Lindy Chamberlain-Creighton was born Alice Lynne Murchinson in New Zealand. When she was twenty months old her family moved to Australia.
On 17 August 1980, while on a family holiday, Lindy’s daughter, nine-week-old Azaria Chamberlain, was taken by a dingo from a camping ground near Ayers Rock (now Uluru). After two inquests and a police raid on her house, Lindy Chamberlain was tried and convicted of the murder of her baby daughter. She was sentenced to life in prison with hard labour. While inside and outside the prison, Lindy and thousands of others fought to clear her name. Lindy’s fourth child Kahlia was born on 17 November 1982 in Darwin Hospital while Lindy was in the custody of Darwin Prison.
In 1986 new evidence was uncovered and Lindy was released from jail. The 1987 Royal Commission into the affair found Lindy innocent and revealed that a jury would not have convicted if the new evidence had been available. In 1988, after forcing a new law through Parliament, Lindy Chamberlain returned to court and this time the criminal convictions were finally quashed by the NT Court of Criminal Appeal.
Lindy and Michael Chamberlain were divorced in June 1991. In February 1992 she met Rick Creighton while on a speaking tour in the USA; they were married later that year. Now happily married, and residing in Australia’s Hunter Valley, Lindy is an entertaining, articulate person who does seminars, lectures and keynote addresses on a variety of topics including how to deal with stress; grief and forgiveness; privacy and the media’s responsibilities in news reporting; lawyers’ responsibilities to seek the truth and be impartial; and prison life what it is really like inside and how it differs from the the public’s perception; finding faith and perspective beyond religion; and divorce, marriage, and step-parenting.
Recent blog posts about Lindy Chamberlain-Creighton
Posted February 24, 2012 by Mark
“This is the story of a little girl who lived, and breathed, and loved, and was loved. She was part of me. She grew within my body and when she died, part of me died, and nothing will ever alter that fact. This is her story, and mine.” – LINDY CHAMBERLAIN-CREIGHTON On the 17th of August 1980, one of the most enduring mysteries in Australian history began. Azaria Chamberlain, a mere nine weeks old, vanished from the tent her family …
Posted March 4, 2012 by Anne
You might already be familiar with the Azaria Chamberlain case – aka The Dingo’s Got My Baby case – which was later made into a movie starring Meryl Streep as the baby’s mother Lindy Chamberlain. The first inquest found that a dingo took the baby from the campsite in Australia’s outback, but subsequent to a police investigation Lindy was found guilty of her daughter’s murder. On what was undeniably insubstantial evidence, Lindy and her husband were both convicted – Michael …
Posted April 23, 2012 by Anne
Over the weekend the lovely Stephanie from Read in a Single Sitting posted an interview with our publisher Joel Naoum – all the way from Argentina, no less. We thought it was so comprehensive that it deserves a special mention here. Part I “Publisher Joel Naoum says that this risk-taking approach is exactly what underscores the imprint’s market position: Momentum provides an opportunity to “try something a bit bold” in an industry that is known for being reactive and risk-averse. …
Posted May 29, 2012 by admin
MEDIA RELEASE: MOMENTUM BOOKS, Pan Macmillan Australia’s digital-only imprint, today announced that by early August all its titles would be released without DRM. DRM – digital rights management – is the software used on digital content to prevent casual copying by users. ‘The problem,’ said Joel Naoum, Momentum’s publisher, ‘is that DRM restricts users from legitimate copying – such as between different e-reading devices. We feel strongly that Momentum’s goal is to make books as accessible as possible. Dropping these …
Posted June 12, 2012 by Mark
I’m writing this late on Friday night. We’ve been informed that on Tuesday, the final ruling of the coronial inquest into the death of Azaria Chamberlain will be handed down. As someone who has just begun a career in publishing, working on this book has been an amazing opportunity. I had grown up with the case on as background noise. Azaria vanished a little over a year before I was born, and Lindy’s ordeal through the court system, imprisonment and …