The High Commission of Australia in London is the diplomatic mission of Australia in the United Kingdom. It is located in Australia House, a Grade II listed building and is both Australia's first diplomatic mission and the longest continuously occupied mission in the United Kingdom.
A major landmark on Strand, London, construction on the building by the Dove Brothers commenced in 1913 and was officially opened by King George V in a ceremony on 3 August 1918 attended by the Australian Prime Minister William Morris Hughes. The building itself was built over a 900 year old sacred well drawing from the River Fleet, a subterranean river. The well is accessible to this day and will be viewed on the tour.
More recently the building's grand interior was also used as the setting of Gringotts Wizarding Bank in Harry Potter and the Philosopher's Stone, as well as scenes in 2017's Wonder Woman.
Australia House is usually the single largest polling station in Australian federal elections, with more votes being cast at the London polling station that at any station in any of the Australian states or territories.
By kind permission of the High Commissioner for Australia, His Excellency The Hon. George Brandis QC an exclusive tour has been organised for RCS Supporters and Associate Fellows.
The tour will take place from 10:00 - 11:00am on Friday, 4 October 2019.
- £10 for Associate Fellows
- £15 for Supporters, Life Members and RCS Branches
- £20 for guests
- 04 Oct 2019, 10:00 - 11:00
- High Commission for Australia, Australia House, Strand, London, WC2B 4LA