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All inclusive: Grade 3 students from Leongatha Primary School practice waving goodbye
to Lennie Gwyther in preparation for their roles in Lennie the Legend: 600 Miles to Sydney.
All 620 students at the school will be involved with the production.
Children to bring legend to life
THE legend of Lennie Gwyther contin-
ues to sweep the Leongatha community
as school children prepare to bring his
story to the stage.
Coinciding with recent efforts to erect a statue of
Lennie Gwyther and his horse Ginger Mick in Le-
ongatha, Leongatha Primary School has begun pro-
duction on the play Lennie the Legend: 600 Miles
to Sydney, which will be performed from Monday,
October 17 until Friday, October 21 in Mesley Hall.
Written by Roz Girvan and Janie Humphreys
from Clifton Hill Primary School, the play tells the
true story of Lennie’s legendary 1000 kilometre, 33
day solo journey to Sydney to see the opening of the
Sydney Harbour Bridge in 1932 at age nine.
“He was nine years old with his pony Ginger
Mick,” music teacher Jessica Stein said.
“He arrived just a few days before the bridge
opened and went to Taronga Zoo and met Donald Brad-
man – which our Grade 5s are very excited to be acting
out a big scene at the Sydney Cricket Ground.”
The entire school – including all 620 students –
is involved with the production. Two different casts
each consisting of 310 students – will be used to
tell the story.
“There’ll be about 26 lead characters for the
show,” Ms Stein said.
“There’ll be full singing, full dancing, full act-
ing, sets, props and costumes for a lot of children.
It’s all very busy.”
The play was first performed at Clifton Hill Pri-
mary School, where the playwrights worked. The
principal of Clifton Hill was also a descendent of
one of the characters in the story.
“When I heard about their show, and I knew
about what mayor Bob Newton was doing to get the
statue erected, I figured what a perfect time to jump
on and do the show as well and put it together,” Ms
“We’ve just started rehearsals. We’ve got every-
thing in the show from little preppies as corncobs
through to Grade 4s dressed up as peacocks, as well
as visits to the Taronga Zoo and all sorts of stuff.”
Assisting Ms Stein is Megyn Holland, who is in
charge of costuming. Katrina Hodges is in charge of
sets and props, and there are countless more.
“There are so many of the staff who are involved
with it – whether it be narration teams or backstage
crew,” Ms Stein said.
For more information, contact Leongatha Pri-
mary School at 5667 4600.
Official welcome: South Gippsland Shire Council held a successful citizenship ceremony
in the council chamber last Wednesday, featuring a performance by the South Gippsland
Shire Brass Band. The new citizens and officials were, from left, Justin Alba of Leongatha,
Gippsland South MLA Danny O’Brien, Parvez Pathan of Korumburra, Saifan Pathan of
Korumburra, MJ Gill of Korumburra, Roshi Saini of Korumburra, Shalini Gulati of Ko-
rumburra, Rosario Alba of Leongatha, John O’Brien of Loch, Susan O’Brien of Loch,
mayor Cr Bob Newton, Cornelis Koedoot of Berrys Creek, Francisco Alba of Leongatha,
Pedro Da Silva of Korumburra, and Bernard Silvey of Foster.
Guinea pigs taken
TWO Inverloch children are pleading for their
much loved guinea pigs to be returned after they
were stolen from Nautilus Road, Inverloch, oN
The guinea pigs were in a two storey wooden cage
which had been placed on the naturestrip by the children so
the animals could access fresh grass.
The cage was taken by someone who may have been
unaware the animals were inside and thought the cage had
been placed on the naturestrip as hard rubbish.
If anyone has any information in relation to the
whereabouts of the guinea pigs or the cage, can
they please contact Wonthaggi Police by phoning
POLICE engraved bicycles and affixed anti-theft
number plate screws to cars and motorbikes at the
in Wonthaggi on Sunday.
The day was so successful, police are now planning
to run similar crime prevention operations in other parts
of South Gippsland.
ON the run: police are seeking the identities
of these men in relation to an alleged theft in
Leongatha at 9am on Sunday, July 31.
The men drove in the vehicle shown and were also
seen parked in the main street of Poowong.
Anyone with information is urged to contact Detec-
tive Senior Constable Liza Burrows at the Bass Coast
Criminal Investigation Unit on 5671 4119 or Crime Stop-
pers on 1800 333 000 or online.
LEONGATHA Police are searching for these gar-
den ornaments, among many stolen from front
yards in Leongatha.
If anyone has information on their whereabouts or
those responsible, contact Leongatha Police 56622285
or Crime Stoppers 1800 333 000.
Men wanted by police
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