Government House has a history unique in Australia. It was not built to vice-regal standards, but as a functional house and office for the representative of the colonial Government of South Australia. Back in the 1870s, Government House was a modest centre of government in the north yet a landmark in comparison to the other early buildings and residences of the times.
It has endured some of the worst extremes of climate but has withstood the best efforts of Wet Season and Dry Season, cyclones, white ants and air-raid bombings in World War II.
The various Government Residents and Administrators and their changing roles have combined to produce an interesting and diverse continuum of Territory history, the one constant through all of which has been Government House.
Government House remains a house for the people of the Northern Territory and stands as an iconic symbol of both endurance and adaptability.