Lindy Chamberlain-Creighton closeup

LINDY. WHAT’S LEFT TO SAY…

It is a bright and cold and beautiful June morning in New South Wales’ Hunter Valley when Lindy Chamberlain-Creighton comes to the phone and describes the view from her window.

 

Lindy Chamberlain-Creighton in Darwin last week with Azaria’s death certificate.

 “I look out to the mountain and the ribbons of mist in the morning. There are kangaroos, wombats, possums, fruit bats… I even saw a quoll once. They eat everything I plant. I have two days grace when I see the fruit ripening and if I don’t get in quick, they eat the lot,” she laughs.

We settle in for a good, long (very ...

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39 Comments

  • Reply June 20, 2012

    Kate S.

    Lindy doesn’t want to be defined by what happened to her because of that event 32 years ago at Uluru.

    She faced it all with grace and courage. At times the loss and the injustice must been close to overwhelming,

    No matter what happens in life, you can go beyond it with grace and courage. And it doesn’t matter if that wavers from time to time.. That is what I take personally from Lindy’s experience although I never saw her waver.

    A truly strong and noble woman. Thanks for the story.

  • Reply June 20, 2012

    Carz

    Thank you Lindy, for still being willing to show your true self to a country that has caused you such pain.

  • Reply June 20, 2012

    alan

    Wonderful read. Extraordinary. Words fail me

  • Reply June 20, 2012

    Kaz

    Wow, what an amazing interview Wendy. And Lindy, despite your protestations otherwise, your faith, courage, bravery and truth in the face of such adversity is an inspiration.

  • Reply June 20, 2012

    Katherine

    Wonderful piece. Lindy Chamberlain is an extraordinary woman. Her strength of character comes through every word.

  • Reply June 20, 2012

    Belinda

    I hope there more articles to comes, I want to know more about what you talked about its like this article is only just getting started

  • Reply June 20, 2012

    Leah pallaris.

    in life some people get to carry their own cross, and still come out of it alive, Lindy Chamberlain, your faith and hope were tested and you passed.
    POWER to WOMEN, everywhere, your strenght and courage was the LESSON we all can only hope to have in our own lives.
    GOD BLESS you and your family.

  • Reply June 20, 2012

    Marina

    Lindy is one classy lady. Graceful, brave and wise. I wish I could have some of her strength in me to face life’s awful moments which I hope are never the horrific that she has lived through. Amazing woman. Beautiful interview.

  • Reply June 20, 2012

    Tamsin Howse

    Amazing read, truly amazing.

  • Reply June 20, 2012

    Sleuthcity

    Good on Lindy. What dignity and grace in the face of unremitting mob criticism. I was working in the Alice when the trial was on in Darwin. When the verdict came in via ABC TV news the town was in uproar – the local community in Alice and at the Rock knew what dingoes were capable of. How could they find her guilty was the question we all asked. How could the prosecution succeed with its far fetched theory fueled by the infamous Joy Khul who mistook engine dampener for fetal blood. Then Joy destroyed her slides! The prosecution’s theory was pure madness. It was a tragedy for the Chamberlain family. Let it be a case study for all budding lawyers/police and hope that a case like that never happens again. Hats off Lindy. You are an inspiration.

  • Reply June 20, 2012

    Lynne

    It seems that when faced with adversity we have a choice to grow or shrivel up. It seems that Lindy has chosen the former & I gain inspiration from reading her story & the stories of others like her. Garry Lynch, who suffered through the violent murder of his daughter Anita Cobby, is also inspiring in his forgiveness of perpetrators.

  • Reply June 20, 2012

    Prue

    In tears over my lunch. Thank you Lindy and Wendy.

  • Reply June 20, 2012

    sam

    http://housegoeshome.com/2012/06/20/help-not-hate/
    someone else who has been tried by the media

  • Reply June 20, 2012

    Annie Also

    As an atheist I like that she says that forgiveness is something you need to give yourself, not for others to bestow.
    Wonderful interview.
    Thanks Wendy.

  • Reply June 20, 2012

    kelli

    good intereview Wendy. Nice to see no sensationalism or ‘dirt digging’

  • Reply June 20, 2012

    VK

    In hindsight (a wonderful thing, as they say), it seems unbelievable that this ever happened to Lindy Chamberlain. Even more surprising, to me, though, is that she survived it intact.

  • Reply June 20, 2012

    WENDY GREEN

    I’m wondering why Lindy Chamberlain is not The Hoopla’s Woman of the Week?

  • Reply June 20, 2012

    Carole Lyden

    All this is too little too late for Lindy. http://www.psychebuzz.com

    • Reply June 20, 2012

      Wendy Harmer

      Oh, no it isn’t. Never too late. Lindy is full of plans for the future and bright, brilliant and optimistic.

  • Reply June 20, 2012

    Sharon Ellam

    Thank you Lindy & Wendy. I last saw a dingo at the Rock as a 10yo in 1979. I saw it take a boxed fruitcake from the front seat of our 4WD by climbing up into the vehicle as we were surveying a campsite. It ran off shaking its head to remove the wrapping. As a child I had that image in my little head for years with Azaria as I knew it was true.
    More tears fall from my eyes again today as I read this article. Maybe the recent response has been a ‘collective mourning’ that has been allowed to be expressed publicly without the media cynicism & hype finally. That beautiful baby, & those beautiful innocent little boys, will always raise a tear in my eyes.
    Wendy, can you forgive yourself? Will that ever happen? As a Counsellor, all I can say is that with time maybe you might be kinder towards yourself. As a girl who knows how to beat herself up, I often ask ‘What does forgiveness look like?’
    Lindy, I deeply hope that your sons are finally OK too (whatever OK looks like). I remember no-one asking if the boys were OK.

  • Reply June 20, 2012

    Maree

    A truly amazing lady filled with courage and grace. I am so happy for Lindy. Thanks for the interview.

  • Reply June 20, 2012

    Sian Morton

    What a good insight into a truly remarkable woman. I have always believed in her innocence, but I wish I had done more than just sign petitions.

  • Reply June 20, 2012

    Anne

    Thanks for such an inspirational article – great for a reread at times when old scars are exposed and one feels temporarily discouraged!

  • Reply June 20, 2012

    Beth

    Thank you Wendy and thank you Lindy . I was 11 years old when Azaria was taken. the story touched me profoundly and was a defining moment in my childhood. It was the first time I realised that you can’t trust the Australian legal system. I remember being so shocked that so many adults could be so wrong.The other day when the inquest finally resolved the case I attempted to explain to my daughter (who is 11 this year) why this news meant so much to me. Sometimes it takes a long long time for the Truth to set you free.

    • Reply June 24, 2012

      Sharon Ellam

      Beth we must have inhabited the same rainbow. Same age – similar defining moment. I explained it to one of my children as I cried last week. My child solemnly listened.
      Forever in my memory as it was also the same year that I was first abused. The 10yo inside of me has that whole year mixed up together. Truth – justice – fear – abandonment. One day I hope she’ll come out the other side of the rainbow with a clean face. x

  • Reply June 20, 2012

    Benison O'Reilly

    A privilege to be able to read this. What a woman. I’m disturbed just thinking about the innocents in gaol, without Lindy’s amazing strength of character and family support.

  • Reply June 20, 2012

    Georgie

    What a fabulous article! The thing I most like about Lindy is that, even after enduring decades worth of condemnation, she still has the generosity to forgive. Good for you, Lindy – and thanks for sharing your wisdom.

  • Reply June 20, 2012

    Mez

    Lindy is a National Treasure. It would take most of us five lifetimes to acquire the wisdom she has. I would love her to do a series of talks or workshops. Her lessons in dignity, self belief and resilience would be priceless for our young people. But most of all and above everything, I wish Lindy and her family every peace and happiness for the future xx

  • Reply June 21, 2012

    Sere

    Beautiful woman with such a strong character is Lindy

  • Reply June 22, 2012

    dramaqueen75

    Thank you Lindy and thank you Wendy
    An inspiring and thought provoking read

  • Reply June 24, 2012

    Pusskin

    Thank you Wendy, for this truly beautiful story. And thank you, Lindy, for living a life of grace.

  • Reply June 26, 2012

    Mel

    If her faith is the mainstay of what brought her through, Lindy is a wonderful exemplar for Christianity (or any other faith). Her stoicism and wisdom now is something she is giving back to a country which appeared to have abandoned her and certainly doubted her. For my part, I am humbled. Thank you for the revelations.

  • Reply June 29, 2012

    felicity

    truly inspiring…. great work wendy! lindy your determination and strength is something we can all learn from x

  • Reply June 29, 2012

    Miranda

    Lovely article, thanks Wendy. You come across kind of humbled by Lindy, which I suspect is the way a lot of Australians are feeling by now. Her trial appears to have been a horrifying example of groupthink. I eagerly await her book, her words and wisdom have often provided me with comfort.

  • Reply June 30, 2012

    More

    I learned the power of apology and forgiveness when my sister died last year. We’d had a major disagreement that kept us apart for ten years. It was only when I made a conscious effort to put the issue aside that my sister apologized – I forgave her instantly and apologized for my part too. From that point I felt we saw each other. I was with her for the last three months of her life and it was one of the greatest gifts – I glimpsed some of the beauty and mystery of death, it was not how I’d expected at all. Wendy, perhaps you and your writing team could assist Linda to communicate more of her wisdom through your site? (I recall the day of the verdict. I thought ‘Have I missed some vital piece of evidence? I never believed she was guilty, the whole trial was a disgrace).

  • Reply July 6, 2012

    Margy

    This article was sensitively and beautifully written. There is so much to learn from Lindy. It is hard to fathom that Azaria died so long ago and yet she and her family are very much a part of our story today. Thankyou Lindy for forgiving those who caused so much hurt and grief to you and your family. It reminds me of the words Jesus spoke as he was crucified: ” Forgive them Father for they know not what they do.” It is hard for us to comprehend what you have suffered but this article helps us to see what a beautiful person you have become.

  • Reply July 24, 2012

    Rhoda

    I have often thought of Lindy and what she has gone through – is still going through. She is one in a million and I salute her.

    I used to cringe when I saw the awful graffiti. People forgot they were joking about the death of a baby girl.

    And there were few voices raised above the noise of the rabble. It has damaged the national character. I can’t ever think of the outback without thinking of Lindy and Azaria and what was done to them.

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  • Reply February 11, 2014

    Jan Lindop

    I never thought Lindy was guilty. Never.

    As for Schapelle the $2M would be better spent on the farmers of Australia who are doing it very tuff. $2M would go a long way to feeding all the starving cattle so that there would be less suicides by farmers. Shame on Channel 7.

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