After a bricklaying career of an amazing 64 years Dante Gaspari is throwing in the trowel to go fishing. But in taking his well-deserved retirement, he can say in his time he’s built everything from embassies, to houses and schools to pizza ovens. Dante came to Canberra from Ascoli, Italy in 1960 with his twin brother and older brother who had all been trained in bricklaying in their home town and were already working in their chosen trade. He has spent his whole working life in Canberra, living in the home he built in the 1970’s.
Dante said he’ll miss bricklaying, especially meeting new Canberrans, and putting his own stamp on a little part of their lives. He said “You leave something behind, something that’s quality”, a justly proud sentiment not dissimilar to what we hear often from bricklayers, in the catchcry ‘I built that!’
As the Canberra Times reports, the three brothers immediately set to work, boarding in O’Connor and building government homes in Canberra’s inner north and south. The red bricks they transported and laid were sourced from the Yarralumla Brickworks and stamped with ‘Canberra Commonwealth’.
‘From the Maltese Embassy in O’Malley to Narrabundah College and a bevy of backyard pizza ovens for friends in the inner south, Dante’s bricklaying skills are responsible for some of Canberra’s most significant and treasured brick structures.’
‘Gaspari Bros became builders in their own right, building many quality homes in Canberra over the years for the sales market. Former builder and long-term friend Duscan Cavic described Dante as “a very good person and an extremely good and reliable bricklayer”.’ Become a Builder
On behalf of ABBTF, I would like to thank Dante for his dedication to high quality bricklaying over the course of his extensive career and wish him a long and happy retirement, enjoying the fishing and much more.
ABBTF Regional Manager NSW-ACT