The exterior of government house

Government House of South Australia

Building of the first section of Government House began in 1839. Previous to this, the Governor John Hindmarsh, and then his successor George Gawler, lived in a three-roomed wattle and daub cottage with calico ceiling. However, Governor Gawler had grander plans and commissioned a new residence to be built. The final cost was a not-insignificant £5,000 — greater than a whole year’s revenue for the new colony.

Back in England, a select committee was appointed to inquire into the colony’s affairs and, although he was not overly criticised for his performance to date, in 1841 Governor Gawler was recalled. In 1855–56 and 1872–78, as the fortunes of the colony improved, additions were made to Government House.

Today, Government House remains the official residence of the Governor of South Australia.

The 4m tall structure, known officially as 'The Spheres' by Bert Flugelman, consists of two large stainless steel spheres with a diameter of 2.15 metres, balanced one on top of the other.

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For over 150 years, the South Australian Museum has been committed to making Australia's natural and cultural heritage accessible, engaging and fun and is one of the most visited museums in Australia.

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For over 150 years, the Adelaide Central Market have been run in the space between Gouger and Grote Street and to this day they remain as Adelaide's premier food destination for multicultural cuisine and fresh produce.

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Adelaide Botanic Garden is a lush oasis in the heart of the city, featuring beautifully landscaped gardens, majestic avenues and stunning architecture over 50 hectares of land.

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