Dick Roughsey was born on Langu-narji Island in the Gulf of Carpentaria in 1924. His name is loosely translated from his tribal name Goobalathaldin, meaning ‘rough seas’. After meeting Percy Tresize in 1962, he began to develop his bark paintings into a form more suited to paper, and his children’s books, The Giant Devil Dingo and The Rainbow Serpent were the result of this.