Michael Chamberlain to be farewelled


Michael Chamberlain, who waged a bitter, decades-long battle to prove his baby daughter Azaria was killed by a dingo in the outback, is set to be farewelled at a funeral on the NSW Central Coast.

The 72-year-old unexpectedly died in Gosford Hospital last Monday as a result of complications from leukaemia.

Chamberlain's ex-wife Lindy is expected to be among the friends and family who will pay tribute to the well-known Australian at a 2pm service at the Avondale College Church in Cooranbong on Monday.

The Chamberlains made international headlines in 1980 when their two-month-old daughter was taken from the family tent while they were camping in Uluru.

The tragedy sparked one of the most sensational and long-running cases in Australian legal history, with the pair being charged over Azaria's death.

Both were pardoned in 1986 but had to wait until 2012 for a fourth inquest and vindication when a coroner ruled their daughter was killed by a dingo.

The Chamberlains had three other children - Aidan, Reagan and Kahlia - and divorced in 1991.

Both remarried, with Michael going on to forge a successful career as a writer and academic at the University of Newcastle.

He and his second wife Ingrid have a daughter, Zahra.

The former Seventh Day Adventist pastor also become a carer for his wife in recent years after she suffered a debilitating stroke in 2011.

It's expected Lindy Chamberlain-Creighton, who rallied around her children and appealed for privacy in the wake of her former husband's death last week, will attend Monday's service.

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