Virtual Tour of Government House, Canberra

Government House Canberra is located in the suburb of Yarralumla with a boundary to Lake Burley Griffin. This is the principal residence of the Governor-General and the main administrative centre for the Office. A large number of events and activities are conducted at Government House including receptions; investiture and credential ceremonies; state dinners for visiting Royalty and heads of state; and functions for community and special needs groups. The property is made available on request to charitable organisations as a venue to raise funds for those groups. The 54 hectare property is listed on the Commonwealth Heritage list and comprises both heritage buildings and landscape elements. Government House, Canberra, in its origins and architecture, is quite unlike Government Houses of the State capitals.

 

1. State Entrance

2. State Entrance Hallway

Artworks

DARGIE, Sir William
Portrait of Her Majesty The Queen
1954
Government House Collection

DARGIE, Sir William
Portrait of His Royal Highness The Duke of Edinburgh
1954
Lent by The Australiana Fund

Unknown artist
Portrait of a Colonial Surveyor and His family
Circa 1845
Gift of Waltons Ltd
Lent by The Australiana Fund

Set of Ten Ned Kelly screen prints by Sidney Nolan (1917-1992)
Lent by The Australiana Fund

NOLAN, Sidney
Burke at Cooper's Creek
1950
oil and enamel paint on composition board
121.50 (H) x 152.00 (W) cm
139.10 (H) x 169.80 (W) x 4.80 (D) cm (framed (overall))
© The Sidney Nolan Trust / Bridgeman Images
Gift of American Friends of the National Gallery of Australia, Inc., New York, NY, USA, made possible with the generous support of Mr and Mrs Benno Schmidt of New York and Esperance, Western Australia, 1987.
Lent by The National Gallery of Australia
 
STREETON, Arthur
In a London garden
c.1934
oil on canvas mounted on composition board
81.90 (H) x 107.00 (W)
103.00 (H) x 129.00 (W) x 8.80 (D) cm (overall)
Purchased 1962
Lent by The National Gallery of Australia
 
ROBINSON, William
Springbrook with lifting fog
1999
oil on linen
203.00 (H) x 259.00 (W) cm
2,066.00 (H) x 2,628.00 (W) x 58.00 (D) mm (framed (overall))
© Mr William Robinson
Purchased with funds from the Nerissa Johnson Bequest 1999
Lent by The National Gallery of Australia

 

3. Her Majesty The Queen’s Sitting Room

Artworks

WARANGKULA TJUPURRULA, Johnny
Big water Dreaming at Kalipinypa
1971
synthetic polymer paint on composition board
59.60 (H) x 60.20 (W) cm
© estate of the artist licensed by Aboriginal Artists Agency Ltd
Purchased 1993 - 1996
Lent by The National Gallery of Australia
 

4. Her Majesty The Queen’s Office

Artworks

BECKETT, Clarice
Mentone pier
c.1930
oil on cardboard
25.30 (H) x 38.00 (W)
385.00 (H) x 513.00 (W) x 40.00 (D) mm (Frame)
Purchased 1971
Lent by the National Gallery of Australia
 
BECKETT, Clarice
Yarra at evening
c.1932
oil on cardboard
29.80 (H) x 40.00 (W)
44.50 (H) x 54.90 (W) x 4.00 (D) cm (overall)
Purchased 1971
Lent by The National Gallery of Australia
 
ASHTON, Julian
The student, Tuggerah Lakes
1915
oil on canvas on cardboard
33.90 (H) x 22.00 (W) cm
540.00 (H) x 420.00 (W) x 55.00 (D) mm (Frame)
Purchased 1973
Lent by The National Gallery of Australia
 
BUNNY, Rupert
Hot wind day
1932-33
oil on canvas
40.90 (H) x 46.20 (W) cm
460.00 (H) x 510.00 (W) x 55.00 (D) mm (framed (overall))
Purchased 1959
Lent by The National Gallery of Australia
 
CARRICK, Ethel
(Flower piece)
c1900-50
oil on canvas
54.70 (H) x 46.00 (W)
676.00 (H) x 555.00 (W) x 70.00 (D) mm (Frame)
Purchased 1972
Lent by The National Gallery of Australia
 
Cossington SMITH, Grace
Stocks in a glass vase
1935
oil on composition board
45.00 (H) x 41.50 (W) cm
597.00 (H) x 554.00 (W) x 60.00 (D) mm (Frame)
© Estate of Grace Cossington Smith
Purchased 1973 
Lent by The National Gallery of Australia
 

5. The State Drawing Room

Artworks

BUVELOT, Louis
Terrinallum House and Emu Creek from near the lower garden gate
1871
oil on canvas
37.00 (H) x 51.30 (W)
55.50 (H) x 69.00 (W) x 8.00 (D) cm (Frame)
Gift of Ernestine McKellar in memory of her grandfather John Cumming of Terrinallum, Victorian pioneer and pastoralist,1985
Lent by The National Gallery of Australia
 
BOYD, Penleigh
The Blue Mountains
c.1922
oil on canvas
76.00 (H) x 101.70 (W)
90.00 (H) x 115.00 (W) x 6.00 (D) cm (overall)
Purchased 1961
Lent by The National Gallery of Australia
 
BOYD, Penleigh
Early morning, Watson's Bay
1922
oil on canvas
71.70 (H) x 81.20 (W)
85.00 (H) x 95.50 (W) x 7.00 (D) cm (overall)
The Oscar Paul Collection, Gift of Henriette von Dallwitz and of Richard Paul in honour of his father 1965.
Lent by The National Gallery of Australia
 
BUNNY, Rupert
The naughty child
1932-33
oil on canvas
51.20 (H) x 58.90 (W) cm
597.00 (H) x 670.00 (W) x 45.00 (D) mm (Frame)
Purchased 1959
Lent by The National Gallery of Australia
 
BUNNY, Rupert
Black swans
1932-33
oil on canvas
51.30 (H) x 58.80 (W) cm
594.00 (H) x 673.00 (W) x 40.00 (D) mm (Frame)
Purchased 1959
Lent by The National Gallery of Australia
 
BUNNY, Rupert
Scene in the Botanic Gardens
1932-33
oil on canvas
51.40 (H) x 58.60 (W) cm
590.00 (H) x 667.00 (W) x 35.00 (D) mm (Frame)
Purchased 1963
Lent by The National Gallery of Australia
 

6. Small Drawing Room

Artworks

LINDSAY, Percy
Spring morning, Roseville garden
1919
oil on canvas board
21.60 (H) x 39.10 (W) cm
411.00 (H) x 582.00 (W) x 50.00 (D) mm (Frame)
Purchased 1969
Lent by The National Gallery of Australia
 
DUNDAS, Douglas
Morning on Black Mountain
1947
oil on canvas
46.60 (H) x 67.20 (W) (image)
563.00 (H) x 770.00 (W) x 35.00 (D) mm (Frame)
Purchased 1959
Lent by The National Gallery of Australia
 

7. Private Entrance

Artworks

BOYD, Arthur
Sketch of dam near Canberra: evening
(1971-72)
oil on canvas
90.80 (H) x 98.00 (W)
95.70 (H) x 103.40 (W) x 4.80 (D) cm (framed (overall))
The Arthur Boyd gift, 1975
Lent by The National Gallery of Australia
 
NOLAN, Sidney
Inland sea
1950
enamel paint on composition board
92.00 (H) x 60.70 (W) cm (image)
1,042.00 (H) x 730.00 (W) x 30.00 (D) mm (framed (overall))
© The Sidney Nolan Trust / Bridgeman Images 
Purchased 1959
Lent by The National Gallery of Australia
 

8. Small Reception Room

Artworks

LAMBERT, George W.
A garden bunch
1916
oil on wood panel
53.00 (H) x 35.20 (W) cm
764.00 (H) x 586.00 (W) x 40.00 (D) mm (Frame)
Purchased 1978
Lent by The National Gallery of Australia
 
LEASON, Percy
Afternoon nap
c.1935
oil on canvas on cardboard
46.50 (H) x 54.40 (W)
592.00 (H) x 673.00 (W) x 45.00 (D) mm (Frame)
© Mr Max A. Leason 
Purchased 1972
Lent by The National Gallery of Australia
 
MCINNES, W B
Morocco
c.1927
oil on canvas on cardboard
30.60 (H) x 40.80 (W) cm
455.00 (H) x 560.00 (W) x 50.00 (D) mm (Frame)
Purchased 1971
Lent by The National Gallery of Australia
 
BALFOUR, Lawson
Portrait of Pat
c.1944
oil on canvas on composition board
56.20 (H) x 45.60 (W)
722.00 (H) x 622.00 (W) x 65.00 (D) mm (Frame)
Gift of S H Ervin 1962
Lent by The National Gallery of Australia
 

9. Executive Council Room

Artworks

NAPURRULA, Ningura
Untitled
2002
synthetic polymer paint on canvas
152.00 (H) x 91.00 (W) cm
1,500.00 (H) x 905.00 (W) x 30.00 (D) mm (Frame)
© estate of the artist licensed by Aboriginal Artists Agency Ltd
Purchased 2002
Lent by The National Gallery of Australia
 
LEURA TJAPALTJARRI, Tim
Quartet and background
The Peter Fannin Collection of Early Western Desert Paintings
c.1976
synthetic polymer powder paint on artist's cardboard
55.00 (H) x 38.00 (W) cm
560.00 (H) x 391.00 (W) x 45.00 (D) mm (Frame)
© estate of the artist licensed by Aboriginal Artists Agency Ltd
The Peter Fannin Collection of Early Western Desert Paintings, 1998
Lent by The National Gallery of Australia
 

10. Dining Room Hallway

Artworks

OLLEY, Margaret
Katie's quinces
1976
oil on composition board
91.50 (H) x 122.00 (W) cm
1,000.00 (H) x 1,310.00 (W) x 50.00 (D) mm (Frame)
© The Margaret Olley Art Trust
Purchased 1976
Lent by The National Gallery of Australia
 
PERRY, Adelaide
Still life, pears
c.1930
oil on composition board
34.60 (H) x 44.40 (W) cm
505.00 (H) x 611.00 (W) x 40.00 (D) mm (Frame)
© Mr and Mrs James and Barbara Jackson
Purchased 1973
Lent by The National Gallery of Australia
 
BUNNY, Rupert
Portrait of Mary Meyer
1911
oil on canvas
87.00 (H) x 71.50 (W)
1,057.00 (H) x 901.00 (W) x 62.00 (D) mm (framed (overall))
Bequest of Mary Meyer in memory of her husband Dr Felix Meyer 1975
Lent by The National Gallery of Australia
 
BOYD, Arthur
Lovers by a windmill
(1967-68)
oil on perspex
63.50 (H) x 76.30 (W) cm
656.00 (H) x 788.00 (W) x 45.00 (D) mm (Frame)
The Arthur Boyd gift, 1975
Lent by The National Gallery of Australia
 

11. State Dining Room

Artworks

BUVELOT, Louis
The Springs, Terrinallum
1871
oil on canvas
33.00 (H) x 51.30 (W) cm
520.00 (H) x 695.00 (W) x 70.00 (D) mm (framed (overall))
Gift of Ernestine McKellar in memory of her grandfather John Cumming of Terrinallum, Victoria pioneer and pastoralist 1986
Lent by The National Gallery of Australia
 
McCUBBIN, Frederick
Sunset glow
1884
oil on canvas
79.20 (H) x 109.70 (W)
1,115.00 (H) x 1,418.00 (W) x 105.00 (D) mm (framed (overall))
From the James Fairfax collection, gift of Bridgestar Pty Ltd 1993
Lent by The National Gallery of Australia
 
BUVELOT, Louis
The stockyards lake and the big lake, Terrinallum
1871
oil on canvas
33.20 (H) x 51.50 (W) cm (image)
518.00 (H) x 693.00 (W) x 75.00 (D) mm (framed (overall))
Gift of Ernestine McKellar in memory of her grandfather John Cumming of Terrinallum, Victorian pioneer and pastoralist, 1986
Lent by The National Gallery of Australia
 
CHEVALIER, Nicholas
The Survey Paddock at sunset
1861
oil on canvas
89.40 (H) x 120.00 (W)
117.00 (H) x 147.00 (W) x 11.50 (D) cm (overall)
Gift of Mrs Dorothy Gurner 1959
Lent by The National Gallery of Australia
 
McCUBBIN, Frederick
Hauling rails for a fence, Mount Macedon
1910
oil on canvas
71.50 (H) x 101.50 (W) cm
1,012.00 (H) x 1,316.00 (W) x 130.00 (D) mm (framed (overall))
Purchased 1964
Lent by The National Gallery of Australia
 
MCINNES, W B
The harvest
1917
oil on canvas
110.30 (H) x 134.50 (W) cm
138.50 (H) x 163.50 (W) cm (Frame)
Purchased 1969
Lent by The National Gallery of Australia
 

12. Governor-General’s Study

Artwork

LAMBERT, George
Barada Gorge, 30 September 1918
Lent by The Australian War Memorial
 

13. Government House, Canberra

Artwork

SEFFRIN, Nickolaus
Brolga
c.1968
Mild steel - flame-cut and welded.
198.00 (H) x 269.00 (W) x 225.00 (D) cm (approx.)
© Mr Nickolaus Seffrin
Purchased 1969
Lent by The National Gallery of Australia
 

14. The Bravery Garden

15. Ceremonial Lawn

 

Miscellaneous items throughout Government House are on loan from The Australiana Fund.