Rendered new on Rottnest
THE 159-year-old Rottnest Island Museum has been given a new lease of life.
The acrylic paint on the exterior walls of the 1857 building has been stripped back and replaced with render and a white wash.
Rottnest Island Authority heritage officer Patsy Vizents said the essential work meant the building, which was the same age as the chapel across the road, would be standing for many more years to come.
Ms Vizents said the museum building was built as a mill and barn, with doors and windows added between 1910 and 1914.
“It’s where the Australian Army boys camped,” she said.
During the restoration painters found a seashell embedded in the wall, but Ms Vizents said this was not too much of a surprise.
“The walls are made of limestone and groundup shells,” she said.
However, unveiling ventilation shafts either side of the one door was unexpected.
“We had no idea they would be there,” Ms Vizents said.
Heritage officer Patsy Vizents at the museum.