Ren­dered new on Rot­tnest

Western Suburbs Weekly - - Money Talks - By DENISE S CAHILL

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.

Pic­ture: An­drew Ritchie­mu­ni­ d459724

Her­itage of­fi­cer Patsy Vizents at the mu­seum.

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