28611 Albany Highway
Tenterden, WESTERN AUSTRALIA
28611 Albany Highway, Tenterden, WESTERN AUSTRALIA
The Traveller's Rest

Historical

Lomas Toovey
The Travellers Rest is situated in Tenterden, on approximately 100 acres which was first settled in 1865 by Lomas and Sarah Toovey.
Lomas and Sarah arrived in Australia in January 1851. They were the parents of eight children. Lomas was an educated man and a butcher by trade. Sarah was an accomplished seamstress.
Their success at gaining a mail contract enabled them to purchase land in Tenterden.
Lomas and Sarah’s property become well known in the district as they had a ready supply of fresh water and Lomas had obtained a grant that allowed them to open a hostelry, which became a regular stopping place for travellers and mail coaches.
It is this hostel that became Travellers’ Rest in the 1880’s.
It was a twelve-room house built of stone, with men’s quarters, large barn and stables with a large garden to supply fresh fruit and vegetables not only for Travellers’ Rest, but for the local market in Albany also.
In the late 1860’s Lomas handed over Travellers’ Rest to his son in-law John Pretorous Gillam, who applied for a liquor licence in 1886 and his application was granted and the Travellers’ Rest Inn was established.
It was now that Lomas and Sarah retired to Albany. The Inn operated until 1926, when it was delicensed.
Lomas passed away in April 1890 aged 60 and Sarah in 1893 aged 61.
In 2010 Peter and Beth Slater purchased the property and set about converting the old Inn into a bed and breakfast.
Lomas and Sarah arrived in Australia in January 1851. They were the parents of eight children. Lomas was an educated man and a butcher by trade. Sarah was an accomplished seamstress.

Their success at gaining a mail contract enabled them to purchase land in Tenterden.

Lomas and Sarah’s property become well known in the district as they had a ready supply of fresh water and Lomas had obtained a grant that allowed them to open a hostelry, which became a regular stopping place for travellers and mail coaches.

It is this hostel that became Travellers’ Rest in the 1880’s.

It was a twelve-room house built of stone, with men’s quarters, large barn and stables with a large garden to supply fresh fruit and vegetables not only for Travellers’ Rest, but for the local market in Albany also.

In the late 1860’s Lomas handed over Travellers’ Rest to his son in-law John Pretorous Gillam, who applied for a liquor licence in 1886 and his application was granted and the Travellers’ Rest Inn was established.

It was now that Lomas and Sarah retired to Albany. The Inn operated until 1926, when it was delicensed.

Lomas passed away in April 1890 aged 60 and Sarah in 1893 aged 61.

In 2010 Peter and Beth Slater purchased the property and set about converting the old Inn into a bed and breakfast.

While the building renovations have been completed, the gardens are in the process of being rebuilt.
While the building renovations have been completed, the gardens are in the process of being rebuilt.
Sarah Toovey