Very early in the history of the Order of Perpetual Indulgence Australia there was an extremely significant event that made news all around the world being the death of an infant named Azaria Chamberlain at Ayers Rock on the 17th August 1980. There was much suspicion at the time that the mother (Lindy) was responsible for the infant’s death, but she declared her innocence while blaming a dingo for the tragedy that had struck the family. She was jailed for the infants’ murder and then later released exonerated and a royal commission did find many years later that her claims of the infant’s death at the jaws and paws of a dingo was in fact credible.
At around this time (early 80’s) the OPI Sydney House (or Sisters of Perpetual Indulgence as it was known then) were going through its formative period prior to its first public manifestation at Long Nose Point Birchgrove [now known as Yurulbin Park] but affectionately called Long Nun Point by the OPI since that day, on Saturday 14 Nov 1981.
During this period, because of the scapegoating, stigmatisation, vilification and generally bad press that the Dingo had endured in its trial by media for doing no more than living true to its nature, in much the same way that members of the LGBTQI+ community living as their true selves and nature find themselves at times being scapegoated, stigmatised and vilified by some members of the wider community, the decision was made that the Holy Dingo should be embraced by the Order as a spiritual icon and sacred totem.
Drawing upon these parallels the Great Bitch Holy Dingo has become a cornerstone and fundamental part of the OPI Australia Sydney House and as such as a sacred totem is an entirely unique entity that is not seen in any other House within the world wide movement that is the Order of the Sisters of Perpetual Indulgence.
We praise her wild spirit and are forever indebted for the blessings that she grants us! May the miracles continue unbounded.
- Sister Rowena Keeper of the Holy Doyley