About Us

Purchased by Geoffrey Ritchie and his partners Phillips and Palmer in 1902 and still owned by Ritchie’s descendants, Delatite has a rich history. First known as ‘Head Station’, the first home built on the property (in the 1830’s) by the Hunter brothers was a bark hut about 250 metres north east of the current homestead. The next owner Dr Rowe (around the 1850’s) named the property Loyola. It wasn’t until the partnership of Chenery and Goodman that it was renamed Delatite.

During the late 1850’s or early 1860’s the Chenerys constructed a fairly substantial homestead complex, of
which one section still remains. Henry Ricketson purchased the property from the Chenery family and constructed the main house and the stone and brick stables in the late 1880’s-early 1890’s.

Chris’s Cottage is thought to have been originally built in the 1860’s as the unmarried men’s quarters. In the 1920’s all but the chimneys were demolished and it was rebuilt in poured concrete.
Bob’s Cottage was built in the 1930’s to house the property’s first full-time gardener.

Today, Delatite’s 1800 hectares is grazed for Beef and Fine wool production.