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Canberra Good Neighbour (Newspaper) - July 1, 1962, Canberra, Australian Capital Territory
His figures Are clean Cut Perth sculptor Dan Mazzotti does his most popular works in the cleanest of materials a soap. It All began when six years ago Dan was asked by a Perth soap manufacturer if he would carve a life size figure from soap for an exhibition. So successful was Dan in carving the 1,6001b. Block of soap that he has been commissioned to carve one or two life size figures every year since a All of them in soap. Today he has made enough figures to fill a Small museum. In Public Dan who came from Italy 10 years ago does most of his work in Public including a three Day stand at the Perth Royal show where Many people come to watch him at work and to ask questions. While soap is Only one of the Many materials he uses Dan has found that it is his work with soap that has made him Well known in Perth and led to him gaining Many commissions. J he recently appeared on Tele i vision sculpting an excellent likeness of his to Host path Alexander during the pro gramme \ no other Dan said recently that he had not heard of anyone else any a where using soap for sculpting. \ he said that it was an easy material to carve and the work j lasted for years. E Dan also paints makes highly individual pottery and does sculpture in materials More con \ vent ional than soap. Dan had Little idea of what the future held for him when a he came to Australia from Ravenna where he had studied a at the Art Institute. He arrived in Perth knowing a Little English and with Only a vague idea of what to do for a a living but he liked the country from the Start. At first he worked As a labourer on construction projects living in a tent in the Bush while on the Job. In his spare time he sketched and painted australian landscapes. After several years of this he returned to Perth and began his own business As a commercial artist. Advertising he later joined an advertising Agency As a commercial artist and has stayed there Ever since. Soon after his arrival in Australia Dan met and married Rina a pretty italian girl who had come to Australia with her family a year before. Rina is my severest critic and i take a lot of notice of her suggestions. Said Dan recently. Dan spends most evenings and weekends at his Art and plans to include a studio and Kiln in the House he Hopes to build shortly. Dan Mazzotti works at a bust in soap while his wife Rina looks on critically. German consular service = = = t = h he West German government has opened a cont sular service in Wollongong for the estimated 4,000 German migrants who live on the South coast of . The service began when the Secretary of the West German consulate in Sydney or. E. Peterson visited Wollongong last month. Or. Peterson interviewed More than 30 German migrants during a stay of three hours in the City. Hie migrants sought advice on personal and Legal problems. Or. Peterson said that the Wollongong service would operate one Day every two months. E a = \ = i = l = i i e e new life for old masters n Art restorer from Yugoslavia is giving new life Toa old masters in Melbourne. He is 46-year-old or. France Benko a vegetarian and yoga disciple who migrated to Australia in 1956. Or. Benko recently completed his biggest australian Job yet the restoration of 40 paintings from St. Patrick s Cathedral Melbourne. The restoration took him a year. I like music while i work especially Wagner and Beethoven he said when interviewed. But he added with a smile not the restoration or. Benko specialises in the restoration of Oil and panel Wood paintings frescoes mosaics China porcelain Church Art and the preservation of antique furniture. Before he came to Australia he worked As a restorer at the risks museum. Amsterdam and the Royal Cabinet of paintings and Nistad Antiques at the Hague where he worked on paintings belonging to the dutch Royal family. In Yugoslavia he was chief restorer at the ethnological museum at Ljubljana. Slovenia and an Art restorer at the National gallery of Ljubljana. He was also a member of the slovenian Institute for the preservation of ancient monuments. Daughter too or. Benko is married with a daughter Nina 14, a Pupil at Essendon High school Melbourne and according to her father she is a very Good in restoring pictures he applies up to 30 Coats of paint on sections which have been damaged. And he uses More than 40 different chemicals in his work. Or. Benko has restored More than 1,000 works of Art since he started his career 20 years ago. These include a a Ming dynasty porcelain Teapot # Louis Xiv chairs # paintings by dutch French and italian masters # Copper vases from archaeological excavations in Italy. Egypt and Yugoslavia. Scenery during his first two years in Australia he painted theatre scenery in his spare time for the slovenian club in Melbourne. His biggest a and most exhausting a Job was the restoration and re painting of More than 300 Square Yards of frescoes in a Castle at a Olenske top lice Yugoslavia in 1951. Frescoe the frescoes completed in 1680. Were damaged by weather when the windows of the Castle were broken during world War ii. I was standing on a scaffold looking up most of the time. It left me with a sense of achievement a and a sore Back he said. France Benko tuna beware in hand picked fishermen from Aalesund Norway have flown 12,000 Miles to port Adelaide South Australia to help introduce a new technique to the australian tuna fishing Industry. The fishermen Are pictured above near the propeller of the new 67ft. Tuna fishing boat Southern Blue Fin. From left Edwin Honningsvaag Ole Langva Skippe Svein Hansen Bjorn Solevaag Seide kneeling Martinus Bakken Harry Hansen and per Abrahamsen. The men were brought to Australia by or. Langva who migrated to Australia from Aalesund a few years ago. Only one Southern Blue Fin which Cost �50,000 to build is the Only boat in Australia specially built for purse Seine net fishing. At present most tuna fishing in australian Waters is carried out by the Poling method. All the norwegian Crew members Are experienced in purse Seine fishing and they plan to fish off the coasts of Tasmania and . Before returning to South Australia in november for the Salmon season. Migrants the six men were nominated As assisted migrants. They work for South australian seafood ltd., a company formed last year to introduce purse Seine fishing to Australia. Before the launching the men were Busy preparing a 300-Falhom Nylon net to be used by he Southern Blue Fin. Equipment the boat s equipment includes two 174-horsepower motors connected to one Shaft with a variable pitch propeller brought from Norway. Audio Echo sounding gear is in the when House and Crew accommodation for ten is above deck. When the six new Crew members arrived in South Australia they found the warm weather a marked contrast to the Snow they had left in Aalesund and i wasted no time in stripping off heir shirts to get a Sun Tan
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