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Old Government House is a former "country" residence of 10 early governors of New South Wales, located in Parramatta Park in Parramatta, New South Walesmarker, now a suburb of Sydneymarker. It is considered a property of national significance as an archaeological resource, and a demonstration of how Australian society has evolved since 1788.

The land the property is situated on is named Darug land, home to the Burramatta tribe. There is evidence of Aboriginal occupation on the site, such as middens which strengthened the household mortar.


Standing within 260 acres of Parramatta Park, Old Government House is Australia’s oldest public building. In 1799, the central block of the house was built by Governor John Hunter, however the current appearance of Old Government House is mainly due to Governor Macquarie and his wife. It is an example of a direct translation of English building forms to Australia, containing the only example of eighteenth century English joinery in Australia at such a high standard.

World Heritage Nomination

Old Government House was nominated for the World Heritage List as a ‘serial listing’ on the 12th of January, 2007 due to it being a ‘powerful symbol of the colony of NSW, the inter-connections with convict sites in other colonies and the development of the nation’.

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