Wednesday, 12 August 2015

Special occasion

I had a really special occasion last week. I was so excited; I felt like a celebrity.
Best bib and tucker
Piles of makeup
I was invited to a reception at Government House. The occasion was part of the 30th Anniversary celebrations for the Darwin Chorale. Honestly I was floating on air for days.

The House of Seven Gables
No armed guards
The invitation looked very grand with the gold crest and formal expressions.

We were asked to dress in Territory Rig. This means a long sleeved shirt, long trousers, and a tie for the men. Ladies are expected to wear a short dress suitable for a special occasion. Of course I wore my very best and fretted for days about the correct handbag.

Surrounded by louvred verandahs
Not a leaf out of place
I have been to Parliament House on many occasions but Government House is the home of the Administrator. We have an Administrator instead of a Governor because we are not yet a state. The Administrator is the representative of the Governor General and the Queen. It is a nominated position.

Some of us on the terrace on that gorgeous tropical evening
The house is called the House of Seven Gables and was built in 1839. When royal families visit the Territory they stay there, and yes there are heaps of visits. It's rather nice around here and royal families tend to make big investments. The Administrator and his family have a flat at the back of the building.
The gardens are always immaculate.

We had the reception on the terrace on the eastern side of the building. Stewards served both alcoholic and non-alcoholic drinks. There were tiny things to eat. I was really impressed by the lovely speeches, but I guess you do not rise to such an exalted position if you can not do these things extremely well.
We had to be very careful when we snapped photos. Copyright is a major issue there.

1 comment:

  1. Sounds like quite a do! Thanks for explaining "Territory Rig" - I wouldn't have had a clue what that was.


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