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Lindy and husband Rick at Channel 7's 'TV Turns 50, The Event That Stopped a Nation', at Star City on 17 September 2006.


Thirty years on Lindy Chamberlain-Creighton - now 62 - is married to her second husband - American-born John (known as Rick) Creighton after being divorced from her first husband Michael Chamberlain in June 1991. Lindy met Rick while on a speaking tour in the USA in February 1992. They were married later that year on December 20, lived in Seattle for several years and returned to Australia in late 1998 where they now live in the Hunter Valley.

While Lindy says she can forgive - though not forget - she admits there are still times she wants to give some people 'a good smack' remembering the traumatic and stressful lost years she spent fighting in court to prove her innocence over her nine-week-old baby daughter Azaria's death and the three years she languished in Darwin's Berrimah jail.

And forgiveness, Lindy says, is not about forgetting there was wrong done to you, but about moving on.

'It's the dark patches in your life and the heavy patches that you build the happiness and life's lessons on,' she says.

'What you are doing by stewing over something that somebody has done wrong is renting them a room in your head and that is the most private space we have.'

Lindy and Michael Chamberlain arrive at court in Sydney on 1 January 1987.


Michael Chamberlain, now 66, has also re-married. He wed Ingrid Bergner in 1994 and they have a daughter Zahra, now 13.

Michael has written three books - Beyond Azaria: Black Light White Light, Cooranbong, first town in Lake Macquarie 1826-1996 and his third book Beyond Ellen White: Seventh Day Adventism in Transition.

In 2003 Michael ran unsuccessfully as a Liberal Party candidate. Since then he has been teaching History and English in an aboriginal community in country NSW. He also taught at Gosford High School until he retired from teaching in 2008.

Lindy and Kahlia at launch of Channel 7's mini-series Through My Eyes on 20 October 2004.


Kahlia Shonell Nikari Chamberlain was born in Darwin hospital on November 17, 1982 at the time her mother was in custody in Berrimah jail. She was fostered with the Miller and Hughes families until her mother was released from jail when Kahlia was 3.

She married software developer Adam Mills in Borneo in 2007 and was walked down the aisle by her four 'dads' - Michael who handed Kahlia to Wayne Miller who then gave her to Owen Hughes who finally handed her to Lindy's husband Rick Creighton.

'My precious daughter has willpower and guts and passion,' Michael says. 'She was born in an abyss and to come out of there and rise above it all is her truly shining achievement.'

Lindy and eldest son Aidan Leigh at the 1993 People's Choice Awards in Sydney.


Aidan Chamberlain, now 36, married Amber Martin in the Sunshine Coast's hinterland in 2006. His bride-to-be arrived at the wedding ceremony in the same yellow Torana in which the Chamberlain family had driven to Uluru in 1980 when Azaria disappeared. It was also the car which the late forensic pathologist Joy Kuhl had claimed contained 'foetal blood' around the base of the dashboard which was key evidence in Lindy being convicted of the murder of Azaria. This blood later turned out to be 'sound deadener' which was sprayed on during the car's manufacture.

After the case concluded the car was returned to the Chamberlain's who kept it and it now bears the numberplate 4ENSIC. At Aidan's wedding Lindy said her son had been scarred by the loss of Azaria but made 'angry with life' by rumours that he had been responsible for her death.

'The rumour went around that I was covering for either of the boys,' Lindy says.

'We hoped Aidan didn't know about the rumours about him but of course he did find out.'

Home portrait of Lindy with sons Aidan and Reagan, and daughter Kahlia in January 1989.


Reagan Chamberlain, born in Bowen, Queensland on 16 April 1976 was asleep in the tent at the Uluru campsite along with Azaria when she disappeared. Reagan found himself at the centre of more rumours after author Buck Richardson's 2002 book Dingo Innocent suggested that the then four-year-old's parka was stained with Azaria's blood and his mother was covering up for the fact that he killed his baby sister.

Because of his age at the time of the tragedy Reagan Chamberlain never gave evidence at the official inquiries. But five years ago - when Reagan was 28 and employed as a careworker - he finally spoke of that night and said he had been aware of a dingo entering the tent the night Azaria disappeared.

'I got called quite a number of pretty things at the time,' Reagan said.

'I got called baby killer. I probably got called every swear word under the sun. Other children would say things to me, probably whatever their parents would tell them.'

By Patrice Fidgeon

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