Greeting Card Collection – Mabel Ritchie


Limited edition A6 postcard pack containing eight postcards by local artist Mabel Ritchie.

The collection is called “Dhipalayn” which is “Bird” in Dunghutti language.

Each postcard showcases Mabels love of her native and domestic birds from her childhood.

Some of the postcards are available as A4 and A5 prints.


Superb Fairy-wren

Malurus cyaneus Maluridae

Fairy wrens flitter between the shrubs and bushes, searching for insects caught in spiderwebs. Wrens are very small and curious. They come in many different colours. My favourite is the bright blue male Superb Fairy-wren.

Willie Wagtail

Rhipidura leucophrys Rhipiduridae

Conversation Tree III. Willie Wagtails are known in my culture as the messengers of the bush. They gather together to swap information, then go off alone to deliver messages to the people.

Yellow-tailed Black-Cockatoo

Calyptorhynchus funereus Cacatuidae

Yellow and red-tailed black cockatoos gather together to feed on nuts and cones. Dad told us that when you hear them in the area screeching rain is coming. They follow the rain and stay cool due to their black colouring.

Torresian Crow

Corvus orru Corvidae

Crows Gathering. Crows would come to visit at the farm sometimes. They would gather in the yard, feeding on anything they could find – things like dead wallabies and other smaller animals.

Mother Hen

Gallus gallus domesticus

Mother Hen. I have always had my own chooks as I love fresh eggs. The mother hen is spreading her wings to protect her chicks as they hatch. The chickens come in different colours and sizes


(Gallus gallus domesticus)

Rooster. The rooster is colourful, with a lovely fan of feathers for his tail. He struts around with his chest out, keeping all his hens happy. He crows in the morning at sunrise, and again in the evening as the sun goes down.

Silver Gull

Chroicocephalus novaehollandiae Laridae

Seagulls. Seagulls live near the ocean. They glide over the water, feeding on fish and other ocean creatures. Dad would take us to the beach to collect pippies to eat. The seagulls would gather – wanting to steal our catch.

Black-necked Stork or Jabiru

Ephippiorhynchus asiaticus – Ciconiidae

The storks are dancing as the sun sets. They have long legs and a long neck. They are doing a mating ceremony.

Mabel Ritchie is a Dunghutti woman who was born in Newcastle. Mabel’s family moved back to her father’s home land at Burnt Bridge when she was very young and she grew up there with her brothers and sisters. As a young girl, Mabel loved to watch her aunties and uncles paint beautiful pictures.  Mabel enjoyed painting stories…

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