With thanks to Penelope Hey.
“Mrs Nellie Payne and Madge lived in Antill Street, South Hobart. Clarice Robertson and her family lived a short distance away on the corner of Davey and Darcy Streets. They played bridge together, were on the same charitable committees, and visited each other frequently.
I can remember going to visit in Antill St. as a very little girl. The house had the most beautiful antique furniture and we children were encouraged to play outside. On one occasion we were provided with a full-size stock whip and happily spent the afternoon trying to make the whip crack. We failed as I suspect the whip was too long for us, or we were too short for it!
Another time we were sent to play in the back room on a wet day and there were beautiful dolls and an exquisitely carved four poster dolls’ bed. It kept us entertained for that visit – playing with these things. Unfortunately on the next visit I succumbed to the fascination of the woodworking bench and the RAZOR SHARP CHISELS. I can personally attest to the strength in Mrs Payne’s hands as she grabbed my arm and pulled me out of potential harm’s way!”