Lindy Chamberlain's yellow Torana now on display
THE yellow Torana which played a central role in the conviction and then exoneration of Michael and Lindy Chamberlain over the disappearance of their daughter Azaria in 1980 can now be seen at The National Museum of Australia in Canberra.
The 1977 V8 hatchback was at the heart of the forensic evidence which alleged Azaria's blood was in the car.
Despite the Chamberlains protesting their innocence and voicing a belief that a dingo had taken the baby from a tent while they camped near Uluru, Lindy was convicted and sentenced to life in prison and Michael given an 18-month suspended sentence for being an accessory after the fact.
In 1987 a royal commission subsequently found this substance in the car was not blood but bitumen, sound deadener, milkshake, and copper dust and the Chamberlains were exonerated.
Michael Chamberlain said that the car represented one of the worst perversions of forensic science in Australia's history.
"While the car represents this gross injustice, it also symbolises freedom, as a result of the proper and independent revision of forensic science, which eventually saw Lindy exonerated," said Dr Chamberlain.
"Because I love this car, it is with some sorrow that I am releasing it to the National Museum but I also take comfort from the decision, because I know the Museum will take better care of the vehicle than I can.
"It will survive not just as an example of a total forensics failure, but ultimately as a symbol of the triumph of Australian justice."
The National Museum acquisition also includes Dr Chamberlain's Bible, his running shoes worn at Ayer's Rock, clothing and photographs.