It was repossessed by the mortgagor, George Rudd, in 1846. Triabunna House was a public house and shop until 1859 and was finally sold to Robert Robinson as part of George Rudd’s bankrupt estate for 275 pounds. Although it was a large house, the timber extensions were made in the late 1880’s. It is thought that Robert Robinson built the buttressed front windows and doors to advertise the stone from the Okehampton quarry.
The shop specialized in clothing, dress materials and haberdashery. Annie Robinson was a dear old lady who always wore a cap. She wrote to her son, Fred, saying “Its is well I can earn my own living and don’t want for pensions”
A meal cost 2s 6d with a choice of 2 soups, 2 entrees, 2 meats with vegetables and a choice of sweets with tea or coffee. All the food was locally produced, for they had their own cows, poultry and vegetable garden. Apples and pears can from the Rostrevor Orchard, a mile away which for many years was one of the largest orchards in the southern hemisphere.
Text & Information sourced from signs around the streets of Triabunna.