Michael Chamberlain

Michael Chamberlain
Born (1944-02-27)27 February 1944
Christchurch, New Zealand
Died 9 January 2017(2017-01-09) (aged 72)
Gosford, New South Wales, Australia
Occupation Pastor, teacher, writer
Nationality Australian
Education PhD University of Newcastle
BTeach Avondale College
MA Andrews University
BA Avondale College
Notable works Beyond Azaria / Michael Chamberlain, Lowell Tarling (1999, ISBN  1-86350-277-7)
Spouse Lindy Murchison (m. 1968; div. 1991)
Ingrid Bergner (m. 1994–2017)
Children Aidan (born 1973)
Reagan (born 1976)
Azaria (June–August 1980)
Kahlia (born 1982)
Zahra (born 1996)

Michael Leigh Chamberlain (27 February 1944 – 9 January 2017) was a New Zealand writer, teacher and pastor falsely implicated in the August 1980 death of his missing daughter Azaria, which was later demonstrated to be the result of a dingo attack while the family was camping near Uluru (then usually called Ayers Rock) in the Northern Territory, Australia. Chamberlain's then-wife Lindy was falsely convicted of the baby's murder in 1982 and he was convicted of being an accessory after the fact. [1] The findings of a 1987 royal commission ultimately exonerated the couple, but not before they were subjected to sensationalist reporting and intense public scrutiny. [2] [3]

Early life and pastoral career

Chamberlain was born in Christchurch, New Zealand, the eldest son of Ivan and Greta Chamberlain. [2] His father served as a warrant officer in the Royal New Zealand Air Force during World War II, while his mother was involved with the administration of the Seventh-day Adventist Church in southern New Zealand. [2]

Educated at Lincoln High School and Christchurch Boys' High School, Chamberlain commenced studies at the University of Canterbury but after converting to the Seventh-day Adventist Church in 1965, he left and migrated to Australia. [2] [4] He subsequently studied at Avondale College in Cooranbong and graduated with a Bachelor of Arts (Theology) degree in 1969. [2] He married Lindy Murchison the same year, after meeting her in 1968. [4]

After graduating, Chamberlain worked as a Seventh-day Adventist minister in Tasmania, where Lindy Chamberlain gave birth to two children—Aidan (born 1973) and Regan (born 1976). [2] In 1977 the family moved to Queensland, where Chamberlain produced and presented a radio program called The Good Life, a commentary on lifestyle and culture throughout the northern parts of the state. [2] The Chamberlains' third child, daughter Azaria, was born in Mount Isa on 11 June 1980. [3]

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