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Government House and Grounds


City of Perth

Place Number

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13 St Georges Tce Perth

Location Details

Includes gardens & Ballroom

Other Name(s)

Government House inc gardens
The Domain

Local Government




Construction Date

Constructed from 1855 to 1863

Demolition Year


Statutory Heritage Listings

Type Status Date Documents More information
Heritage List Adopted 20 Dec 1985
State Register Registered 19 Apr 2011 Register Entry
Assessment Documentation
Heritage Council

Heritage Council Decisions and Deliberations

Type Status Date Documents
(no listings)

Other Heritage Listings and Surveys

Type Status Date Grading/Management More information
Category Description
Aboriginal Heritage Sites Register Permanent

Heritage Council
Classified by the National Trust Classified 06 Feb 1978

Heritage Council
Perth Draft Inventory 99-01 YES 31 Dec 1999

Heritage Council
Register of the National Estate Permanent 21 Oct 1980

Heritage Council
Municipal Inventory Adopted 13 Mar 2001 Category 1

Category 1

Exceptional significance - Essential to the heritage of the locality. Rare or outstanding example.

Statement of Significance

STATEMENT OF SIGNIFICANCE The following statement, is taken from the gazetted permanent State Register Entry for the place, as the reasons for its cultural heritage signficance: Government House and Grounds, comprising Government House (1864), Ballroom (1899), Landscaped Gardens and mature plantings, including commemorative trees, Perimeter Wall (c.1850), Lodge (1904) and archaeological deposits is significant for the following reasons:
+ the place is of exceptional cultural heritage significance for its historical and ongoing role as part of the administrative centre for Western Australia, its essential contributions to the story of governance of the State, and as the continuing official residence of the Governor;
+ the place is exceptionally aesthetically pleasing for its eclectic and unique architectural style in its extensive garden setting; + the place is significant for its associations with prominent visitors to the State as the Governor receives guests including visiting royalty, Heads of State, and other official dignitaries;
+ the place is associated with the Engineers' Department who were responsible for both convict and colonial works, and represents the first important colonial building to be completed by the Public Works Department which was created in 1863;
+ the place contains extensive archaeological deposits and features, including those relating to the former Government House building, with the potential to reveal much about early colonial life, garden design and philosophy, and the many prominent individuals associated with the place;
+ the place is a landmark and makes a striking contribution to the streetscape of the State’s capital city;
+ the place is important as a reflection of the historical development of the city centre and its place within the large government domain originally set aside in 1829;
+ the place is significant for the physical evidence within its curtilage for existing landscape forms that can be traced back to the original topography at the time of European settlement; and,
+ the place holds a high degree of social significance for the people of Western Australia for its important historical associations, high aesthetic value, its ongoing use for community events, and its contribution to the community’s sense of place, as well as being an important tourist attraction.

Physical Description

Government House is a two story brick building in the Victorian Tudor style. Various Picturesque elements such as bonded brickwork, squared mullioned windows, decorated gables Jacobean ogee-roofed towers and Gothic arcading are combined in this electric but resolved composition.


This building was constructed next to the original Government House (1834) which was demolished during the 1880's. Soon after completion of the new building, extensive alterations were carried out to suit the requirements of the new Governor. Major additions were constructed in 1898, these included a dining room, supper room and billiard room. During World War 11 Government House was used as government offices.


High level of integrity.

High level of authenticity. There have been modifications to the building over time.




Name Type Year From Year To
Hilson Beasley Architect - -
Richard Roach Jewell Architect - -

State Heritage Office library entries

Library Id Title Medium Year Of Publication
9840 Government House and Western Australian Society 1829 - 2010 Heritage Study {Other} 2011
7431 Government House, Perth, Western Australia. Book 1992
11815 Henderson & Coy : Royal Engineers & the Convict Establishment Fremantle Western Australia 1850 - 1872 Book 2017
884 Government House Grounds Perth Western Australia: Conservation Plan Heritage Study {Cons'n Plan} 1995
4884 Government House Lodge Perth : conservation plan : prepared by Allom Lovell Hocking : conservation consultants : October 1997. Heritage Study {Cons'n Plan} 1997
6426 A preliminary study of convict sites in Western Australia (draft). Heritage Study {Other} 1997
7811 St George's Cathedral vision & Perth establishment precinct. C D Rom 2005
11824 Government Houses : Vice-regal residences of the Crown Book 2020
1710 Gate Lodge at Government House St Georges Terrace : report of the cultural heritage significance Report 1991
6041 Investigating Government House : a teacher resource book and student workbook. Report 1996
3331 Government House Lodge Perth Conservation Plan Heritage Study {Cons'n Plan} 1998
3927 Investigation into the significance of the Ravine, Government House Grounds. Heritage Study {Other} 1998
9642 Government House, Perth: report on north boundary wall. Report 2010
7282 House to house : the story of Western Australia's Government and Parliament Houses over 175 years. Book 2004
1527 Conservation Plan Government House Grounds Perth Western Australia: Stage Three Management Plan December 1996 Heritage Study {Cons'n Plan} 1996
4018 Government House Grounds Master Plan Study Heritage Study {Other} 1999
175 Government House Perth Western Australia: Conservation Study and Management Plan Heritage Study {Cons'n Plan} 1990
11643 Government House and Grounds, & Government House Ballroom, Perth Heritage Study {Cons'n Plan} 2016
11561 Building the Fremantle convict establishment - Henderson and Coy Heritage Study {Other} 2011
10227 Court & Camera: The life and times of A. H. Stone, a pioneer lawyer and photographer in Perth. Book 2012
8911 The botanic gardens of Western Australia. Journal article 2006
2480 Butler's residence at Government House St Georges Terrace Report 1991

Place Type

Individual Building or Group


Epoch General Specific
Present Use GOVERNMENTAL Government Residence
Original Use GOVERNMENTAL Government Residence

Architectural Styles

Victorian Tudor

Construction Materials

Type General Specific
Wall BRICK Common Brick

Historic Themes

General Specific
SOCIAL & CIVIC ACTIVITIES Cultural activities
DEMOGRAPHIC SETTLEMENT & MOBILITY Workers {incl. Aboriginal, convict}
SOCIAL & CIVIC ACTIVITIES Government & politics

Creation Date

30 May 1989

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Last Update

26 Oct 2021


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