Story: Governors and governors-general

Government House, Wellington, 1880s (5th of 6)

Government House, Wellington, 1880s

In 1871, as part of the package for moving the capital to Wellington in 1865, the government completed a new Government House in that city. Built to a cheaper Italianate design after a Gothic building proved too costly, the house served New Zealand's governors until 1907, when it was needed by the government to house politicians and staff displaced by a fire in Parliament.

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Alexander Turnbull Library, E. R. Williams Collection
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Gavin McLean, 'Governors and governors-general - Vice-regal support', Te Ara - the Encyclopedia of New Zealand, (accessed 13 August 2022)

Story by Gavin McLean, published 20 Jun 2012, reviewed & revised 28 Sep 2016