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Black dress worn by Lindy Chamberlain at the second inquest into the death of Azaria Chamberlain

1993.0107.0012

Black dress worn by Lindy Chamberlain at the second inquest into the death of Azaria Chamberlain

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Description

Lindy Chamberlain was photographed in this dress by the media as she entered and left the second inquest into the death of her daughter Azaria, held in Darwin in the summer of 1981-82. She had previously worn this dress to match, when she dressed Azaria in the black dress with red ribbons that is also in the collection of the National Museum.

Physical description

Black sleeveless dress with a zipper on the back of the dress and narrow straps that tie at the shoulder and a narrow belt at the waist.

Statement of significance

The Lindy Chamberlain-Creighton collection no. 1 contains items relating to events surrounding the death of Azaria Chamberlain. This includes items of clothing worn by Michael and Lindy Chamberlain, props from the film 'Evil Angels' and gifts sent to Lindy and other objects relating to her time in prison.

The disappearance of Azaria Chantel Loren Chamberlain (11 June - 17 August 1980) has become one of the most infamous events in contemporary Australian history. The explanation of her disappearance, that she was prey to a dingo at Ayers Rock (now Uluru), was soon treated with suspicion by the general public. After two coronial inquests, Lindy Chamberlain was convicted of murder and imprisoned for over three years, until mounting evidence forced a royal commission that ultimately resulted in the exoneration of Lindy and Michael Chamberlain by the Supreme Court of Darwin. The National Museum holds the largest public collection of material culture relating to the case.

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