Goobalathaldin Dick Roughsey: A legend in art and story

Dick Roughsey is well known to many Australians for his vividly illustrated children’s books The Rainbow Serpent and The Giant Devil Dingo – Jennifer Isaacs explores his life and work and offers her personal recollections of the artist, from his upbringing on Mornington Island to his pivotal role in the early years of the Australia…

Goobalathaldin Dick Roughsey: Taking his culture and stories to the world

Goobalathaldin Dick Roughsey (1924–85) was born on Mornington Island before European missionaries and colonial squatter-settlers established a strong presence in the Gulf of Carpentaria. His mother, Kuthakin (later renamed Minnie), selected a small stretch of coast fringed with pandanus palms to give birth, a place known as Gara Gara (Karrakarra), near Goobirah Point (Kupare). He…

Goobalathaldin Dick Roughsey: Stories of this Land

The first major retrospective celebrating the life and work of artist and Lardil man Goobalathaldin Dick Roughsey (1920–1985) opens at the Queensland Art Gallery (QAG) from 30 March 2019. ‘Stories of this Land’ recognises the artistic and social contributions of Roughsey, a revered elder, artistic pioneer and legend of Queensland Aboriginal art. The exhibition features…