Play­ing is­land ‘pest’

Western Suburbs Weekly - - Health -

JOHN Bene­dict Lo­mas was known as a pest on Rot­tnest Is­land.

The con­vict was sent to Aus­tralia from the UK twice, the sec­ond time to Rot­tnest Is­land.

“No-one seems to know why, but the Gover­nor built him a house on the vil­lage ground,” Rot­tnest Vol­un­teer Guides As­so­ci­a­tion vol­un­teer Wayne En­der­s­bee said.

The build­ing is known as Buck­ing­ham Palace and a veg­etable gar­den be­hind it con­tains fig and lemon trees, which Mr Lo­mas grew when he lived on the is­land.

Mr En­der­s­bee will play the role of Mr Lo­mas and other char­ac­ters as part of the Ghosts, Myths and Leg­ends one-hour walk­ing tour on the is­land that will run ev­ery Tues­day night through the Easter school hol­i­days.

The vol­un­teer of eight years said he had only vis­ited Rot­tnest twice be­fore sign­ing up for the vol­un­teer train­ing.

Visit www.rot­tnestis­ for more in­for­ma­tion on the school hol­i­day ac­tiv­i­ties.

Pic­ture: Matt Jelonek d466056

Wayne En­der­s­bee will play con­vict John Lo­mas.

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