Thursday, November 22, 2012

More of a mansion than a tent.....!


Government House and its gardens were part of Perth Heritage Days last weekend, so it was a good chance (along with thousands of others) to have a bit of a look around. Built in 1859/64 this two storey mansion is a touch more 'up market' than the tent pitched a little further up St. Georges Terrace that was home for a while to Perth's first Governor James Stirling and his family back in 1829. Governor John Hampton was the first to enjoy Government House when he moved in in 1863.....
Set on 32,000 sq.mtrs and surrounded by lush English styled gardens, Government House sits between St. George's Terrace, the business centre of the city and the Swan River foreshore. Don't you find the more shots you take of a subject, the more difficult it is to pick out one or two to show. It was a little trickier inside and this is a much better view of the ballroom than I managed to capture, it was all those darned (?) people in the way! It doesn't have that European 'grandeur', but GH does have a friendly, almost colonial feel to it which I'm sure makes visiting 'important people' feel quite relaxed. Not bad digs if you can get them right! Happy Thursday, take care.....


34 comments:

  1. How lovely! Really has quite an English feel to the buildings and the landscape. The gardens look a great place to wander in the hot temperatures you have been having :).

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  2. so lush ... sigh ... so the opposite of how it is here .. cold but not too ... just right for this time of year ..

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  3. Looks like a great place to spend an Australian spring day taking photos!

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  4. This is really a wonderful place, I culd spend here much mora than only 1 day...

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  5. Very nice pictures Grace....that first one has a great composition

    Greetings, Joop

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  6. Looks fabulous! People do tend to get in one's way!

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  7. Preciosas Imágenes y completa descripción.
    Un abrazo.
    Beautiful Pictures and full description.
    A hug.

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  8. Oh, definitely better than the tent!!! Such a beautiful place and wonderful history! Beautiful captures for the day! Hope you have a great weekend! Enjoy!!

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  9. Looks interesting. Love all the red brick.

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  10. What a beautiful building and the gardens are pretty darn nice too! I'd enjoy roaming around here and taking photos. The ballroom is wonderful.

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  11. What a gorgeous building and equally-gorgeous grounds, even with all those people, haha! I wouldn't mind spending a day or 2 here (I also wondered why the Princetonians had to build a bonfire right atop a historic cannon...maybe something to do with it being a British cannon:)

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  12. I like those Heritage days! this place is really beautyful, I like the red bricks style!

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  13. I bet he was beaming the day he moved from the tent! It's a lovely building with fantastic grounds!

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  14. I'm glad to hear that I'm not the only one who has a problem with unwanted people getting in the way of my photo shoots!

    Pretty nice place here, Grace. Love the gardens, too!

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  15. Nice place Grace. As always you have some wonderful shots with some interesting history.

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  16. Oh, how beautiful! You choose such wonderful subjects!

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  17. The gardens look very nice, especially with the water jets.

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  18. What interesting history; and a sturdy building representing the crown!


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  19. I could live there but I would not want to clean it.

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  20. It does look rather grand with a lovely English feel to it! Love the gardens!
    Duncan In Kuantan

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  21. I wouldn't pass up the opportunity to call in on these "digs" Grace. Very impressive. Both the building and the gardens are spectacular. A grand reminder of days gone by.

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  22. Obviously money wasn't a problem ... It's a very grand building Grace & how fortunate you were able to ramble around the grounds with your camera in tow.

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  23. Deve essere un posto da sogno, quel parco è stupendo!! felice giornata...ciao

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  24. That would have been a great building to visit. The gardens are beautiful too. Shame about too many people

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  25. Always nice to have a peek inside in such a place. I am always curious to see how people lived there.

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  26. fantastic looking building and grounds

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  27. It's not uncommon for tourists to spoil tourists pictures!
    A good place to visit for the photographer mind.

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  28. just stopping by to wish you a happy thanksgiving even in you are in australia !
    anni

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  29. Quite a palace... I'd love a tour, but after my turkey today. hahaha Will I be up for it?

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  30. Look at those gardens. Goergeous! Wonderful building too.

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