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.

Back of house
From the back, the kitchen is on the right and the two-storey addition on the left. I can't remember what the tower is, I'm thinking water though.

Kitchen & greenhouse
At the back of the house is a courtyard, formed by the house, the garden wall and outbuildings. The glasshouse can be seen beyond the wall.

Judging by photos, the glasshouse/conservatory was used as a outdoor living room. I seem to recall something about it being an early example of a Victorian-type glasshouse that possibly Kate saw on one of their trips to England, but I could easily be confusing that with something else.It is also often said to the oldest conservatory in the country.

Back side of courtyard
The back "wall" of the courtyard. The stone building is the chapel.

Thomas was an archdeacon in Launceston, and endowed the nearby town of Carrick with its Anglican church and part of the church at nearby Hadspen. He was also a Member of the House of Assembly (state government) and State Premier for a year (1876/7).

In chapel
Coach house from garden

The fourth side of the courtyard, the coachhouse and stables, as seen from the garden.

The coach house is the three arches on the left. The door and windows on the righthand wall are one of the stable blocks. On the far right is a brick gateway that leads into what I'll call the farmyard, but that's for later.

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

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...

Behind coach house

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.

Blacksmith 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.

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