Alfred Crisp was one of Colonial Tasmania`s richest men. He was at various times a magistrate, a member of the House of Assembly and, repeatedly, Mayor of Hobart. His timber business, Crisp and Gunn, eventually became Gunn’s – notorious in recent years for pulping old-growth forest.
But not in Alfred`s day. A cultured connoisseur, he chose the very finest native timbers for the exquisite joinery that is such a feature of Corinda today. Huon pine and Tasmanian cedar abound throughout the house. The richly polished staircase is solid blackwood. The floors are of Baltic wainscot, and even the decorative details of the exterior are carved to look like stone from durable Huon pine – a timber that lives for hundreds of years and is unique to Tasmania.