The Chamberlain case: nation, law, memory

Deborah Staines (Editor), Michelle Arrow (Editor), Katherine Biber (Editor)

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Deborah Staines, Katherine Biber and Michelle Arrow have put together a remarkable compendium of documents produced from the Lindy Chamberlain case. This case gripped the nation in the 1980's and continues to haunt us. The editors have brought together the judgments, the most famous and insightful essays on the case, and new material reflecting upon the significance of these events. There are powerful themes in this book - religion, gender, the media, Uluru, Aboriginal knowledge, science, popular culture, memory and national identity, Especially important is the inclusion of Lindy Chamberlain's own reflections, 25 years later, which remind us that the case is about that saddest human experience, the death of a child. Whilst the rest of the nation looked on, fascinated, LIndy reminds us that we denied this mother her space to grieve.
Original languageEnglish
Place of PublicationMelbourne, Vic.
PublisherAustralian Scholarly Publishing
Number of pages305
ISBN (Print)9781921509094
Publication statusPublished - 2009


  • Chamberlain, Lindy, 1948---Trials, litigation, etc
  • Chamberlain, Michael (Michael Leigh)--Trials, litigation, etc
  • Trials (Infanticide)--Northern Territory--Darwin--Public opinion
  • Trials (Murder)--Northern Territory--Darwin
  • Criminal justice, Administration of--Australia
  • Absence and presumption of death--Northern Territory--Ayers Rock
  • Motherhood in popular culture--Australia
  • Prejudices in the press--Australia


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