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Records of the National Freedom Council, 1980-2000 [manuscript]
Bib ID 459366
Format ManuscriptManuscript
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National Freedom Council (Australia)
 
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Description 1980-2000 
2.19 m. (9 boxes + 3 archival boxes) 
Summary

The collection contains material assembled by the Plea for Justice Committee and the National Freedom Council in the course of their campaigns to promote justice for the Chamberlains. It includes correspondence, transcripts, reports, submissions, debates, articles, media releases, newspaper cuttings, books, 6 video cassettes and 5 audio cassettes. Correspondents include Lindy and Michael Chamberlain, the Commonwealth Ombudsman, the Human Rights Commission, members of the public who supported the Chamberlains, and church ministers and pastors. The collection includes documents produced by the Chamberlain Innocence Committee. There are a number of miscellaneous journals that contain articles about the Chamberlain case, including some published by Christian organisations.

Biography/History

The National Freedom Council, established in 1984, grew out of the Plea for Justice Committee which formed in the wake of Lindy Chamberlain's conviction and life sentence in 1982. The Committee sought a judicial review of the Chamberlain case and that Lindy Chamberlain be released from prison pending the outcome of that review. The Council was also involved in other cases where forensic science and circumstantial evidence had majored in convictions.

Notes

Manuscript reference no.: NLA MS 7845.

Related Material Associated material: Records of other Chamberlain Support Groups are held in National Library of Australia Manuscript Section at MS 7400. The papers of Guy and Phyllis Boyd are held at MS 7551. 
Index/Finding Aid Note Descriptive list available (7 p.). 
Subjects Chamberlain-Creighton, Lindy, - 1948- - Trials, litigation, etc.  |  Chamberlain, Michael - (Michael Leigh) - Trials, litigation, etc.  |  National Freedom Council (Australia) - Archives.  |  Pressure groups - Australia - Archives.
Time Coverage 1980-2000 

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