Newcastle biology professor linked to Chamberlain acquittal dies at 89

Michael Parris
May 8 2024 - 7:00am
Emeritus Professor Barry Boettcher in 2012. Picture by Jonathan Carroll
Emeritus Professor Barry Boettcher in 2012. Picture by Jonathan Carroll

University of Newcastle biology professor Barry Boettcher was a key figure in the eventual acquittal of Lindy Chamberlain in the 1980s, but his son Craig said his father was much more to the people who knew him.

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Michael Parris

Michael Parris


Michael Parris reports on politics for the Newcastle Herald. He started at the Herald in 1994 after working in the ABC Newcastle newsroom. Michael spent much of his career as a sub-editor before moving into political reporting in 2017. He was a finalist in the Sports Australia national media awards for his stories about a male-only tennis club in Newcastle. He has covered NSW and federal elections, state and federal budgets and local politics. He has also written extensively about the COVID-19 pandemic with a special focus on data analysis and the effects of lockdowns on the Hunter community.

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