Built in 1819 by Thomas Haydock Reibey, Entally House is one of Australia’s most intact Georgian colonial homes.
Mary Reibey, Thomas’ mother and matriarch of the family, was transported to Australia in 1790 for the crime of horse stealing, then aged 13. She would later marry a junior officer of the East India Company who established the Entally name as a successful trading company that owned a number of vessels running coal up the Hawkesbury River in New South Wales.
Following her husband’s death in 1811, Mary became one of the richest and most successful businesswomen in Australia. Today, Mary is most recognisable as the face of the Australian 20 dollar note.
The estate provided the training grounds for the 1884 Melbourne Cup winner Malua, and includes a cricket oval that’s believed to be one of the first in the country; hosting games before Melbourne was settled.
Visitors to Entally may wander through the expansive grounds complete with stables, coach house, chapel and gardens.
Entally House has been in continual operation as an historic house museum since the 1950s and remains open to the public 7 days a week, from 10am to 4pm.
Download the podcast for more history on this enchanting homestead: Entally Estate podcast
Meander Valley Highway
Hadspen TAS, 7290