Putting Queensland on the Map
– The life of Robert Logan Jack, geologist and explorer, by Felicity Jack
Highly regarded in geological circles but still unknown to the general public, Robert Logan Jack was a Scottish geologist who migrated to Australia in 1877. He worked as Government Geologist in Queensland for almost 30 years and was sent on difficult and perilous expeditions to some of the remotest parts of the continent. He made groundbreaking discoveries, such as the Great Artesian Basin, that would help advance Queensland’s mining and agricultural industries and contribute to the development of the Colony.
Putting Queensland on the Map is the first book to chronicle Robert Logan Jack’s extraordinary life and work. Written by his great-granddaughter Felicity Jack, it uses maps, drawings, letters and photographs to offer a fascinating glimpse into Robert Logan Jack’s geological expeditions and the social conditions of rural Queensland in the late nineteenth century. Jack paints a portrait of a fearless man who was as devoted to his family as he was to his geological pursuits. The accompanying CD provides further material for geologists, historians and Jack family enthusiasts.
Robert Logan Jack was rarely mentioned during Felicity Jack’s childhood but she knew he had done some courageous exploratory work. Felicity was helping her aunt move from her family home when a wealth of material belonging to her great-grandfather was found in the attic. Born in England, she has lived in Melbourne since 1975. She is donating all proceeds of the book to the Lockhart River Art Gang to celebrate her great-grandfather’s love of music and art.
The cost of the book is $40 plus postage.
The book is available from Felicity Jack, email firstname.lastname@example.org or phone 0414 465 791.