Unlike most of the other houses in the precinct, the previous occupants of this house have been from a variety of government departments. Upon its completion, the Director of Mines, W A Hughes, first occupied the house, from July 1939. In late January 1942, Hughes was advised that the house would be required to accommodate United States Army Forces. One month later, on 19 February 1942, the Japanese bombed Darwin. The Australian Navy took over administration of the house from 5 March and it would appear that USA forces were billeted there for a few weeks at most. By August 1943 it was being used as the Navy Captain’s office.
Mines house is now leased by John Toohey Chambers.