Tenterfield Saddler

A Shop full of memories and quality iconic leather goods

About Us

Welcome to the Famous Tenterfield Saddler - A Shop full of memories and quality iconic leather goods.

In 1870, an old bluestone and granite building in one of the main streets of Tenterfield 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.

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.