Media Release by The Hon Jenny Macklin MP

Ned Cheedy

Federal Indigenous Affairs Minister Jenny Macklin has honoured the work of remarkable Australian and Aboriginal elder Ned Cheedy.

Mr Cheedy died yesterday at age 105.

His outstanding contributions over the years helped to improve the lives of Aboriginal people in Yindjibarndi, Western Australia, and beyond.

Last year he was awarded the prestigious NAIDOC Lifetime Achievement Award, which recognised his invaluable contributions to caring for Yindjibarndi law, culture, language and the future of his people.

Born a century ago at Hooley Station in Western Australia, Mr Cheedy worked as a skilled stockman and windmill man on the station.

He later moved to Roebourne Reserve so his children could receive an education.

Mr Cheedy dedicated years of his life to teaching young people about his country and the importance of education.

He became a preacher at the Pilbara Aboriginal Church and travelled across Western Australia helping families affected by alcoholism.

Mr Cheedy was a cultural teacher, custodian and elder in his community for more than 20 years, teaching people about the land and its stories through books and films.

Ms Macklin extended her condolences to Mr Cheedy’s family, friends and community.