The Residency, Alice Springs
The Residency at Alice Springs was constructed as the home of the Government Resident of Central Australia between 1926 and 1929. Today it houses displays on the European history of Central Australia and the events that changed its past.
Since its construction in 1928, the "Residency", situated on Lot 6148 at the corner of Parsons and Hartley Streets, Town of Alice Springs, has become a tangible symbol of the brief independance and Vice-Regal power Central Australia had from North Australia in Northern Territory history and, combined with other factors, is highly valued by the community.
The building itself, an adaption to life in an arid environment, is evidence of a direct reaction to climate and conditions of an earlier period and represents a unique reminder of regional response to Government and administration that recognised differences in the Territory which are no longer apparent in this age of increased communications, technology and transport.
Almost all individuals who have been resident in the building, or who have had occasion to be official guests, including Queen Elizabeth II, have had a significant impact on Northern Territory history.