Elsie Gabori Dibirdibi

I was born on Bentinck island. When I was about 2 or 3 years old our people were all taken from Bentinck island to the mission on Mornington Island because there was a severe fresh water shortage on Bentinck island. I was placed in the dormitory and kept away from my parents. I attended the mission school along with the Lardil children of Mornington Island. I went to school until I turned 15 and then I went to work as a housemaid in the mission house. I was paid about 10 shillings a week but we lived off the land and sea and didn't really need money.

A vacancy opened on a cattle property on the mainland at Kamilaroy and I was sent there to work as a house servant for 3 years before I returned to Mornington Island. I raised a family of 3 girls and 2 boys with my present partner Bob Thompson.

I only had housework to do and was bored. My mum was selling lots of paintings and really enjoyed painting. One of my brothers passed away so I went up to the Art Centre with mum to keep her company and decided to try painting for myself. I found that I loved it as well. I really want to become a good artist like my mum and paint about Bentinck Island and my people and their stories.

Elsie Gabori Dibirdibi

Artworks

10396-17

10396-17

$2,500.00

Elsie Gabori

My Mum's Country - 2017

91 x 121 cm

Acrylic on canvas

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8455-14

8455-14

$1,750.00

Elsie Gabori

Dibirdibi - 2014

137 x 61 cm

Acrylic on canvas

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370-19

370-19

$1,000.00

Elsie Gabori

Minikuri - 2019

56.5 x 76 cm

Acrylic on Arches paper

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282-19

282-19

$1,000.00

Elsie Gabori

Stone Fishtraps - 2019

56.5 x 76.5 cm

Acrylic on paper

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346-18

346-18

$1,000.00

Elsie Gabori

My Country - 2018

76.5 x 58 cm

Acrylic on paper

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157-21

157-21

$2,500.00

Elsie Gabori

Stone Fish Trap - 2021

60.5 x 137 cm

Acrylic on Belgian linen

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217-21

217-21

$2,000.00

Elsie Gabori

Love Rocks - 2021

61 x 135.5 cm

Acrylic on Belgian linen

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10464-17

10464-17

$1,750.00

Elsie Gabori

Nyinyiki - 2017

137 x 61 cm

Acrylic on canvas

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285-21

285-21

$800.00

Elsie Gabori

Bilmee - 2021

51 x 40.5 cm

Acrylic on canvas

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265-21

265-21

$800.00

Elsie Gabori

Fish Trap - 2021

40.5 x 51 cm

Acrylic on canvas

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242-21

242-21

$800.00

Elsie Gabori

Love Rocks - 2021

40 x 50 cm

Acrylic on canvas

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654-19

654-19

$800.00

Elsie Gabori

My Father's Country - 2019

50.5 x 41 cm

Acrylic on canvas

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