Round House volunteer Nan Jackson loves telling the story of Fremantle

Nan Jackson at the Round House.
Nan Jackson at the Round House.

WITH a pyrotechnics and dangerous goods licence Nan Jacksonis not your ordinary Round House volunteer.

Ms Jackson aid she was bored at home and needed a job when she started working at the historic Fremantle building.

“I went to a lecture which suggested volunteering and the Round House was the only thing available in Freo,” she said.

“I enjoy meeting people from all around the world – most people are on holiday so they are usually in a good mood.”

The Round House is the oldest Government building still standing in Fremantle.

Ms Jackson has been volunteering for the past 10 years and said she has to do more than just tell the story of the building.

“We tell the history of Fremantle, they want to know where the cappuccino strip is, why are the markets only open on weekends, those things,” she said.

“The building is very unique due to its shape, its one of the most significant historical settlements sites in Western Australia.

“We do a lot of tours for school groups and tell them stories about how the servants who first came here didn’t know how to clean a fish or pluck a chook.”

As for being an expert in pyrotechnics, the Hamilton Hill resident said she gets to fire the cannon.

“The cannon was actually gifted to us by the Fremantle Dockers,” she said.

“The children get disappointed that we don’t use the cannon more.”

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