Government House is the name of many of the residences of governors-general, governors and lieutenant-governors in the Commonwealth and the remaining colonies of the British Empire. The name is also used in some other countries. It generally serves as an official residence and a venue for the governor's official business, as well as for the various receptions and functions hosted by the governor. Sometimes, the term "Government House" is used as a metonym for the governor or the governor's office.
Government houses in the Commonwealth of NationsEdit
Antigua and BarbudaEdit
- Government House, St. John's is the official residence of the Governor-General of Antigua and Barbuda.
- Government House, Canberra, commonly known as Yarralumla, is the official residence of the Governor General of Australia.
- Admiralty House, Kirribilli is the Governor General's official residence in Sydney.
- Government Houses for the state Governors exist also in each state and the Northern Territory:
- Government House, Sydney in New South Wales
- Government House, Melbourne in Victoria; between 1901 and 1930 used by the Governor-General
- Government House, Brisbane in Queensland
- Old Government House, Queensland, used between 1862 and 1909
- Government House, Norfolk Island, residence of the Administrator of Norfolk Island
- Government House, Perth in Western Australia
- Government House, Adelaide in South Australia
- Government House, Hobart in Tasmania
- Government House, Darwin in the Northern Territory
- Government House, West Island in the Cocos (Keeling) Islands
- Government House, Duke Street, Nassau is the official residence of the Governor General of the Bahamas, and formerly of the Governor of the Bahamas.
- Government House, Government Hill, St. Michael, Barbados is the official residence of the former Governors and current Governor-General of Barbados.
- Belize House, Belmopan is the official residence of the Governor-General of Belize.
The British Virgin IslandsEdit
- Government House, Road Town, Tortola is the official residence of the Governor of the British Virgin Islands.
- Rideau Hall in Ottawa is the official residence of the monarch and Governor General of Canada.
- Citadelle of Quebec in Quebec City, Quebec, is a second official residence for the monarch and governor general and is normally occupied for several weeks each year.
- Government Houses or official residences for the provincial lieutenant governors exist also in most provinces.
- Government House (Nova Scotia)
The Cayman IslandsEdit
The Falkland IslandsEdit
Government House, Suva is located on Victoria Parade, Suva. It is the home of the President of Fiji and was built in 1928 to replace the original building – the residence of the colonial governor – which burnt to the ground after being struck by lightning in 1921.
Rashtrapati Bhavan was originally Government House, New Delhi. It was built as a residence for the Viceroy of India. From 1947 until 1950, it was the residence of the Governor-General of India. Since 1950, the President of India has lived in this building.
The Isle of ManEdit
King's House, Jamaica, is also known as Government House.
Government House, St Saviour is the official residence of the Lieutenant Governor of Jersey (currently Lieutenant-General Sir Andrew Ridgway). It is also the official residence of the Duke of Normandy (currently Queen Elizabeth II) as head of state when staying in Jersey.
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- Government House of Baluchistan in Quetta.
- Government House of Khyber Pakhtunkhwa in Peshawar.
- Government House of Punjab in Lahore.
- Government House of Sindh in Karachi.
Saint Kitts and NevisEdit
- Government House, Basseterre, Saint Kitts, is the official residence of the Governor-General of Saint Kitts and Nevis.
- Government House – Former residence of Stamford Raffles and the Governors of Singapore at Government Hill, Singapore, demolished in 1859 and a replica of it currently stands on its former site.
- Government House of Singapore – Currently The Istana, the official residence of President of Singapore.
- Pavilion - Former Government House from 1859 - 1861.
Trinidad and TobagoEdit
Government Houses outside the Commonwealth of NationsEdit
- Government House, Baku, is a government building housing various state ministries of Azerbaijan. It is located on Neftchiler Avenue and faces the Baku Boulevard. From 1924 to 1927, construction of several large government buildings was planned and included in the budget of Baku. In 1934, the Soviet authorities announced a tender for the construction of the Baku Soviet Palace (later renamed the Government House).
- The Presidential Palace houses the executive administration of the President of Azerbaijan. The office is in charge of fulfilling the constitutional responsibilities of the President. The building is located on Istiglaliyyat Street of the capital city, Baku. Built in 1971, it was occupied by the Central Committee of the Communist Party of Azerbaijan. After the restoration of Azerbaijan's independence in 1991, the building was assigned to the President of Azerbaijan and his administration. It was renamed the Presidential Palace in 2003.
- Government House, Hong Kong, is located on Government Hill, Central, on Hong Kong Island. It was the official residence of most of the Governors of Hong Kong during British administration. After 1997, its status as the official residence of the head of the Hong Kong Government was abolished and has been used as a place for mere ceremonial uses. However, when Sir Donald Tsang became the Chief executive of Hong Kong, he reverted it and designated the House as the official residence and office. He moved into the House at the end of January 2006.
- The Palace of the Commissioner in Jerusalem is 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.
- Government House of Thailand – Not an official residence, but the headquarters of the Office of the Prime Minister of Thailand.
- Government House, Lviv, Ukraine – formerly the seat of the Kingdom of Galicia and Lodomeria, a province of the Austro-Hungarian Empire
The United States of AmericaEdit
- Some gubernatorial residences in the United States of America are also named
The Government House.