Ethel Thomas Warthardangathi Bijarrba

Aunty Sally Gabori showed me her paintings when she first visited Bentinck again after being away for such a long time. She gave me one because I am her favourite. Now I am doing the same paintings with my sisters and aunties. Its good painting all day to get away from the house and have a break.

I was born at Oak Tree Point on Bentinck Island or as we call it Lookati. This is on the North side of the island. I was only very small when the missionaries came and took us to Mornington Island. I was asleep when it happened and when I woke up we were on Mornington Island. I missed my parents when we were in the dormitory and we would often run away to be with them. When I was older I worked in the hospital and the mission house. Not long after that I went to Karumba on the mainland and worked on a cattle station. I moved around a few stations and on one, Esmerelda, I met my husband George Thomas.

He came back to Mornington with me and we got married there and had my eldest son there as well. We went back to Croydon on the mainland and was gone a long time. When my husband got sick and passed away I returned to Mornington in time for our people starting an outstation on Bentinck Island at Main Base or Ninjilki.
 
Ethel Thomas Warthardangathi Bijarrba

Ethel Thomas passed away 10th March 2021

Artworks

304-21

304-21

$3,000.00

Ethel Thomas

My Country - 2021

58 x 77 cm

Acrylic on Arches paper

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300-21

300-21

$3,000.00

Ethel Thomas

Bijurra - Pippies - 2021

77 x 58 cm

Acrylic on Arches paper

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256-19

256-19

$3,000.00

Ethel Thomas

My Country - 2019

76 x 57 cm

Acrylic on Arches paper

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224-20

224-20

$1,000.00

Ethel Thomas

Mud Shell Gathering Place - 2020

40 x 50.5 cm

Acrylic on Belgian linen

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628-19

628-19

$1,000.00

Ethel Thomas

My Country - 2019

40.5 x 51 cm

Acrylic and earth pigments on Belgian linen

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616-19

616-19

$1,000.00

Ethel Thomas

My Country, Rukuthi - 2019

40.5 x 50.5 cm

Acrylic, earth pigments on Belgian linen

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509-19

509-19

$1,000.00

Ethel Thomas

My Country - 2019

40 x 51 cm

Acrylic on Belgian linen

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223-19

223-19

$1,000.00

Ethel Thomas

Rainbow - 2019

41 x 51 cm

Acrylic on Belgian linen

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464-20

464-20

$3,000.00

Ethel Thomas

Nyinyilki Swamp - 2020

60 x 125 cm

Acrylic on Belgian linen

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35-21

35-21

$2,000.00

Ethel Thomas

Burrkunda, 2021

40.7 x 50.8 cm

Acrylic on canvas board

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1146-19

1146-19

$1,900.00

Ethel Thomas

Bijarrba, 2019

57.5 x 76.5 cm

Acrylic on Arches paper

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417-20

417-20

$2,500.00

Ethel Thomas

My Mother's Country, 2020

101 x 101 cm

Acrylic on Belgian linen

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