He came alone to Australia at the age of 16 and for some years he worked as an itinerant stockman on cattle stations in central Queensland and the Gulf country.
At the age of 93, the late Dominic was the oldest man in the parish, he was a diligent farmer, an astute stockman and his long life was a model of gentleness and quiet respectability.
Before becoming a cook in the Papunya canteen, he worked, as his name implies, as a stockman at Napperby cattle station.
An unlikely stockman has been stationed at the Santavan cattle yards near Berry Springs, 50 kilometres south of Darwin for the past couple of weeks.
I had imagined Aboriginal jackaroos working for the stockman and once he died he wanted them to be paid their wages and let go.
There's not many men of his stature and influence who can be found out in the outback cold in the midst of the dust and noise of a midnight cattle-loading, working as hard as any of his young team of ringers, stockmen and jillaroos.
For their part, the Aborigines were not only good stockmen on the station, but drawn successfully to droving, with its better pay and travel, until trucks gradually supplanted the drover after the Second World War.
Aborigines who worked as drovers and stockmen on cattle stations were largely ignored until the appearance of works such as Born in the Cattle.
Practically the only work Australian Aborigines once had was as stockmen but the vast majority of those were thrown out of work by the introduction of a minimum wage law in 1966.
While his journey to the region last month lacked the sheep, cattle and stockmen of his previous visit, he said the place had retained its charm.