The public can view the Government House only twice a year. Visiting it is like visiting the Buckingham Palace to see how the Queen lives.
The Government House can be found in the heart of the Perth City. It has an extensive history which starts with Governor Stirling back in 1839 and ends with the current location of house.
The Open Day tour starts with a walk through the magnificent gardens. This is the home of Her Excellency the Honourable Kerry Sanderson AO. I could not help but wonder if she ever had the time to wonder through the garden, swim in the pool or even just sit momentarily to reflect on her journey to that very point. I later learnt that she walks the gardens every morning with her dog.
The property was well guarded with armed forced and house staff. I could just envisioned the protocol, together with detail meetings, going over every scenario and curve ball that could be imagined.
Besides the array of vintage cars and outdoor activities, the Open Day was magnificently coordinated with indoor activities that would only have many stop in awe … if only for a minute.
As one wandered through the house, one could not help but imagine whose footsteps walked the halls. From Kings, Queen, Princess and Princesses to prime ministers, ministers and governors – these floors and carpets had trails left over hundreds of years.
If walls could talk, I wonder what stories they would say as the elite discuss everything and nothing all within the same breath of the day? I further wondered if most of the rooms were displayed purposefully for the average person to see, or was this how the rooms were set for day in to day out.
One of the more famous features of the house is the living room which was lined with royal photos. Everything seemed to be perfectly in place and every placed seemed to have the perfect thing. Yet, I once again wondered, is this really how the governor and the royals would enjoy an evening dinner? Would these photos be displayed in the same manner or would more meaningful paintings of grandeur take their place.
The stairway to Her Excellency rooms was closed off. At the top of the stairs was a display of a magnificent stained glass artwork. I was instructed to take a photo with the chandelier but unfortunately I found this experience to ruin the whole display. [what are your thoughts?]
The trail soon took us through the State Secretary office. There was a desk with a small dinning table ready for guest. Once again, is this always prepared in this fashion – or was it just on display for the open day.
My attention was soon drawn to the shelves decorated with an array of books. I always believe that a bookshelf can tell you a lot bout a person. Of course I could not have a proper look but I was given permission to take a photo of some books dating back to the 40’s. Of course I could not help but question when the state secretary was last in ‘office’ as the calendar was set on the date of 09 February 2016! Then again – we are in the technology era so why need a paper diary to keep you in the loop of state matters!!!!
A day of this nature could not finish without a proper English ceremonial tea and sandwiches. Of course I would have preferred a scone but they were all sold out. Imagine that!
I made my final rounds through the gardens taking snap shots of roses that were perfectly in bloom. I knew how hard it is to ensure a perfect bloom, so I quietly congratulated the people responsible for the outdoor display of spectacular fauna.
While I could write many more lines to describe my experience, I can only say this. An event like this is well worth the visit. Of course, if you are like me, and wonder if everything is in its place for a purpose, then take the time to see the next Open Day! Of course compare photos – and let me know! Is this the real thing – or is it just for show! Enjoy!