Frequently Asked Questions

Below are some interesting facts and common questions about Government House.

Who was the first Australian-born Governor of Queensland?

Sir John Lavarack was the first Australian-born Governor of Queensland serving as Governor from October 1946 until December 1957.

Who was Queensland’s first woman Governor?

Queensland’s first woman Governor was Mrs Mary Marguerite Leneen Forde AC whose tenure as Governor began in 1992.

How long did Old Government House take to build?

Old Government House took 18 months to build using locally sourced sandstone, volcanic rock, red cedar and hoop pine.

Where was Queensland’s Government House originally earmarked for?

Queensland’s Government House was originally earmarked for construction at a site in Victoria Park.

How were the geographical features and towns named?

Many geographical features and towns have been named in honour of Queensland Governors. They include Blackall, Bowen, Cairns, Mulgrave River, Normanby River and Lamington Plateau.