Who is Dick Roughsey?

By Gwylym Owen

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Dick Roughsey (ca. 1920 – 1985) was an Australian Aboriginal performer from the Lardil language group on Mornington Island in the south-eastern Gulf of Carpentaria, Queensland. His tribal name was Goobalathaldin, meaning “the ocean, dancing”, describing a “rough sea”.:132 He was an responsive and prominent figure vigorous in reviving and preserving the cultural simulation of the Lardil people. His best known works are a series of children’s characterize books that retell acknowledged Aboriginal stories including “The Rainbow Serpent”.

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