Michael Chamberlain’s life to be honoured

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Lindy and Michael Chamberlain enter Supreme Court in Darwin on September 15, 1982. Picture: News Limited

THE family of Michael Chamberlain will farewell him on Monday at a service at the Seventh-day Adventist Church’s Avondale College Church on the Central Coast.

The announcement was made on Friday by his children including his sons Aidan, 43, Reagan, 40 and daughter Kahlia, 34, with his former wife Lindy Chamberlain-Creighton.

It was the disappearance of the couple’s third child, Azaria, that thrust them into the spotlight after she was snatched by a dingo from their tent at Uluru in 1980.

Mrs Chamberlain-Creighton was found guilty of murder and jailed for life in 1982, while Michael was given an 18-month suspended sentence for being an accessory.

They were pardoned in 1986 after new evidence emerged, but had to wait until 2012 for a fourth inquest and vindication when a coroner ruled two-month-old Azaria was killed by a dingo.

After divorcing, remarrying, earning a PhD in education, becoming a teacher and writing several books, he still lamented the case as a “gross injustice”.

“It was one of the worst perversions of justice and forensic science in Australian history,” he said in 2014.

“We had gone as babes in the woods. A Catholic lawyer described us as lambs to the slaughter.

“We had lived by the credo that if you have done nothing wrong, you have nothing to fear. It was dead wrong.”

In 1990 the couple’s marriage fell apart — Michael going on to marry Ingrid Bergner in 1994.

With her, he had daughter Zahra in 1996.

Mr Chamberlain, 72, who was a conjoint fellow at Avondale College.

He died on Monday following complications from acute leukaemia.

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