The Northern Territory's Government House soon begins celebrations to mark its 150th anniversary.
This significant milestone has been recognised by Her Majesty, Queen Elizabeth II.
The Queen has issued the attached message to Territorians to mark the occasion.
Construction on what was then known as 'The Residency' began in 1870 and was completed in 1871, with further additions and modifications in 1879 and the 1930s.
The House has weathered tropical cyclones, earth tremors of various degrees of intensity, and it has also been a part of tumultuous occasions of human drama, including civil riots and the first attack by a foreign power on Australian soil.
It is regarded as one of the most significant elements of the Territory's history and remains a constant part of its future.
The resilience and determination of the House very much reflects the character of the people of the Northern Territory, and today the House is regularly used to promote, celebrate and recognise the outstanding achievements of Territorians through publicly attended events.
NT Administrator Vicki O'Halloran invites Territorians to visit, explore and enjoy the history of Government House and its grounds with two special Open Days on August 5 and 6.
Attendees will be able to view the State Rooms and gardens of the House along with other historical items on loan from the Museum and Art Gallery of the Northern Territory and other local organisations by registering for a free ticket at one of the selected session times.
For more information visit the Government House website www.govhousent.com.au
Administrator O'Halloran said: "Few buildings in our nation have been the focal point of, or witnessed such wide ranging events as our Government House. I look forward to welcoming and sharing the House with the community through various events over the next 12 months to celebrate "The House of Seven Gables"."
"I encourage Territorians to attend our Open Days and learn more about the fascinating history of their Government House and its residents over the last 150 years."
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