- Frank Rusconi
Frank Rusconi (
20 August 1874- 21 May 1964) was a quarryowner and monumental of Gundagai, New South Wales, Australia.
He was born near
Braidwood, New South Wales, the son of a Swiss goldminer and monumental mason. After his mother's death, the family returned to Switzerlandwhile Frank was a child. At age 15, he was apprenticed in first Italyand then Switzerland in the marbletrade.cite web | last = Kerr | first = Joan | authorlink = | year = 1988 | url = http://www.adb.online.anu.edu.au/biogs/A110490b.htm | title = Rusconi, Francis Philip (1874 - 1964) | work = Australian Dictionary of Biography| publisher = Melbourne University Press | accessdate = 2006-07-17]
He settled at Gundagai in 1905. He died nearly 60 years later in nearby Cootamundra having been an active member of the Gundagai community since settling there.
Notable works are:
Dog on the Tuckerbox- a bronze work and not his normal medium
*the Marble Masterpiece, a miniature building constructed of 20,948 individual pieces of marble. Work commenced in 1910 and was completed 28 years later. The work is on display in the Gundagai tourist office. [cite book | last = Butcher | first = Cliff | title = Gundagai: A Track Winding Back | year = 2002 | publisher = A. C. Butcher | location = Gundagai, New South Wales, Australia | id = ISBN 0-9586200-0-8 | pages = page 206]
*tombstones are at Gundagai, Orange, Cudal and Galong cemeteries; the largest and most dramatic is a pair of white marble monuments to the Ryan family at Galong,
*two war memorials at Gundagai
*the marble altar in Tumut Catholic church
* [http://rubens.anu.edu.au/new/australia/gundagai/marble_cathedral/views/ Panoramic close-up views of the Marble masterpiece]
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