Government Buildings in Hobart

Government Buildings in Hobart, Australia

Government Buildings in Hobart

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  • Loretta T
    6 contributions
    The Government House website stated the Honourable Barbara Baker AC and Emeritus Professor Don Chalmers AO invite you to explore this site. This was a warm and welcoming indication of what to expect. The gates are regal, the driveway enticing and friendly guides awaited us in the front courtyard. The tour was Below Stairs - a delight to experience a different perspective of a grand and imposing jewel of a building.
    The guides, Gemma and Brian worked as a seamless partnership giving a relaxed and knowledgeable exploration of the many aspects of life behind the glamourous presentation. Each of the integral areas of the household, although humble compared to the front of house offered insight into the detail and care that goes into every action to make this property function. Laundries hum busily below ballrooms, cool rooms offer tantalising comparisons to my grocery shopping list, kitchen staff glow with pride explaining the self sufficiency and strong relationship with kitchen garden and orchards to produce anything from morning tea to banquets. The flower room came with proud explanations of how the flowers on display set the tone and mood for day to day to state events. The Below Stairs explored the care and detail of staff members enthusiastically and proudly ensuring each and every small detail is perfect. Brian shared his knowledge of functional and grand pieces of furniture. The tour ends with the Gift Shop - where all seemed to have been produced from the fruits of the House staff, gardens or vineyard. There were eight of us on the tour and the others as we were, seemed thoroughly delighted with the experience. I have attended open days here in the past, but would happily return for a tour of either the State Rooms or garden. While this is a imposing site with all conducting work according to protocols, it was a thoroughly enjoyable experience of life below stairs where devotion to detail and exactness from proud and very welcoming staff was a delight. Thanks for the warm invite!
    Written 2 March 2023
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  • Dan L
    Bunbury, Australia7,494 contributions
    We were unlucky to miss the tours of the building, on the day that we enquired the tour was unavailable and we were unable to return another time. It is an impressive building, designed by colonial architect John Lee Archer in 1830 and based on Georgian architecture influences. It was completed in 1841, constructed by convicts using sandstone quarried at Queens Domain and Salamanca Place. Originally earmarked as the Customs House, the building served a dual role until 1904 when the Customs relocated to Davey Street. Impressive façade with the Coat of Arms above the main entry.
    Written 25 April 2022
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  • Sam H
    Melbourne, Australia194 contributions
    Situated on a historical site . Convicts in early 1855 began building the foundations
    And preparing the grounds for gardens.

    The interior is beautiful and grand. One can picture ladies in crinoline dresses climbing the grand staircase.
    This is a free building to visit so if you like grandeur , pop this on your list. The grand organ is not to be missed
    Written 30 January 2019
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  • Dan L
    Bunbury, Australia7,494 contributions
    Treasury Building seems to comprise a complex of interconnecting buildings. I did some research and discovered that there are nine buildings formerly used for Supreme Court, Police & Convict Offices, Public Offices, Executive Council Offices, Deeds Building and Agriculture Building, with the Supreme Court and Public Offices housed in different buildings at varying stages. The Sub-Station dates to 1940.
    Sandstone is the dominant building material and the ornamentation a testament to the skill of the masons.
    Written 25 April 2022
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  • Dan L
    Bunbury, Australia7,494 contributions
    The building dates to 1901 with the groundbreaking ceremony and opened to the public in 1905. It's built in the Edwardian Baroque architectural style to a design by Hobart architect, Alan Cameron Walker. Beautiful sandstone building with the clocktower an eyecatching feature.
    Written 26 April 2022
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