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Anyone up for a spot of (lawn) tennis? Iconic, multimillion-dollar Orange home on the market

November 11, 2022


By Peter Holmes

Forty-two years after Ernest and Gwenda Shave bought the imposing Byng Street property in which they raised three children, it is time to move on.

The campaign to sell the 25-room Galbally House at 60 Byng Street began in earnest on Friday afternoon. It will be sold via expressions of interest.

The eight-bedroom, three-bathroom house, circa 1917-18, was built on land bought by famed Orange businessman James Dalton in 1855 from the Crown for four pounds.


The Daltons had significant land holdings across Orange.

"Edward Dalton's family lived in the home for about five years until they sold the property to the Catholic Church in 1924 for six thousand pounds," reads the listing.

There are 454 square metres of internal space across two levels, and the property is set on nearly an acre of land.


Tiles on the floor of the hall are original and are described as being "in almost perfect condition".

The exposed timber on the interior is Queensland maple, including the staircase.

"The staircase and stairwell are the most impressive of their type in any private home in Orange," reads the listing.


The Shaves have "meticulously maintained the original features", which include ornate plaster ceilings and leadlight windows.

There is a double garage, tool sheds and a 51-square-metre out house.




The gardens are set off with a true rarity in Orange - a full-size lawn tennis court.

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