Official Residences

Official Residences

The Lodge

The Lodge

The Lodge is the official Canberra residence of the Prime Minister and his family. It was built between 1926 and 1927 as a ‘temporary’ residence until such time as a larger house could be built.

In 1925 the Federal Capital Commission engaged Messrs Oakley and Parkes, architects from Melbourne, to prepare designs for a temporary official residence for the Prime Minister of Australia.

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Kirribilli House

Kirribilli House

Kirribilli House has been the Prime Minister’s official Sydney residence since 1956.

The history of Kirribilli House began in 1854 when Adolphus Frederic Feez purchased an area of approximately half a hectare at Kirribilli Point for £200 from J L Travers who at that time owned Admiralty House, then known as ‘Wotonga’. In 1855 Feez erected a Gothic revival style residence, Kirribilli House, on the site.

From 1860 to 1919, ownership of Kirribilli House passed through the Terry, Taylor Lawry and McCrae families before it was advertised for sale on 20 June 1919. The property was purchased by Mr Arthur Allen for £10,000.

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