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I [Love] Being Free from Smoking - Narcotics Education Inc., 1985


I [Love] Being Free from Smoking - Narcotics Education Inc., 1985

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A button badge with blue text that reads "I / [heart motif] / BEING FREE / from / SMOKING / Narcotics Education Inc., 1985" on a white background. There is a pin clip on the reverse.

Statement of significance

This collection contains items relating to the events that surrounded the death of Azaria Chamberlain. The collection includes a number of items that the Chamberlain family took with them on their camping holiday in central Australia, pieces of clothing worn by Lindy Chamberlain, material sent to or made by her in prison and articles that related to the family's lives more broadly. A number of items were collected as evidence by the police and tendered in evidence at the inquests, criminal trial and royal commission into the convictions Michael and Lindy Chamberlain for accessory to murder and for murder.

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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