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Lennie’s tale inspires

THE history of Lennie Gwyther has transformed the profile of Leongatha.
For three years, the Lennie Gwyther Statue Committee worked hard to bring the story to life in the town.
A statue of Lennie and his horse Ginger Mick was unveiled in Leongatha last October, and committee member Glenn Wright said there is still more work to be done yet.
Lennie was a nine year old Leongatha boy who rode his horse 1000 kilometres to Sydney to witness the opening of the Sydney Harbour Bridge in 1932.
At the Scots Pioneer Church Ecumenical Pleasant Sunday Afternoon in Mardan South on Sunday, Mr Wright discussed plans to commemorate this further.
Some of the plans include featuring a display of the Sydney Harbour Bridge near the current statue, more signs and a map showcasing Lennie’s story.
Signs would be located near Lennie’s farm Flers outside of Leongatha and will be seen from the Great Southern Rail Trail.
Mr Wright said total funds for the project were yet to be raised, but the committee was hopeful the project could be completed by the middle of the year.
Another massive project – which is still in its infancy – is a film. The committee has made some enquiries to people in the film industry about portraying Lennie’s story, but nothing is set in stone yet.
Mr Wright said the reaction from the community and visitors to Lennie’s story had been amazing.
“There has been enormous interest. Lots of people stop to have a look at the statue and take photos,” Mr Wright said.
“It has been very well received and people love learning about the story.”
Mr Wright said the story is also relayed to tourists who visit the Sydney Harbour Bridge, which is raising the profile of Leongatha nationwide.
Lennie Gwyther postcards and fridge magnets can also now be purchased from the Leongatha Newsagency.

Lovely afternoon: Glenn Wright gave a presentation about Lennie Gwyther, and Graeme Drury and Phil Benson performed music at the Scots Pioneer Church Ecumenical Pleasant Sunday Afternoon in Mardan South, on Sunday.

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