Frustum basin design: George Rignold’s Swimming Pool

Toni Warburton, Artist. Blog

Basin design, ‘George Rignold’s Swimming Pool’ pattern 1, water colour on smooth paper. My brother and I learnt to swim in this oyster encrusted tidal rock pool. Our family lived in a boatshed beside the pool until I was six. Our parents spent their weekends working on the excavation and build of their modernist house up the hill. The land was subdivided from the estate of George Rignold, Shakespearean actor and entrepeneur. Rignold had engaged Italian stone masons to construct the sandstone pool as well as dry stone walls around his estate on Gayamaygal land on Middle Harbour. 

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