Government House, Port Frederick

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Government House
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Government House, c. 1930s
General information
Architectural style Classical
Location Port Frederick, ABNY
Construction started 22 November 1834
Completed 26 January 1836
Cost £18,470[1][2]
Owner Crown Estates Trust

Government House is the official Port Frederick residence of the New Ingerland sovereign. It is located in the City Centre, on the south bank of River Maria. The mansion was constructed in the classical style, and occupies a position at the top of High Street, where it has commanding views across the river mouth and the South Pacific Ocean.

History

Government House was constructed by convict labour between November 1834 and January 1836. It was formally occupied by Alexander I when he arrived in Port Frederick on the 18 February of the same year. The new sovereign found the house to be: "small, but suitably modest for a settlement of such modest means". Extensions and renovations were first undertaken in 1844, the unfortunate result of which was the contamination of the drinking supply, and subsequent death of the king of typhoid fever.

With the inauguration of Kingsbury in 1868, the court departed Port Frederick, and occupied to newly completed Kingsbury Palace. James I however continued to use Government House, and often spent the winter and summer months in Port Frederick in preference to remaining in the national capital.

After Philip I came to the throne in 1911, Government House ceased to be summer residence of the Sovereign, who instead opted to stay at his private estate at Station Creek.

Use

Since the death of James I in 1911, the house has ceased to have a regular occupant, and instead used for state occasions and official entertaining. Nevertheless, various official engagements and ceremonies are still held at the house, such as investitures and official audiences. Garden parties are also conducted in the summer months.

When not being used for official functions, much of house, including the state rooms and the former royal apartments, are open to the public.

The Prime Minister of New Ingerland maintains an apartment in the gatehouse of Government House, and will often stay if he has engagements that make travelling back to Kingsbury unnecessarily onerous.

References and notes

  1. The cost of building is given in Pounds sterling for the year 1835. In today's money, the cost of the building comes to GBP £1,920,000; GPP £145,536
  2. Officer, Lawrence H.; Williamson, Samuel H (2014). "Five Ways to Compute the Relative Value of a UK Pound Amount, 1270 to Present". http://www.measuringworth.com/ukcompare/. Retrieved 16 January 2016.

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