Old Government House, 1955

This 1955 photograph shows the building in Parliament grounds originally built as Government House. After the Parliament House fire of 1907, this building housed Parliament, and the governor lived at Palmerston North until the new (present) Government House was ready. Later it housed the parliamentary restaurant, Bellamy's, until it was demolished in November 1969 to make way for the Beehive.


Alexander Turnbull Library
Reference: 1/2-177172; F
Photographer: Morrie Hill
Permission of the Alexander Turnbull Library, National Library of New Zealand, Te Puna Matauranga o Aotearoa, must be obtained before any reuse of this image.

How to cite this page: 'Old Government House, 1955', URL: http://www.nzhistory.net.nz/media/photo/old-government-house-1955, (Ministry for Culture and Heritage), updated 16-Jul-2014

Community contributions

greg worth
03 Dec 2009
The Cyclopedia of New Zealand (Wgtn Prov Dist) has an entry for my Grt-Grandfather,Charles Frederick Worth,which states that he was the contractor for the plastering decorations at Government House. Is there any other record of this or photographs of the work?

What do you know?