This is Entally, built about 1819 by Thomas Reibey, son of horse thief & businesswoman Mary who is on our $20 note. It's an Indian name, Bengali it seems from the Wikipedia article, after a "neighbourhood" in Calcutta. Or more likely, after Thomas's father's business that was named after said suburb of Calcutta. His father had been in the East India Company and made use of his connections there to establish an import business in NSW. It is the next generation that had most influence on the property though, the son, also Thomas, and his wife Catherine.
There are many outbuildings, laid out in yards. I am doing individual posts for some buildings.
The layout of the main house is simple: four rooms divided by a central hallway with a wrap-around verandah around four sides. It's a style common in early colonial Australia, often referred to as Anglo-Indian bungalow because that's what it's based on. At Entally, there's a two-storey addition on one side and the kitchen on the other.
The fourth side of the courtyard, the coachhouse and stables, as seen from the garden.
There's something interesting stuff in the coach house, including a lot of agricultural tools and some laundry equipment upstairs, but I'll skip all that and go to the stables. Except for this:
One Chain 🙂
Inside the stable end there a handful of stalls with a harness room at one end.
There were apparently a number of stable buildings on the estate, for riding, carriage, farm and racing horses. I think this particular stable building housed riding, or considering its location, carriage horses.
Harness room. n interesting thing is in here is the stove.
Although I have no idea what is happening with it.
So, onto the farmyard...
At the rear of the coachhouse, there is room for more carriages. That thing on the right, I cannot remember what it was for. I think there was horse power involved in moving something.
Lefthand door (middle of photo) is the blacksmith's shop.
If I recall correctly, this building was one of the stable buildings, cut down (the right side removed) and used as a barn or for storage.
This is a monster and I forget what it is, but it looks like a threshing machine. Up close, it has all sorts of chutes and doors and gadgets sticking out of it.
That's a bit more familiar.
Pretty picturesque rural barn, with obligatory dappled shade from the oak trees.
Oh yeah, that's the house.
Leaving now, along the driveway.