Lindy Creighton Chamberlain
It’s Sunday morning, breakfast time in the Chamberlain household. I’m waiting for my toast and eggs and Michael Chamberlain hands the paper to his eldest son to see if they’ve made the news. Aiden starts the ritual of flicking through the pages. The paper’s full of Sydney Olympics stories.
It’s the year 2000. For a while it seems the Chamberlain family faded from view. This is, obviously, not your average family.
My cameraman colleague and I were in pre-production of a documentary about Michael Chamberlain and his long road to near-normality after being found guilty of being an accessory to the murder of his baby daughter Azaria at Ayers Rock in 1980.
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If things had been different Azaria Chamberlain would have turned 32 yesterday. But instead of celebrating the achievements of the defining years of her adult life, her parents will mark the end of a long and personal road to justice.
After 32 years of scrutiny and four inquests, the landmark case was finally given closure today by NT coroner, Elizabeth Morris who found that after all, it was the dingo that took nine-week old Azaria from the Northern Territory campsite on 17 August 1980.
You’d like to think the relief will be palpable for Lindy and Michael, who have both re-married, with Lindy living a new life in the United States. Their lives have been inextricably shaped by the tragic events of that day and shared a journey you would not wish on anyone.