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Australian High Commission, London
Australian High Commission, London
Published: 2014/03/19
Channel: William Brougham
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
Shame Australia Shame, Australia HighCommission London Demo.
Shame Australia Shame, Australia HighCommission London Demo.
Published: 2015/03/30
Channel: Occupy News Network
Australian
Australian's in London for the release of Assange occupy Australian Embassy
Published: 2010/12/15
Channel: London Catholicworker
Team Australia Visit the Australian High Commission in London
Team Australia Visit the Australian High Commission in London
Published: 2011/10/06
Channel: WorldSkillsAustralia
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
TEAM INDIA Reception at INDIAN HIGH COMMISSION at CANBERRA
TEAM INDIA Reception at INDIAN HIGH COMMISSION at CANBERRA
Published: 2011/12/24
Channel: Manish Gupta
Refugees Welcome Guerilla Projection onto Australia House, London
Refugees Welcome Guerilla Projection onto Australia House, London
Published: 2016/04/22
Channel: johnny depportation
Brexit from Australian High Commissioner
Brexit from Australian High Commissioner's perspective
Published: 2017/08/09
Channel: Channel Brexit
AUSTRALIA DAY 2017 at the Australian High Commission
AUSTRALIA DAY 2017 at the Australian High Commission
Published: 2017/05/24
Channel: Picture Perfect Productions
Australian High Commission Singapore. New Colombo Plan: LEONIE
Australian High Commission Singapore. New Colombo Plan: LEONIE
Published: 2017/07/27
Channel: Picture Perfect Productions
Clarke in form at High Commission
Clarke in form at High Commission
Published: 2015/06/22
Channel: cricket.com.au
43 Things - Visit Harry Potter film locations - Gringotts
43 Things - Visit Harry Potter film locations - Gringotts
Published: 2015/06/19
Channel: alanjwindow
Opening Australia House - Part 1 (1918)
Opening Australia House - Part 1 (1918)
Published: 2014/04/13
Channel: British Pathé
Presentation of Credentials by High Commissioner H.E. Mr Y. K. Sinha
Presentation of Credentials by High Commissioner H.E. Mr Y. K. Sinha
Published: 2017/02/18
Channel: India in UK
Seal Demo outside Canadian High Commission in London
Seal Demo outside Canadian High Commission in London
Published: 2016/04/22
Channel: julieannboo
I Still Call Australia Home - Human Nature at Australia House, London, 25-Jan-2014
I Still Call Australia Home - Human Nature at Australia House, London, 25-Jan-2014
Published: 2014/01/26
Channel: Tony Scott
Australian High Commission to Paddington Station.
Australian High Commission to Paddington Station.
Published: 2016/01/24
Channel: Eric Stoner
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
Australia Dont Jail Ark Tribe!   Defend Safety On Building Sites   London Solidarity Protest Australia House
Australia Dont Jail Ark Tribe! Defend Safety On Building Sites London Solidarity Protest Australia House
Published: 2010/07/24
Channel: Fourman Films
West Papua Protest in front of PNG High Commission London 2016
West Papua Protest in front of PNG High Commission London 2016
Published: 2016/10/02
Channel: Free West Papua TV
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
London Australian Embassy 19 01 09--MPEG-4 LAN
London Australian Embassy 19 01 09--MPEG-4 LAN
Published: 2009/01/20
Channel: Abnormal13
Australia: Free the Refugees (London vigil)
Australia: Free the Refugees (London vigil)
Published: 2015/03/03
Channel: Karol Florek
SA
SA's High Commission in London is open for S Africans to register to vote
Published: 2014/01/19
Channel: SABC Digital News
Jayson Gillham Album Launch Recital, Australia House, London
Jayson Gillham Album Launch Recital, Australia House, London
Published: 2016/06/25
Channel: Jayson Gillham - pianist
Anzac Day, London 25 April 1919 (1919)
Anzac Day, London 25 April 1919 (1919)
Published: 2014/04/13
Channel: British Pathé
Canada
Canada's High Commission in London sold
Published: 2013/11/29
Channel: Global News
A view of the Australian High Commission from the Arab Shishka joint opposite
A view of the Australian High Commission from the Arab Shishka joint opposite
Published: 2017/06/22
Channel: Michael Smith
Australian high commissioner speaks
Australian high commissioner speaks
Published: 2010/03/12
Channel: myoznetworkadmin
AUKMIN video blog from High Commissioner Paul Madden
AUKMIN video blog from High Commissioner Paul Madden
Published: 2014/03/13
Channel: Foreign & Commonwealth Office
LONDON, ENGLAND - AUSTRALIA HOUSE in London, England
LONDON, ENGLAND - AUSTRALIA HOUSE in London, England
Published: 2017/03/17
Channel: Travel Around The World
Let
Let's Talk Australian High Commissioner
Published: 2016/08/03
Channel: Ayouth TV
Mr Geoff Tooth, Australian High Commissioner to Kenya
Mr Geoff Tooth, Australian High Commissioner to Kenya
Published: 2012/07/30
Channel: Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade
Opportunities Australia Expo - Mar 09 2
Opportunities Australia Expo - Mar 09 2
Published: 2009/04/24
Channel: SJEHawkes
Interview with Indian High Commissioner
Interview with Indian High Commissioner
Published: 2016/09/01
Channel: AIIAvision
Attending a Non-immigrant Visa Interview at the U.S. Embassy
Attending a Non-immigrant Visa Interview at the U.S. Embassy
Published: 2009/06/22
Channel: USEmbassyLondon
3rd International Yoga Day: Indian High Commission organises Yoga camp in London - ANI News
3rd International Yoga Day: Indian High Commission organises Yoga camp in London - ANI News
Published: 2017/06/20
Channel: ANI News
Game Day Finish the Fight Support Senator Xenophon
Game Day Finish the Fight Support Senator Xenophon
Published: 2009/11/21
Channel: LRonHu88ard
Prince Harry at Australia House awards ceremony
Prince Harry at Australia House awards ceremony
Published: 2017/07/05
Channel: AP Archive
123rd Ambedkar Jayanti high commission London
123rd Ambedkar Jayanti high commission London
Published: 2014/05/05
Channel: Ranjit Bodhi
OUR PROTEST MARCH AT THE CAMEROON HIGH COMMISSION IN LONDON
OUR PROTEST MARCH AT THE CAMEROON HIGH COMMISSION IN LONDON
Published: 2017/02/13
Channel: Honore Aliguena
Your Immigrant Visa Interview at the U.S. Embassy: What Not to Forget.
Your Immigrant Visa Interview at the U.S. Embassy: What Not to Forget.
Published: 2011/07/27
Channel: USEmbassyLondon
Sri Lanka Cricket Team at the Sri Lanka High Commission in London - ICC 2013 Champion Trophy
Sri Lanka Cricket Team at the Sri Lanka High Commission in London - ICC 2013 Champion Trophy
Published: 2013/06/20
Channel: John Micheal
Australian High Commission Cuts Sod For Project
Australian High Commission Cuts Sod For Project
Published: 2017/01/23
Channel: Ghana Broadcasting Corporation
Australian High Commissioner urges Britons to be
Australian High Commissioner urges Britons to be 'MORE optimistic' about Brexit
Published: 2017/08/08
Channel: BuzzyNews UK
Australian High Commission Prepares Early Anzac Biscuit Recipe
Australian High Commission Prepares Early Anzac Biscuit Recipe
Published: 2017/04/21
Channel: Storyful News
Australian High Commissioner is keen for a free trade deal with the UK
Australian High Commissioner is keen for a free trade deal with the UK
Published: 2016/12/26
Channel: clipquotes86
Reception at Australia House
Reception at Australia House
Published: 2010/03/04
Channel: The Royal Family
Embassy English Language School - London
Embassy English Language School - London
Published: 2015/12/23
Channel: UK Study - Student Services
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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]

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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External links[edit]

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