Dingo Stole my Baby

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  • Disappearing

    Nine-week-old Azaria Chamberlain disappears from a tent at the Ayers Rock campsite.
  • Tourist finds..

    Tourist finds Azaria's torn jumpsuit, booties, singlet and nappy near the rock.
  • Inquest opens

    First coronial inquest opens in Alice Springs.
  • Dingo killed Azaria

    Coroner Denis Barritt finds that a dingo killed Azaria but someone unknown had later interfered with her clothes.
  • Second Inquest

    Second inquest begins.
  • Lindy Chamberlain trial for murder

    Azaria's mother Lindy Chamberlain is committed to trial for murder. Lindy's husband Michael Chamberlain is charged as an accessary after the fact.
  • Supreme Court trial

    Chamberlains' Supreme Court trial begins in Darwin.
  • Chamberlains found guilty

    Chamberlains found guilty. Mrs Chamberlain receives mandatory life sentence for murder. Mr Chamberlain released with an 18-month suspended sentence.
  • Mrs Chamberlain give birth again

    Mrs Chamberlain gives birth to daughter Kahlia in custody but the baby is taken from Mrs Chamberlain at birth.
  • Chamberlains appeal

    Chamberlains appeal.
  • Appeal rejected

    Appeal rejected.
  • Azaria's jacked found

    Azaria's missing matinee jacket found at Uluru, supporting the Chamberlain's defence case.
  • Mrs Chamberlain released

    Mrs Chamberlain is released from prison on remission.
  • Royal Commission

    A royal commission recommends clearing the Chamberlains of all guilt.
    - 1987 - NT administrator pardons both Chamberlains.
  • NT Court of Criminal Appeal

    NT Court of Criminal Appeal quashes all convictions; declares Chamberlains innocent.
  • Compensation to the Chamberlains

    NT government pays Chamberlains $1.3 million compensation, $396,000 legal costs plus $19,000 for their car which was dismantled for evidence.
  • Cannot determine the cause of Azaria's death

    Coroner John Lowndes cannot determine the cause of Azaria's death and the third inquest records an open finding.
  • Frank Cole

    Frank Cole contacts the producers of telemovie Through My Eyes and claims he shot a dingo at Uluru in 1980 and found Azaria in its jaws.
  • Mr Cole goes public with his claims

    Mr Cole goes public with his claims and says he believes his friend buried Azaria's body in Melbourne.
  • Polive say they will investigate the claims

    NT Police say they will investigate Mr Cole's claims and prepare a report for the coroner.
  • Not to reopen

    The NT Coroner's office decides not to reopen the inquest into the death of Azaria, saying it is not satisfied there were new facts or evidence from the Cole investigation to reopen the inquest.
  • Case Closed

    Lindy Chamberlain-Creighton calls for the case to finally be closed, and for an apology from the NT government.