Government House

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Government House is the name usually given to the residence of British Governors, Lieutenant Governors and Governors General and other colonial administrators in the former British Empire and now the Commonwealth.

The House functions nearly as a presidential palace. It serves as the venue for the Governor's official business, serving as the official place of business for the administration, as well as the many receptions and functions hosted by the occupant.

As the office of the Governor, Government House is also used as a metaphor for to refer to the Government or the Governor.

Government House is a residence for a governor; so now many Commonwealth nations without the British monarch as Head of State name their presidential palaces State House or President's House.


Official residences worldwide


Government House, Canberra 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 Sydney, Admiralty House.

Official Link: Governor-General of Australia (


The Lieutenant Governors of the following provinces have or had official residences known as Government House:

However, the official residences of the Governor General of Canada are Rideau Hall in Ottawa and La Citadelle in Quebec City.

Hong Kong

Government House, Hong Kong is located in Central, on Hong Kong Island.
Official Link: Government House Monument (


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The public are invited to Government House in Jersey for the annual Queen's Birthday reception

Government House in St. Saviour is the official residence of the Lieutenant-Governor.

New Zealand

Government House in Wellington, New Zealand is the name of the official Wellington (primary) and Auckland residences of the Governor-General of New Zealand.

Official Link: Governor-General of New Zealand (

Non-British Government Houses

Some gubernatorial residences in the United States of America are also named Government House. Additionally, Government House in Jerusalem, the former headquarters of the government of the British Mandate of Palestine until 1948, and has since June, 1948 been the headquarters of the United Nations Truce Supervision Organization.

Note on usage

Some official docments refer to "the Government House" instead of "Government House". This is because in the former instance the operative word is "House" (ie, the House of the Government) whereas in the latter the phrase "Government House" is taken as a proper noun.

See also


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