Artist lost ev­ery­thing in fires in Aus­tralia

South Canterbury Herald - - YOUR LOCAL NEWS - KOREN ALLPRESS

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

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