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Douglas Carnegie

1910 – 1998

Douglas Carnegie, scion of a family whose fortune derived from a piano manufacturing company. Douglas grew up in Melbourne and in 1941 joined the AIF, when dispatched to the Middle East, he became one of the Rats of Tobruk. His army career was effectively ended when he contracted spinal meningitis and was repatriated to Australia on a hospital ship. On his recovery, doctors advised Douglas to live in the country and in 1944 he purchased the 1000-hectare property Kildrummie. Here he became legendary for his bloodline of bred poll hereford cattle in the '60s and '70s In 1979 the Carnegie's sold the cattle station and moved back to Melbourne where Douglas supported the many activities of his wife Margaret a major collector of Aboriginal art. Douglas became an honorary consultant of Lincoln Gerontology Centre of Latrobe University, actively volunteering to visit numerous hospitals taking up the challenge for occupations for the elderly. He died on 6 Feb 1998.

Updated 2017