The Tenterfield Saddler
In 1870, an old bluestone and granite building in one of the main streets of Tenterfield, NSW became the town’s saddlery. The business was known as the Tenterfield Saddler.
In the 1980’s, the little workshop became famous when Peter Allen penned a ballad about his grandfather, put it to music and called it the “Tenterfield Saddler”.
For fifty years this quaint blue-granite Saddlery on High Street was the meeting place for those who enjoyed discussions on a wide variety of topics.
Saddler George Woolnough continued to ply his trade, listening, but undisturbed by the chatter and opinions of his friends who wandered in. It was the compassion of George Woolnough that attracted so many to the High Street Saddlery from 1908 until his retirement in 1960.
One famous customer was A.B. “Banjo” Patterson, well-loved Australian poet and author. “Banjo” lived here for a short while and married a local girl, Miss Alice “Bessie” Walker of Tenterfield Station in 1903.
The Tenterfield Saddlery was classified by the National Trust of Australia in 1972. The doors and woodwork are of red cedar, and apart from the replacement of panes of glass and the usual general repairs and maintenance, the Saddlery is in its original condition.
After the first two saddlers, C.H. Pavel and Dan Egan, came George Woolnough, Ted Daly and the present saddler, Trevor Gibson. Trevor now continues the essential, but somewhat rare, occupation in the modern day.
There have been just five Tenterfield Saddlers since 1870, each of them highly skilled in their craft. A good Saddler cares as much for the comfort of the horse (the wearer) as he does for the rider.
Joseph Lyddy supplied Tenterfield Saddler and his clientele right back when Joseph first developed his Saddle Soap back in 1893. Good saddlers know good quality leather saddles need an iconic, trusted, Australian made brand to care for them,
Making a quality saddle requires meticulous skill and above all, patience. After 130+ years, all the devotion and skills passed down from saddler to saddler and generation to generation are now being applied to the creation of Tenterfield’s own clothing and accessories brand. The historic Tenterfield Saddler, after serving the community in saddlery needs since 1870, now offers a wide range of quality merchandise with one exceptional difference:
Everything is made to last.
This range of clothing and accessories are 100% made in Australia and stamped with the official “Tenterfield Saddler Est. 1870” logo.
Call in for a chat, you will usually be lucky enough to see Trevor using his skills in his everyday occupation.
The Saddlery also draws fans of Peter Allen who go to see the home of the famous “Tenterfield Saddler”. Even if you are not a fan, the Saddlery is still certainly worth a visit.
The Tenterfield Saddler
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