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Ian Douglas QC

Banks Rowing Club (VIC)

1953 – Head of the River Geelong Grammar – First

1954 – Australian University Championships Men’s Eight MUBC – First

1955 – Australian University Championships Men’s Eight MUBC – First

1956 – Australian University Championships Men’s Eight MUBC – First

1957 – Interstate Men’s Eight Championship stroke – First

1958 – Interstate Men’s Eight Championship seven seat – First

1959 – Interstate Men’s Eight Championship emergency

1962 – Interstate Men’s Eight Championship bow – First

1962 – British Empire and Commonwealth Games – Men’s Eight bow - Gold

1962 – World Championships – Men’s Eight bow – Fifth

1965 – Interstate Men’s Eight Championship coach - Second

Finish of the 1962 Commonwealth Games final - Ian in the bow seat

Ian was a prominent barrister and QC in Melbourne. He also was the youngest Australian to have charge of the Australian Antarctic base at Davis at the age of 23. He led a team of 8 men to Antarctica. His father was a famous aviator being the pilot for Sir Douglas Mawson and the first man to fly a Gypsy Moth aircraft on floats from a sailing ship. Ian’s father made three trips to the Antarctic in the 1930’s and piloted the aircraft which found lost American explorer Lincoln Ellsworth in the Antarctic. 

Ian is currently a farmer growing finger limes in South East Queensland and has been an active masters rower at Banks Rowing Club. He has also maintained a strong interest in sport through the company WCSN which provides great sport coverage via the internet.

Andrew Guerin 2011

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