Lindy Chamberlain-Creighton was born Alice Lynne Murchinson on 4 March 1948
in Whakatane, on the North Island of New Zealand. When she was twenty months
old her family moved to Victoria, Australia. Her father was a pastor, and they
moved to pastor new churches often, usually once a year.
Educated in Victoria, Lindy matriculated at Benalla in 1965. Lindy
worked vacation jobs as a waitress, shop assistant and clerk. Later Lindy worked
as a receptionist and book keeper.
On 18 November 1969, she married Michael Leigh Chamberlain, who
was also born in New Zealand. Shortly after marriage, Lindy and Michael moved
to Tasmania where they lived for five years. Michael was also a pastor at that
time. Their first child, Aidan Leigh was born on 2 October 1973. In 1974 Lindy
received her dressmaking, tailoring and drafting certificate at Launceston Technical
College. The Chamberlains then moved to northern Queensland where Reagan Michael
Chamberlain was born in Bowen on 16 April 1976. During their time in Queensland
Lindy specialised in making wedding dresses to order as well as performing the
normal duties of a clergyman's wife with high church involvement. Later they
moved to Innisfail, then on to Mt. Isa where on the 11 June 1980 Azaria Chantel
Loren Chamberlain was born.
On 17 August 1980, while on a family holiday, nine week old Azaria
Chamberlain was taken by a dingo from a camping ground near Ayers Rock. 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 Shonell Nikari
Chamberlain was born on 17 November 1982 in Darwin Hospital while Lindy was
in the custody of Darwin Prison.
In February 1986 the missing matinee jacket was found along with
several other items and after two previous appeals against Lindy's sentence
had been rejected, the Northern Territory Government remitted Lindy's life sentence
and she was immediately released from jail and announced a Royal commission.
The 1987 commission found her innocent and revealed that a jury would not have
convicted if the new evidence had been available. In September 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 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, on December 20th. They lived in Seattle for several years,
returning to Australia in late 1998.
Lindy is quite literally our own piece of 'living history'.
Very happily married, and residing in Australia's Hunter Valley, Lindy is currently
working on a book for children, as well as another on grief and forgiveness.
There is still enormous media interest in Lindy and her life. She 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.