence of the head of the Hong Kong Government was abolished and has been used as a place for mere ceremonial uses. However, when Sir Donald Tsang became the Chief Executive of Hong Kong, he reverted it and designated the House as the official residence and office. He moved into the House at the end of January 2006.

Isle of Man

Government House, Governor's Road, Onchanmarker is the official residence of the Lieutenant Governormarker Vice Admiral Sir Paul Haddacks, Her Majesty's representative on the Island.


Government House on the Hill of Evil Counsel near Talpiot, Jerusalemmarker housed the high commissioner of Mandatory Palestine's residence after its move from Augusta Victoriamarker, and after that Mandate's termination became the United Nations Middle East Headquarters.


Government House in St. Saviourmarker is the official residence of the Lieutenant Governor of Jersey.

New Zealand

Government House, Wellingtonmarker is the primary residence of the Governor-General of New Zealand. There is a second house in Aucklandmarker, Government House, Aucklandmarker.

Official Link: Governor-General of New Zealand


Government Houses outside the Commonwealth


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