A turbaned Indian man has appeared on the staircase, and on at least one occasion, sent a witness to New Norfolk Asylum.
Mary Reibey, baptised Molly Haydock, was thirteen years of age when she was arrested for horse stealing in 1791, in Lancashire, England. She was dressed as a man and used the name James Burrow.
After being found guilty of her crime, she was sentenced to seven years transportation, and arrived in Sydney in October, 1792. At the age of seventeen she married Thomas Reibey, who was a junior officer on the ship 'Britannia'. Thomas began a cargo business, and after several years, began to acquire farms along the Hawkesbury River, and started trading in many different resources.
Thomas Reibey II, the eldest of seven children, took up the position of captain on the families trading ship after his father died. At about this time, Mary purchased 300 acres of land, and soon began construction of the Entally Estate in 1819.
Aside from wealthy businessmen, the house had many owners with other honours. Thomas Reibey II had three sons, the eldest of whom he named Thomas Reibey III (making that three Thomas Reibey’s in our tale, I hope you are keeping up!)
Thomas III grew up to become a minister, an archdeacon, and then became elected to the house of assembly, finally to become the Premier of Tasmania through 1876-77. Thomas retired in 1903, and died in his house at Entally 9 years later in 1912, aged 90.
The history of this estate would not be making it into this category without there being a ghost story attached, and the ghost of Entally Estate is quite interesting indeed.
An Indian Ghost?
Entally is said to be haunted by the ghost of a Turbaned Indian. It is said that if you are unlucky, and a woman, you may run into him on the stairs. As you make your way up the narrow flight of stairs, you will come to a part that you will not be able to pass. The air will instantly chill, and then the Turbaned Indian will materialise for a few seconds before disappearing again.
No one is quite sure who this Indian gentleman could be.
Could he be somehow tied to Thomas Reibey and his shipwreck on the Indian Coast?
May the spirit be attached to one of the many antiques collected within the house?