The Governor

In the Governor's Chamber
In the Governor's Chamber

Each day, Mother prepared the Governor's morning and afternoon tea was served on a silver tray. Freshly baked sponge cake was a favourite.

The Governor has always had an office at Old Treasury where official dealings with the government are still conducted, such as the swearing in of ministers, and signing of legislations. Sir Arthur Stanley was the governor from 1914 to 1920, followed by Lord Stradbroke from 1921 to 1926. Both governors were from England, and returned there after their terms. Around this time, people began to agitate for only Australians to be appointed to the position of governor.

In the Governor's Chamber

The Old Treasury Building has always been the city office of the Governor of Victoria. From 1862 to the present day the Vice-regal routine has included a weekly visit to the Old Treasury to transact official business. This has included giving Royal Assent to legislation passed by the Parliament and giving approval to subordinate legislation as Governor in Council. By tradition, the Governor has been accustomed to meet weekly with a quorum of Ministers in the Executive Council Chamber to sign the legislation.