Landmark & Views

Government House

Norfolk Island / The Pacific

Government House is the official residence of the Administrator on Norfolk Island.  Formerly it was occupied by a succession of Lieutenant Governors, Commandants, Chief Magistrates and Administrators, operating in the same way as State Governors.  It has been the official residence of the representative of the Crown since 1829.  

This is the third official residence on the island.  The present Government House incorporates some of the 1804 building.  It was built in the convict era and officers lived there during the 1830s and 1840s.  It was unoccupied between 1855 and 1862, and then variously used as a school, a house for official visitors from overseas and then magistrates on the island.  Since 1913 Administrators have lived there.

It is a large yellow Georgian building with a verandah around three sides.  There are 25 rooms set around four internal courtyards, some of which have been restored to reflect the original 1830s style.   Successive Administrators have adorned it with furniture and works of art.  The dining room table in Australian cedar wood is thought to be the only piece of original furniture.  It was made in Sydney in about 1834.

The grounds are so spectacular that they are on the Australian National Heritage site and are a UNESCO World Heritage Site.  They include a natural reserve and a golf course.  Norfolk pines were planted to mark the Queen’s Silver Jubilee in 1977.   

Every year, on 8 June, Bounty Day is celebrated with a reception at Government House and a parade.  The gardens are open for various functions and the house itself one day a month.

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