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The first Government House was demolished in 1887, the site is now part of the gardens of the current Government House.
Date notes
We do not know the exact date that Stirling moved into Government House but we know it was in 1834.
Biographical information
In August 1829 Stirling and his family moved to canvas tents near Derbarl Yerrigan in an area today known as the Stirling Gardens, until a temporary wooden building was erected in 1832. Finally in 1834 Stirling moved into the first Government House. The building had issues such as leaking roofs, damp, termites, and no visitors' accommodation, however it was not replaced by a new Government House until the 1850s, well after Stirling had left the colony. [4] In 1831 Colonel J. Hanson noted that Stirling spent most of his time in Perth rather than his Woodbridge residence. [1, p 186]
Links to slaver
Stirling had multiple connections to the slave trade. His intergenerational family businesses traded in slave-produced goods in the United States and Caribbean. His brother Walter Stirling received compensation for the loss of enslaved people in Guiana and Barbados. Stirling was stationed in the Royal Navy at Jamaica, where his Uncle Charles Stirling was Commander-in-Chief. They received prize money for capturing ships, some of which contained slave-produced goods. Stirling's father-in-law James Mangles owned a ship which transported enslaved people between Africa and the Caribbean. [Georgie refs]
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Attitudes around labour
The first permanent Government House built in Perth:
Images notes
This image shows the first Government House built in 1834. A new Government House was completed in 1864 (well after Stirling left the colony), the same building that stands today. [4]