Q&A with Baba Desi

Baba Desi Picture: JESSE GRAHAM

What is something people don’t know about you?

In the 1940’s I decided to run for the Victorian senate, and got around 28,000 votes. I wanted to replace the Union Jack on Australia’s Flag with the Aboriginal flag design.

What has been your most memorable moment?

When I was younger I was a male model and I modelled in an event which the Queen was at, at the exhibition building. That was when they came to Australia for the second time. I used to do a bit of modelling.

Where do you get your fashion from ?

My mother was a dressmaker and I think that rubbed off on me. She used to choose my clothing when I was a kid, and then when I grew up I followed my own taste. Most of my clothing has been given to me by different people and I’ve got so much it’s not even funny. I don’t say no, because it’s all interesting stuff. All the jewellery – that’s also been given, but it’s all been given with love.

What is your favourite television show?


What six guests, dead or alive, would you invite to a dinner party?

No politicians that’s for sure. I have so many friends and people that know of me that I can’t put my finger on who I’d invite. I couldn’t just choose six people. I’m very lucky to have a lot of people as friends.

What event, past or present or future would you like to witness?

I’d like to see the politicians come out of their shell and start helping the people around them, and looking after small business, because small businesses are the lifeblood of the country.

When did you become the Belgrave Wizard?

The media gave me that name; I didn’t give myself that name. I get many names, the children call me the pirate, but that’s only because of the patch.

What’s your pick for coffee in Belgrave

I usually get a cappuccino at Hot Gossip, or if I go to Dr Jorgensens – Earthly Pleasures- I have a chai.

What’s the best thing about living in the Dandenongs?

I’ve been living here 29 years and I love it. Its great – the vibrations are great here. I’m a painter and sculptor and staff maker, and to me there’s a lot of people in the hills that are very creative and I really like that atmosphere.