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03-April-2015
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Photographs supplied by Sandra Brown

Memorial garden and granite wall featuring artwork and photographs of the two sisters who were victims of a homicide in Altona North in 2006.

A violent convicted criminal  William John Watkins raped and murdered Melbourne sisters Laura and Colleen Irwin in 2006. Watkins who was a neighbour of the girls had a string of previous offences, including a conviction for rape, aggravated burglary and theft. For those offences he was jailed for four years and three months, but was released after two years.

When Watkins applied for parole, he was assessed as being at moderate risk of reoffending. He moved into a rented flat next door to the Irwin sisters in May 2004. Watkins fled to Western Australia, and was intercepted in Karratha by Acting Sgt. Shane Gray for stealing petrol.  Watkins bashed Sgt. Gray, fracturing his skull, before the policeman shot him dead. 

 

Location

Address:Wren Street, Toolamba Memorial Gardens , Toolamba, 3614
State:VIC
Area:AUS
GPS Coordinates:Lat: -36.490316
Long: 145.339151
Note: GPS Coordinates are approximate.
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Details

Monument Type:Garden
Monument Theme:People
Sub-Theme:Crime
Actual Event STart Date:28-January-2006
Actual Event End Date:28-January-2006

Dedication

Actual Monument Dedication Date:Sunday 21st January, 2007
Front Inscription

(Plaque 1) 
THIS PARK IS DEDICATED 
TO THE MEMORY OF 
COLLEEN & LAURA IRWIN
TRAGICALLY TAKEN 
28TH JANUARY 2006


(Plaque 2 )

ALLAN & SHIRLEY IRWIN
GIVE THEIR HEARTFELT
THANKS TO EVERYBODY
INVOLVED IN ESTABLISHING
THESE GARDENS FOR
THEIR BELOVED DAUGHTERS

Source: MA
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