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Guide to Tocal

Dining room

The dining room was used for entertaining in the Reynolds’ time at Tocal, but it was converted to a bedroom during the Alexander era for the elderly Alexanders and later the Curtis sisters. Part of the verandah was enclosed and an ensuite installed. The ensuite was removed during conservation work on the house in 1986.

The elegant fireplace surround is made of unusually light-coloured marble with a Colonial neoclassical design. It suggests that this room may have been intended as the drawing room, as traditionally dining rooms had a dark fireplace surround.

The large piece of furniture in the far right corner is a dumb waiter made of Australian cedar, an important and stylish dining room accessory in the 1850s and 60s. A system of gut strings enable it to be transformed into a side table.

photo of dining room