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Australian High Commission, London
Australian High Commission, London
Published: 2014/03/19
Channel: William Brougham
Team Australia Visit the Australian High Commission in London
Team Australia Visit the Australian High Commission in London
Published: 2011/10/06
Channel: WorldSkillsAustralia
Indian High Commissioner to Australia stopped from entering a Melbourne gurudwara
Indian High Commissioner to Australia stopped from entering a Melbourne gurudwara
Published: 2017/11/21
Channel: Punjab Exclusive TV
Prince Harry attends a dinner for young leaders at the Australian High Commission in London
Prince Harry attends a dinner for young leaders at the Australian High Commission in London
Published: 2017/07/05
Channel: AP Archive
Clarke introduces his Ashes squad
Clarke introduces his Ashes squad
Published: 2015/06/22
Channel: cricket.com.au
Canada
Canada's High Commission in London sold
Published: 2013/11/29
Channel: Global News
Indian High Commissioner to Australia denied entry into a Gurudwara in Melbourne
Indian High Commissioner to Australia denied entry into a Gurudwara in Melbourne
Published: 2017/11/22
Channel: NewsX
Australian
Australian's in London for the release of Assange occupy Australian Embassy
Published: 2010/12/15
Channel: London Catholicworker
Australian High Commissioner To India Harinder Sidhu On Education In Australia
Australian High Commissioner To India Harinder Sidhu On Education In Australia
Published: 2017/04/30
Channel: IndianExpressOnline
The Queen of Australia celebrates 100 years of Australian diplomatic representation in London
The Queen of Australia celebrates 100 years of Australian diplomatic representation in London
Published: 2010/02/22
Channel: aussiecrowntv
"Open the borders of Australia". The Embassy in London invaded by pro-refugees demonstrators
"Open the borders of Australia". The Embassy in London invaded by pro-refugees demonstrators
Published: 2016/06/20
Channel: Paolo Zeriali
The Embassy: COMING SOON to Channel 9!
The Embassy: COMING SOON to Channel 9!
Published: 2014/10/07
Channel: Channel 9
Diplomatic Enclave with Australian High Commissioner Ms Margaret Adamson
Diplomatic Enclave with Australian High Commissioner Ms Margaret Adamson
Published: 2017/04/09
Channel: Sara Shaikh
Team India meet the Indian High Commissioner to UK
Team India meet the Indian High Commissioner to UK
Published: 2017/06/13
Channel: DNA
High Commissioner of India : Presentation of Credentials ceremony carriage procession 16 March 2016
High Commissioner of India : Presentation of Credentials ceremony carriage procession 16 March 2016
Published: 2016/03/21
Channel: India in UK
Protest at the Australian High Commission in London_Full
Protest at the Australian High Commission in London_Full
Published: 2009/01/26
Channel: Tassie Forests
Bangladesh High Commission Canberra: Suffering Story
Bangladesh High Commission Canberra: Suffering Story
Published: 2016/06/24
Channel: bd plus
Was Trump Right About New US Embassy - London
Was Trump Right About New US Embassy - London's Vauxhall and Nine Elms
Published: 2018/02/18
Channel: Fun London Guides - Julian McDonnell Films
Australian Embassy London * CITY OF LONDON CORPORATION * NCA National Crime Agency Biggest Case
Australian Embassy London * CITY OF LONDON CORPORATION * NCA National Crime Agency Biggest Case
Published: 2013/10/02
Channel: Carroll Trust
AUSTRALIA DAY 2017 at the Australian High Commission
AUSTRALIA DAY 2017 at the Australian High Commission
Published: 2017/05/24
Channel: Picture Perfect Productions
Shame Australia Shame, Australia HighCommission London Demo.
Shame Australia Shame, Australia HighCommission London Demo.
Published: 2015/03/30
Channel: Occupy News Network
VIDEO: Protest at Australian High Commission in London
VIDEO: Protest at Australian High Commission in London
Published: 2015/06/01
Channel: Demotix News
Clarke in form at High Commission
Clarke in form at High Commission
Published: 2015/06/22
Channel: cricket.com.au
Brexit from Australian High Commissioner
Brexit from Australian High Commissioner's perspective
Published: 2017/08/09
Channel: Channel Brexit
New US embassy in London comes with pricey protection
New US embassy in London comes with pricey protection
Published: 2017/12/14
Channel: Fox News
London Australian Embassy 19 01 09--MPEG-4 LAN
London Australian Embassy 19 01 09--MPEG-4 LAN
Published: 2009/01/20
Channel: Abnormal13
Australian High Commission to Paddington Station.
Australian High Commission to Paddington Station.
Published: 2016/01/24
Channel: Eric Stoner
200 protest Lynas plant at Australian embassy
200 protest Lynas plant at Australian embassy
Published: 2011/05/20
Channel: KiniTV
list 1 run 5 Australian High Commission to Paddington Station
list 1 run 5 Australian High Commission to Paddington Station
Published: 2013/07/02
Channel: Knowledgevids
Refugees Welcome Guerilla Projection onto Australia House, London
Refugees Welcome Guerilla Projection onto Australia House, London
Published: 2016/04/22
Channel: johnny depportation
Mr Greg Wilcock, Australian High Commissioner to Bangladesh
Mr Greg Wilcock, Australian High Commissioner to Bangladesh
Published: 2014/04/15
Channel: Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade
Business PNG_Ian Kemish, Australian High Commissioner.mov
Business PNG_Ian Kemish, Australian High Commissioner.mov
Published: 2012/06/20
Channel: EMTV Online
AUKMIN video blog from High Commissioner Paul Madden
AUKMIN video blog from High Commissioner Paul Madden
Published: 2014/03/13
Channel: Foreign & Commonwealth Office
5W 1H: Anti-India protest outside the Indian High Commission in London on Republic Day
5W 1H: Anti-India protest outside the Indian High Commission in London on Republic Day
Published: 2018/01/27
Channel: Zee News
Discussing Nigeria-Australian Trade Relation With Australian High Commissioner
Discussing Nigeria-Australian Trade Relation With Australian High Commissioner
Published: 2016/10/28
Channel: Channels Television
Kamal Haasan Speech @ High Commission of India, London | UK | Tamilsaga
Kamal Haasan Speech @ High Commission of India, London | UK | Tamilsaga
Published: 2017/02/28
Channel: TamilSaga
Clashes outside Indian High Commission | on Republic Day in London
Clashes outside Indian High Commission | on Republic Day in London
Published: 2018/01/27
Channel: ETV Andhra Pradesh
What are the hours of operation of the High Commission of Australia in Vanuatu?
What are the hours of operation of the High Commission of Australia in Vanuatu?
Published: 2013/09/30
Channel: Immigroup Inc
Australia: Free the Refugees (London vigil)
Australia: Free the Refugees (London vigil)
Published: 2015/03/03
Channel: Karol Florek
Video Message from Australian High Commissioner
Video Message from Australian High Commissioner
Published: 2016/06/03
Channel: Walk to a Better World
Australian High Commissioner Harinder Sidhu urges for cooperation in sports and education
Australian High Commissioner Harinder Sidhu urges for cooperation in sports and education
Published: 2017/05/09
Channel: TEN NEWS
Australian High Commissioner Rock Visit
Australian High Commissioner Rock Visit
Published: 2017/12/19
Channel: GBC News
New U.S. Embassy In London Makes A Statement
New U.S. Embassy In London Makes A Statement
Published: 2017/05/05
Channel: Wochit News
Dami Im in London! Instagram Stories January 13 to 22 2017
Dami Im in London! Instagram Stories January 13 to 22 2017
Published: 2017/02/04
Channel: Dami Army Official
Interviews on 23 March 2011 at High Commission London
Interviews on 23 March 2011 at High Commission London
Published: 2011/03/25
Channel: tv786
The Duchess of Cambridge and Countess of Wessex host fashion event at Buckingham Palace
The Duchess of Cambridge and Countess of Wessex host fashion event at Buckingham Palace
Published: 2018/02/19
Channel: Diana - the Royal Family & The whole world
Flag raising ceremony at the Pakistan High Commission London on 23rd march 2017
Flag raising ceremony at the Pakistan High Commission London on 23rd march 2017
Published: 2017/03/23
Channel: tv786
What are the hours of operation of the Australian High Commission to the Solomon Islands?
What are the hours of operation of the Australian High Commission to the Solomon Islands?
Published: 2013/09/29
Channel: Immigroup Inc
Embassy English Language School - London
Embassy English Language School - London
Published: 2015/12/23
Channel: UK Study - Student Services
Seal Demo outside Canadian High Commission in London
Seal Demo outside Canadian High Commission in London
Published: 2016/04/22
Channel: julieannboo
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High Commission of Australia in London
Australia House - geograph.org.uk - 680485.jpg
Coordinates 51°30′46.4″N 0°6′56.6″W / 51.512889°N 0.115722°W / 51.512889; -0.115722
Location Aldwych, London
Address Strand, London
High Commissioner Alexander Downer
Detail of Australia House, London, UK

The High Commission of Australia in London is the diplomatic mission of Australia in the United Kingdom.[1] It is located in Australia House, a Grade II listed building.[2] It is both Australia's first diplomatic mission and the longest continuously occupied diplomatic mission in the United Kingdom.

History[edit]

A major landmark on Strand, London, construction on the building by the Dove Brothers commenced in 1913, but shipping problems caused by World War I delayed completion. It was officially opened by King George V in a ceremony on 3 August 1918 attended by the Australian Prime Minister William Morris Hughes. The cost of the triangular shaped land was £379,756 when purchased by the Commonwealth of Australia in 1912 and building and other associated costs brought total expenditure to about £1 million. The building was designed by Scottish architects, Alexander Marshall Mackenzie and his son, Alexander George Robertson Mackenzie following an architectural competition, the judges of which included Bertram Mackennal, John Longstaff, George Washington Lambert, Fred Leist and Arthur Streeton. The Commonwealth of Australia's chief architect, John Smith Murdoch, travelled to London to work with the Mackenzie firm on the building.

Although an Official Secretary had been appointed to London as early as 1906, the High Commission to London was the first Australian diplomatic mission and one of the most prominent in London.

The building itself, was built over a 900 year old sacred well drawing from the River Fleet, a subterranean river underneath London. The water in the well is clear and has been tested as safe to drink.[3]

Construction[edit]

Much of the building materials used in its construction were imported from Australia. The building is of Portland stone on a base of Australian trachyte. The marbles used include dove-coloured Buchan marble from Victoria, the light and dark Caleula from New South Wales, and white Angaston marble from South Australia. The joinery and flooring timbers include timber varieties from all Australian States but the most prominent of these is black bean, a very hard and dense wood similar to English oak, used principally for panels of the first floor Downer Room where the carvings represent arts and sciences. This work is credited to Messrs Wylie & Lockhead of London and Glasgow.

Modern use[edit]

Government agencies within the High Commission include Austrade, Defence, Materiel (CONDMAT), National Library of Australia and Public Affairs/Media/Cultural. The building's grand interior was 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.

Elections[edit]

Voters at Australia House for the 2007 Australian election

Australia House is usually the single largest polling station in Australian federal elections, with more votes being cast at the London polling station than at any polling station in any of the Australian States or Territories.

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