In 1980, nine-week-old Azaria Chamberlain was taken by a dingo from her family's tent near Uluru in Australia's remote Northern Territory. Her body was never found. In a terrible miscarriage of justice, her mother Lindy was wrongfully convicted of her daughter's murder and sentenced to life in prison. It was seven years before the conviction was overturned. This is the true story behind a tragedy whose echoes reverberated around the world.
"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
"Page after page demolishes the myth and fables that have been spun around a nation's obsession with the baby's disappearance." – The Sydney Morning Herald
"What first struck me on meeting Lindy was her sense of humour and surprising lack of bitterness. Here is a woman who has been under such macabre and intense public scrutiny and yet through all the tabloid hysteria they haven't managed to capture the real Lindy at all. There are so many myths about Lindy and the Chamberlain case that have still not been dispelled and to read this book is to get closer to the truth behind the story that has continued to fascinate Australia for the past 24 years." –Miranda Otto, Actress, Lord of the Rings Trilogy
Previously published as Through My Eyes in 2004.
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About the Author
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.