Lyn Cheedy models the Dingo flour dress
Cherry Cheedy’s daughter Lyn models the Dingo flour dress

Late Yindjibarndi Elder Cherry Cheedy was born on Tambrey Station on 1st July 1927.

Cherry was the fifth child born to her parents Topsy Malcolm and Gilbey and the oldest daughter.

Her Yindjibarndi Aboriginal name was ‘Ngunggutha‘ meaning always leaning/resting on somebody.  All the old people that use to work at Tambrey Station gave her that name.

The dingo flour bag dress was made in the late 1970’s at her house in the Roebourne Village and was made on her old singer sewing machine the type with a handle.

She asked her daughters to save the calico ding flour bags and said “I am going to show you what I am going to do with them later”.

Cherry made the dress for herself to wear and to show her daughters how to make a dingo flour bag dress like the ones they use to make and wear when they lived on the station.

The floral embellishment material around the neckline, cap sleeves, and hemline was recycled and cut from another dress.

Cherry loved sewing, making her own dresses, dolly clothes and she also showed her daughters how to make a pair of bloomers (underwear) the type they used to make on the station.

There were only given one dress per year on the station and it had to last the whole year.  If the dress had a hole in it they were given a patch by station owners and had to mend it.

The dingo flour bag dress was made out of necessity.

This information was given by her daughters.

Rosie, Jane and Marion Cheedy.