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The tree commemorates Professor Margaret Julia Tobin, the former Director of State Mental Health who was murdered by a disgruntled former colleague.

Dr Tobin was an internationally renowned psychiatrist and head of South Australia`s mental health service when she was shot at close range as she walked out of a lift in her office building on October 14th, 2002.

No one saw the gunman, and as a result police had to painstakingly piece together volumes of circumstantial evidence that pointed to one of Dr Tobin`s former work colleagues, 48-year-old Jean Eric Gassy. The prosecution argued that Gassy killed Dr Tobin in a meticulously planned execution as an act of vengeance after almost a decade of blaming her for his deregistration as a psychiatrist. A jury in Adelaide found the deregistered Sydney psychiatrist guilty of murder.


Address:Hindmarsh Square, Adelaide, 5000
GPS Coordinates:Lat: -34.924289
Long: 138.605803
Note: GPS Coordinates are approximate.
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Monument Type:Tree
Monument Theme:People
Actual Event Start Date:14-October-2002
Actual Event End Date:14-October-2002


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Plaque :

Professor Margaret Julia Tobin who died tragically in her workplace

Citicentre Building Hindmarsh Square Adelaide
14 October 2002
Aged 50 years

In fond memory of Margaret Tobin, Director Mental Health Service Department of Human Services.

Her commitment, passion and dedication to improving care is her enduring legacy.

Source: MA
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