Hettie Crisp, Basil’s elder daughter, was Julian’s grandmother. In the 1960s gave up city life to take over and run a dairy farm just south of Kingston. During the great Tasmanian bushfires of 1967 she saved the farm by standing outside with a hosepipe, saturating the nearby greenery, the farmhouse and the cattle sheds while the fire and its aftermath raced through.
Hettie’s ground floor room at Corinda features a King size bed with padded mahogany headboard. The handmade interior sprung mattress and latex overlay were made for us right here in Hobart by A H Beard, a specialist bedding firm founded 120 years ago. The sheets and pillowcases are of finest quality Egyptian cotton.