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.

http://www.artgang.com.au

The cost of the book is $40 plus postage.

The book is available from Felicity Jack, email felicity.jack@gmail.com or phone 0414 465 791.

Fast Facts

  • The Queensland resources sector  covers  just 0.1% of Queensland’s total land surface.
    Source: www.qrc.org.au

  • Queensland’s resources sector in 2015-16  supported one in every seven Queensland jobs.
    Source: www.qrc.org.au

  • Queensland’s resources sector in 2015-16 supported one in every seven Queensland jobs and $1 in every $5 of the economy
    Source: www.qrc.org.au

  • Queensland has more than half of Australia’s demonstrated economic resources of lead , zinc and silver, nearly 60% of Australia’s demonstrated economic resources of bauxite and and 13% of its copper resources.
    Source: Queensland Government Mining Update

  • Queensland’s resources sector in 2015-16 delivered one in every five dollars of the state’s economy through its spending in Queensland.
    Source: www.qrc.org.au

  • Queensland has more than half of Australia’s demonstrated economic resources of lead, zinc,  silver  and bauxite and  13% of Australia’s demonstrated economic resources of and copper.
    Source: Queensland Government

  • The Queensland resources sector’s land disturbed ‘footprint’ covers just 0.1% of Queensland’s total land surface.
    Source: www.qrc.org.au

  • Queensland’s resources sector in 2015-16 delivered 1 in every five dollars of the state’s economy through our spending in Queensland.
    Source: www.qrc.org.au

  • Queensland’s resources sector in 2015-16 supported one  in every seven Queensland jobs.
    Source: www.qrc.org.au

  • Queensland is an important producer of gold, mineral sands, phosphate and magnesite.
    Source: Queensland Government