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The late Jack Douglas was a geologist, palaeobotanist and sportsman. He was a major figure in the Geological Survey of Victoria, co-editing The Geology of Victoria and overseeing production of the first 1:250000 geological map series. He gained international recognition as a palaeobotanist and palynologist. In his student days he played a couple of seasons for Hawthorn at centre half back, and represented Australia in international athletics tournaments. After beating John Landy in a 440 yard race he almost made the 1956 Olympic team. He was a long-serving member and president of the Field Naturalists Club of Victoria and a great family man. This interview was conducted with the participation of Doug McCann.
In my study: notes on collecting stones; favourite stones; geology as literature; see In my study No.4 (2 Mb; 4' 23").
See: Basin and Range by John McPhee (Noonday Press, New York, 1980).
Jack Douglas: selected bibliography
Geology of Victoria, eds. J.G. Douglas (major contributor) and J.A. Ferguson, Geological Society of Australia Inc., Victoria Division, 1976, revised edition 1988
The Mesozoic Floras of Victoria, J.G. Douglas, Geological Survey of Victoria Memoirs 28 and 29, 1969, 1973
The Otway Basin of South-eastern Australia, eds. J.G. Douglas (contributor) and H. Wopfner, Special Bulletin Geol. Surveys South Aust. and Victoria, 1971.
What Fossil Plant is that? A guide to the ancient floras of Victoria, J.G. Douglas, Field Naturalists Club of Victoria, 1983
Atlas of Victoria (Ed. J.S. Duncan): Chapter 4: Geology and Chapter 33: Sport and recreation (with D.C. Mercer), Government of Victoria, 1982
The Nature of Warrnambool, J.G. Douglas (editor, compiler, major contributor), Warrnambool Field Naturalists Club Inc., 2004
Jack Douglas also edited and published various conference proceedings, geological maps, dozens of scientific papers and articles in scientific and popular journals; his main subjects were geology, palaeobotany and palynology, palaeontology and palaeoclimatology.