Most government offices were located in Melbourne as well and Government House, Melbourne served as the governor-general's official residence.

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Government House, Canberra, commonly known as Yarralumla, is the official residence of the Governor-General of Australia.

It is located in the suburb of Yarralumla, in the City of Canberra, in the Australian Capital Territory.

The house is set amid 54 hectares (133 acres) of parkland.

The suburb of Yarralumla, which has grown up around Government House, is one of Canberra's most expensive residential areas and also the site of many foreign embassies.

At Government House, the governor-general presides over meetings of the Federal Executive Council, and holds investitures to present honours within the Order of Australia and associated Australian military, bravery and civil decorations.

The governor-general also receives visiting heads of state and other dignitaries and the credentials of ambassadors to Australia, and entertains people from all walks of life.

The Queen of Australia, Elizabeth II, and foreign heads of state stay at Government House when on official visits to Canberra.

Between 1901, when the Commonwealth of Australia came into being, and 1927, the Parliament of Australia met in Melbourne — the capital city of the state of Victoria.

It was only at this time that the governor-general began to use Yarralumla as his official seat, albeit on a limited basis at first.

Between 19 the governor-general continued to live principally at Melbourne's Government House, residing at Yarralumla only during those periods of the year when the Parliament of Australia was sitting.

In 1930, Melbourne's Government House was finally returned to the Victorian State Government for use by the Governor of Victoria.