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The Residency, Alice Springs

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A palace for Alice - Constructed in 1928, The Residency at the corner of Parsons and Hartley Streets has been a symbol of the brief legislative independence that Central Australia once had from the Northern Territory.   Built as the home of the first Governor of Central Australia, The Residency is the largest and most imposing of the public service houses constructed in the town during the 1920s and 1930s.  With the establishment of the separate provinces of Central Australia and Northern Australia in 1926, an official residency was required for the newly appointed Government Resident of Central Australia, John Charles Cawood.

The Residency is an example of a design adapted to the arid environment. Its concrete floors were laid directly onto the earth, and a breezeway extended through the centre of the house.

Visitors can explore this once gracious home, which was the social, administrative and vice-regal hub of the early township of Alice Springs. The Residency has hosted official guests and royalty including Queen Elizabeth II, many of whom have had a significant impact on Northern Territory history.

Reproduced from “A Wartime Journey - Stuart Highway Heritage Guide” 2006 with permission of the Department of Arts and Museums.

The Residency at the corner of Parsons and Hartley Streets, Alice Springs
The Residency, Alice Springs