Ronald Irvine Douglas

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Ronald Irvine (known as Irvine) Douglas was born at Zeehan in 1899, the son of Ronald Campbell Gunn Douglas and his wife Jean Clarke, nee Irvine. He was educated at Selbourne College, East London, South Africa, and later at the State High School, Launceston.

He joined the Commonwealth Bank after leaving school, but turned to journalism. By 1927 he was editing the Sydney Sun-Pictorial. He was appointed the first Commonwealth Publicity Officer in 1934 and from 1934 to 1938 he was also private secretary to Prime Minister J A Lyons. In 1940 he became editor and manager of Australian Associated Press in London. After the war he was manager and editor of the Sydney Morning Herald’s London staff. On his return to Australia in 1949 he became the paper’s political correspondent. From 1952 to 1964 he worked for Mirror Newspapers, then for the Bank of New South Wales as press adviser until his death. Up to the very last he was a regular public affairs commentator with the radio division of the Australian Broadcasting Commission.

Irvine Douglas, one of Australia’s most distinguished journalists, died in Sydney in February 1973. He was survived by his widow, Mrs Williamina Douglas.

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



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