Artist lost everything in fires in Australia
A former Timaru woman has lost everything in the fires which swept through New South Wales in Australia recently.
Sixty-nine homes in Tathra were destroyed and 39 suffered significant damage as a result of the fires which started last Sunday.
No lives were lost in the fire.
Julie Krone, an artist, who still has friends and family in Timaru, attended Craighead Diocesan School in the 1970s. Krone was in Canberra when the fire happened and unable to grab anything from her Tathra home before the fire hit, her daughter, Gina Hawkes said from Australia.
Hawkes said Krone’s house was a big two-storey dwelling with an art studio attached ‘‘and it’s all completely gone’’.
‘‘All her art, her journals ... every now and then she’ll go ‘oh, oh my god my ...’ and think of something [that she’s lost].’’
Hundreds of Krone’s artworks were lost in the blaze.
Krone and Hawkes’ father shifted to Tathra about three years ago, before the pair separated last year. Hawkes has set up a Go Fund Me page to raise money to help her mum get back on her feet. ‘‘She’s just been sort of made financially independent, by force, and didn’t have a job, just is an artist.’’
Julie Krone’s home