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December 14, 2020 4 min

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Historical Facts

This beautifully restored 1862 sandstone building set within the grounds of the Queensland University of Technology once hosted grand balls and royalty; and was noted to be the colonial hub of Brisbane. It was the home of Queensland Governors between 1862-1909, since 1910 all Governors have resided at Fernberg in Paddington. Old Government House became a functioning building inside the University of Queensland, up until its move to St. Lucia. As of October 2002, any conservation, management or usage of the building is the responsibility of the Queensland University of Technology (Queensland University of Technology 2006). The building as of 2020 is now a house museum.

Haunting Folklore

Due to its accessibility the Old Government House has been a favoured spot for ghostbusting for some time, especially with the University students that surround it! A quick Google search will show a number of photographs for orbs or strange illuminations taken in, or around this magnificent building.

On Wednesday 1st July 2009, two maintenance workers helping to fix the wiring inside Old Government House roof area had a surprise visit or should that be inspection from a transparent man wearing a top and white pants. The shock of the sighting had both electricians making their way back down to the front desk area at great speed, there of course, they retold their tale.

As they turned to return to their wiring duties, they noticed on the wall an enlarged photograph showing staff at Government House shortly after it had opened. And there in the middle of the group was their man – the Butler did it! In fact, the Head Butler in 1869 to be exact. This must have been one of the fastest ghost identifications on record.

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