Norfolk Island’s magnificent Government House was built in 1829 by convicts who were overseen by the Royal Engineers. Today it is the home of the Administrator of NI, the Hon. Neil Pope and wife Jenny. Mr Robert Ness, a Conservation Architect from Sydney, was commissioned in 1998 to prepare a Conservation Plan for the restoration of the interiors of Government House. The aim of the plan was to return the interiors to the 1830’s period. Paint analysis of each room was undertaken and accurate matching of colour and paint to that of the original has been observed. These new paints are hand made, using original 19th century documented recipes relying on traditional ingredients, including ground pigments, to achieve the necessary depth of colour and surface finish comparable to their 19th century origins. Similarly, all fabrics, carpets and furnishings are appropriately documented and authenticated to the period, and additional decorative work must reflect the 1830’s period. The house is generally not open to the public. But on a number of occasions each year, to allow opportunities for people to visit and gain an appreciation of the place of Government House in the rich history of Norfolk Island, its formal rooms are open for Wednesday afternoon (1pm to 3:30pm) for public inspection. Community organisations will benefit from the adult entry fee (children free).