Ronald Campbell Gunn Douglas

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Ronald Campbell Gunn Douglas was born at Launceston in 1870, the son of Henry William Douglas and his wife Jane Franklin, nee Gunn. From May 1885 to March 1886 he was a member of the Launceston Volunteer Rifle Regiment. He was appointed manager of the National Bank of Tasmania at Gormanston in 1894 and a Justice of the Peace in 1896. In 1897 he married Jean Clarke Irvine. He was superintendent of the West Coast Agencies of the Australian Widows’ Fund from March 1898 to September 1899, then manager of the Zeehan branch of the National Bank from September 1899. He resigned in June 1901 as he found ‘it very difficult to live here within my salary…I have decided after full consideration to go to South Africa with a view to improving my position…’.

From 1902 until 1912 he was town treasurer of the Municipality of East London, Cape Colony, South Africa. He returned on the S.S. Grantully Castle in April 1912 and by 1913 was back in Tasmania. In 1917 he was manager of the National Bank of Tasmania/Commercial Bank of Australia at Campbell Town (the Commercial Bank took over the operations of the National Bank) and in 1920 was appointed manager of the Commercial Bank of Australia’s Derby branch. He wrote articles for various newspapers, sometimes using a pseudonym, and in 1909 his article on coinage was published in The Lone Hand, an Australian monthly magazine.

Ronald Douglas was accidentally killed by a falling tree at Derby in July 1921. (John Beswick’s book Brothers’ Home: the Story of Derby Tasmania, 2003, gives a description of the accident.) He was survived by his widow, son Irvine and daughters Flora and Jane.

The family papers are held in the Queen Victoria Museum and Art Gallery



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