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The "Babes of Walloon" memorial  commemorates Henry Lawson's poem about the tragic drowning of two young sisters in 1891. The memorial consists of two statues of the young girls in a mosaic pool of waterlilies. 

Henry Lawson’s 1891 poem The Babies of Walloon told the tragic story of the drownings of sisters Bridget Kate and Mary Jane Broderick. Both girls were students at Walloon State School.The girls aged six and nine, the daughters of lengthman on the railway at Walloon, near Ipswich, Queensland, were sent on an errand by their parents and it is supposed they were attracted by some water-lilies in a pool near their home. They were found drowned in six feet of water in March 1891.


Address:Karrabin- Rosewood Road, Henry Lawson Bicentennial Park , Walloon, 4306
GPS Coordinates:Lat: -27.605278
Long: 152.661389
Note: GPS Coordinates are approximate.
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Monument Type:Sculpture
Monument Theme:Culture
Approx. Event Start Date:March-1891
Approx. Event End Date:March-1891
Monument Designer:Matthew Tobin


Approx. Monument Dedication Date:2006
Source: MA
Monument details supplied by Monument Australia - www.monumentaustralia.org.au
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