Corinda is different. Julian`s great great grandfather, Alfred Crisp, built this magnificent private house – one of Hobart’s biggest and best located – in the early 1880s. More than 130 years after his death, his visitor-friendly family home and its lavish gardens are still very much as he left them.
Inheriting his father’s timber business, Alfred went on to build a much larger fortune. He was at various times a magistrate, a member of the House of Assembly and, repeatedly, Mayor of Hobart. His 10 children went on living here well into the 20th century.
The bed in Alfred’s room is a full King size with deep interior sprung mattress and a quilted latex overlay. The sheets and pillowcases are of best quality cotton.
The bedroom suite named in his honour in his old home has a magnificent view over Hobart’s river and busy waterfront, with cruise ships arriving almost daily. The antique furniture is largely Tasmanian.
The wardrobe, just like Crisp’s principal stock in trade, is of native cedar, dating from around 1860. The chest of drawers with barley twist columns is also of Tasmanian cedar and dates from the same period, as does the cedar chaise longue in the bay window.
The cedar washstand was made by Whitesides of Hobart early in the 20th century, and the Gothic bedside table is of native black oak. Enjoy your trip back in time to the heyday of Hobart Town.
Mary de Middlemore Spode was the daughter of Josiah Spode, supervisor of convicts in the early years of the colony. He was an army officer, a son of the founder of the famous Staffordshire pottery that still bears the family name.
Mary’s claim to fame is that, rather than following her father’s wishes and marrying the man of his choice she eloped with her true love. Their descendant, the well known broadcaster Ellis Blain, married Hettie, grand-daughter of Alfred Crisp, the builder of Corinda.
Mary’s room at the front of the house has a magnificent view over Corinda’s award-winning garden towards Mount Wellington, which often has snow at its summit in winter.
The full King size bed has a padded linen headboard, deep interior sprung mattress with quilted latex overlay and best quality cotton sheets and pillowcases. The carved antique wardrobe is French, circa 1890. The elegant little lady’s chair is of walnut, with original Victorian hand made needlework. One of the bedside tables is Georgian, of solid mahogany, whilst the other was made locally of Tasmanian oak in about 1930.
In the bathroom, a ceramic sink from one of Hobart’s magnificent Henry Hunter mansions stands on a Victorian marble washstand. The cast iron bath with its “four poster” curtained shower is possibly original to the house.
Samuel Crisp started life as a weaver in rural Suffolk, England. His story almost makes one wonder if transportation shouldn’t be reintroduced as a beneficial alternative to present day incarceration.
Samuel’s crime was stealing a sheep from a neighbouring farmer to feed his starving family. Sentenced to transportation for life and arriving in Van Diemen’s land in 1828, aged 24, the young Englishman behaved himself so well that his wife was soon allowed to join him. Having earned his ticket of leave, he set out to make his fortune in the timber business.
He married twice and by the time of his death, aged 84, had 12 children, 80 grandchildren and 18 great-grandchildren. Two of his sons, including Alfred who inherited the business and built Corinda, served as Mayor of Hobart – not bad going for the offspring of a poverty stricken convict.
The full King size bed has a deep interior sprung mattress with quilted latex overlay and best quality cotton sheets and pillowcases.
The furniture in Samuel’s room at Corinda is antique, much of it of local origin. The Gothic wardrobe is of Tasmanian native cedar and dates from about 1870. One of the bedside tables is mahogany, whilst the other, painted with a native fern, is made from Tasmania’s own unique timber, the immensely long lived Huon pine.
Among the many interesting pictures in the room is a drawing by Viv Web, made in about 1920, of the last lioness to be held captive in Hobart Zoo.
The bed is a full king size with deep interior sprung mattress and a quilted latex overlay. The sheets and pillowcases are of finest quality cotton.
The antique furniture includes a beautifully figured 150 year old mahogany wardrobe with ample hanging space, big drawers and deep shelves. The antique oval pedestal table is locally made from the native cedar that was Alfred Crisp’s principal stock in trade. On the walls is a rare set of antique framed lithographs illustrating the Cries of London – quaint phrases called out by street vendors to advertise their wares in days long gone.
Directly overlooking Corinda’s spectacular garden, and almost within touching distance of our 100-year-old Magnolia tree. Decorating the walls in this pretty room is a set of prints dated 1730 depicting the flowers of the four seasons, European style.
The Queen size bed has a handmade interior sprung mattress with quilted latex overlay. The sheets and pillowcases are of finest quality cotton.
A spacious bathroom offers a walk-in shower with Vintage brass and copper fittings.
Alfred Basil Crisp, one of Alfred’s sons, was a keen cyclist in the Golden Age of the bicycle. In 1895 he won Melbourne’s Austral Wheel Race, the oldest continuously run track event in the world and still one of the toughest. In later life, as a successful Hobart lawyer, Basil was one of the pioneers of Clifton Beach, founding what is now Tasmania’s premium surfing colony.
His room at Corinda features a King size bed with handmade interior sprung mattress, latex overlay and finest quality cotton sheets and pillowcases. Framed period photographs of Basil in his heyday decorate the walls.