Not that many Australian houses lend themselves to being the subject of a 240-page monograph. Whatever their architectural or historical merit, usually there is not enough material to warrant more than a chapter in a larger volume. Our government houses are different: not only do numerous documents and photographs survive in public records, but furnishings survive, and there is also the history of the occupants and visitors to enliven the story.
Ann Toy and Robert Griffin: Government House Sydney
Government House Sydney
by Ann Toy and Robert Griffin
Historic Houses Trust, $69.95 hb, 240 pp, 9781876991401
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Christopher Menz is a former Director of the Art Gallery of South Australia. He has published on the design work of William Morris and Edward Burne-Jones, and is a regular contributor to ABR.
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