Entally House

Entally House

This article will be taking a closer look at the spirit of Entally House, located in Hapsden, 15 kilometers South West of Launceston, Tasmania. Who is this turbaned male Indian entity that materializes on the staircase, and why is he linked to the property?


Sneaky Mary

The house was built in 1819 by Thomas Haydock Reibey – son of Mary and Thomas Reibey. His mother, Mary, was a bit of a girl really – she was arrested and charged with stealing horses back in 1791, in Lancashire.

This resulted in her being sentenced to seven years transportation, and she arrived in Sydney in October, 1792.

It was here that she met her husband-to-be, Thomas Reibey.

entally estate

Now, Thomas was a bit of a razor-sharp businessman, and he ended up with several successful companies. When he died in 1811, Mary took over all the businesses and they became even more successful.

She retired extremely wealthy, in 1830.

Mary Reibey died on the 30th of May, 1855 – she outlived five of her seven children. She had been involved in numerous charities supporting local areas – she has even featured on the Australian $20 note since 1994!!!

The businesses were then left to her eldest son, Thomas Reibey II, who began building the Entally Estate in 1819…

Mary Reibey
Mary Reibey

The Entally Ghost

Entally House was named after a suburb of Kolkata, in India. Thomas decided to honor a merchant who had aided his father in India many years before, by naming the estate, and the house, after the area this man lived – Entally.

The Entally ghost first hit the headlines in 1954 when a Melbourne-based newspaper, The Argus, published a story on it.

The article mentioned a woman who had ran into the ghost in Entally, and had been so traumatized, she ended up being sent on to the New Norfolk Asylum to recover.

Over the years there have been other sightings of this ghost – an apparition that appears as a Turbaned Indian.

Locals believe that he only ever appears to you on the stairs of Entally house…and he can only be seen by women.

These days the staircase is cut off half way – so if you walk up them, you will arrive at a section you will not be able to pass. This is the point where he appears.

Witnesses claim that the air suddenly turns freezing cold on the staircase and the Turbaned Indian suddenly appears for a few seconds, before disappearing again.

Paranormal experts believe that this Indian spirit is somehow linked to Thomas Reibey, and his experiences with the merchant in suburb of Kolkata. Others believe that Reibey brought back a possessed item from India, and his son unwittingly placed it in the house he built.

What do you think?

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