On 60 Minutes, Charles Wooley speaks to two parents about an incident with a dingo on Fraser Island that revives memories of Azaria Chamberlain.
The Dingo Did It
If Azaria Chamberlain was still alive, she’d be about to celebrate her 39th birthday. Tragically though, no one thinks of Azaria as an adult. Instead she is marked in Australia’s psyche as the two-month-old baby who was killed by a dingo at Ayers Rock, or Uluru as it’s now called. But the manner of her death still grips people with horror. The cunning dingo entered the tent where tiny Azaria was sleeping and brazenly snatched her away. In fact what the dingo did was so improbable many thought it was impossible. But six weeks ago, on Queensland’s Fraser Island, there was a near identical attack. As Charles Wooley reveals in this 60 Minutes exclusive, a dingo grabbed a 14-month-old baby boy from inside the camper trailer where he was sleeping. As the child was being carried away in the jaws of the wild animal, his crying woke his parents who, in the nick of time, were able to rescue their son as he was being dragged away into the bush. Wooley’s story is an extraordinary account of the terrifying ingenuity of dingoes and the heroics of a desperate mum and dad.
Reporter: Charles Wooley
Producers: Steve Jackson, Naomi Shivaraman
Here’s a question likely to cause arguments: what is humankind’s greatest achievement? The Age of Enlightenment? Music? What about the construction of the Great Pyramid of Giza? For many it doesn’t get more glorious than the day Neil Armstrong set foot on the moon. This year marks the 50th anniversary of that remarkable feat of technology and daring. And while the moonwalkers, Neil Armstrong and Buzz Aldrin, dominate our memories of the moon landing, there’s a third astronaut who deserves his place in history. Michael Collins piloted the Apollo 11 command module spacecraft in lunar orbit while his two colleagues collected moon rocks. In a rare interview he tells Sarah Abo if it wasn’t for him, one of our greatest successes would have been a monumental failure.
Reporter: Sarah Abo
Producers: Laura Sparkes, Naomi Shivaraman
8:30pm (ish) Sunday June 2 on Nine.