Her Honour the Honourable Vicki O’Halloran AO, Administrator of the Northern Territory and representative of the Crown in right of the Northern Territory and Mr Craig O’Halloran, will open the gates of Government House for two special Open Days this weekend to coincide with celebrations marking Her Majesty The Queen’s Platinum Jubilee this month.
Territorians and visitors can explore the historic State Rooms and stroll the majestic gardens at their leisure, with the friendly and knowledgeable Government House staff and Horticulturalists’ on hand to answer questions about the House and its former residents over the last 151 years. Memorabilia from Her Majesty and other Royal visitors will be on display.
Meet and learn about the work of the charities and community groups that the Administrator and Mr O’Halloran are Patrons of through interactive stalls and activities. You can even learn flag-raising techniques and enjoy a sausage sizzle with Scouts NT or learn how to greet someone in Auslan with the Down Syndrome Association of the Northern Territory.
There will be live music, family-friendly activities with Fairy Jill, Corrugated Iron Youth Arts and AFLNT, and refreshments available from the Mela Kulcha Coffee Van.
The Open Days are this Friday 24 June, between 3.00 and 6.00 pm and Saturday 25 June, between 10.00 am to 2.00 pm. Entry is free, and no registration is required.
Quotes from Her Honour the Honourable Vicki O’Halloran AO, Administrator of the Northern Territory.
“The opportunity to welcome people to Government House, particularly those who have never been, is something my husband Craig and I value greatly in this role.”
“People often come to Government House for special events and are reserved to one room or area; annual Open Days allow people to explore the beautiful House and gardens at their leisure and take in the history at their own pace.”
“With so many free and inclusive activities, this is a great outing for the entire family, whilst also educating them on the incredible history of Government House.”
“Her Majesty has always held a strong connection with the people of the Northern Territory, so it is wonderful to host our Open Days this year in her Platinum Jubilee month.”
“The Queen’s Bedroom, named after Her Majesty’s overnight stay in 1982, is always a highlight for people, and we will have the visitor’s books she signed on display.”