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Government House Open Day

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by Geraldine Massey (subscribe)
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History, rides, a ballroom and a ghost
This weekend, the Governor of South Australia, His Excellency Rear Admiral Kevin Scarce and Mrs Liz Scarce will be personally welcoming guests to Adelaide's Government House, the oldest continually occupied Government House in Australia, on Sunday 23rd March 2014. You're invited to come along to experience its grandeur and learn about the inner workings of the House.

The day begins at 10 am with activities and entertainment right through until 4pm. To celebrate the 175th Anniversary of the Royal Agricultural and Horticultural Society of South Australia the open day will feature refreshments for sale, musical entertainment and Royal Adelaide Show attractions on the lawns.

There will be free rides for children on the grand carousel, animal exhibits, laughing clown amusements, wood chopping demonstrations, a V8 car display and sheep dog trials. Entry is free with an optional gold coin donation supporting the Agricultural and Horticultural Society of South Australia Education Fund.

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Government House is a beautiful example of Georgian Regency architecture. It replaced the original 'Government Hut', which was destroyed by fire. Major works took place between 1839 and 1847 with additions in 1855 and further improvements from 1863 to 1869. Other renovations were conducted at various times during the twentieth century.

Since Government House is the private residence of the Governor's family, and the formal rooms are constantly used for official functions, it is not routinely open to the public. So take this rare opportunity to soak up the history in a fun, carnival atmosphere that will be enjoyed by the whole family.

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When: Sunday 23rd March 2014 10:00am - 4:00pm
Where: Cnr King William Road & North Terrace, Adelaide
Cost: Free - Optional gold coin donation for the Royal Agricultural & Horticultural Society of South Australia Education Fund
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