Government House Ballroom


City of Perth

Place Number



13 St Georges Tce Perth

Location Details

also part of 4277

Local Government




Construction Date

Constructed from 1898

Demolition Year


Statutory Heritage Listings

Type Status Date Documents
Heritage List Adopted 20 Dec 1985
State Register Registered 07 Apr 1992 HCWebsite.Listing+ListingDocument

Heritage Council Decisions and Deliberations

Type Status Date Documents
(no listings)

Other Heritage Listings and Surveys

Type Status Date Grading/Management
Aboriginal Heritage Sites Register Permanent
Classified by the National Trust Classified 06 Feb 1978
Register of the National Estate Permanent 21 Oct 1980
Survey of 20th Ctry Architecture Completed 01 Mar 1988
Municipal Inventory Adopted 13 Mar 2001 Category 1

Statement of Significance

This place is a fine example of Free Classicalism, officially opened on June 22 1899 on the occasion of the Queen's accession and the visit of the Admiral Commanding-in Chief. The place is of social significance as the ballroom is the venue for most important functions treating distinguished visitors.

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 II Government House was used as government offices.

State Heritage Office library entries

Library Id Title Medium Year Of Publication
7431 Government House, Perth, Western Australia. Book 1992
11643 Government House and Grounds, & Government House Ballroom, Perth Heritage Study {Cons'n Plan} 2016
9840 Government House and Western Australian Society 1829 - 2010 Heritage Study {Other} 2011

Place Type

Individual Building or Group


Epoch General Specific

Architectural Styles

Victorian Tudor

Construction Materials

Type General Specific
Wall STONE Other Stone
Wall BRICK Common Brick
Roof TILE Terracotta Tile

Historic Themes

General Specific
SOCIAL & CIVIC ACTIVITIES Government & politics

Creation Date

30 May 1989

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Last Update

14 Jul 2021


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