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Biographical entry Wallace, Douglas (1923 - 2012)

OAM

Born
24 April 1923
Brisbane, Queensland, Australia
Died
2012
Rockhampton, Queensland, Australia
Occupation
Arachnologist and Carpenter

Summary

Douglas Wallace was a carpenter who was also an expert amateur arachnologist. He was self-taught, his passion for spiders being sparked by observing orb-weaving spiders in Papua New Guinea while serving with the Australian Imperial Forces during World War II. For many years he identified spiders for doctors and the ambulance service in the Rockhampton area. Wallace often accompanied Queensland Museum scientists in their field excursions. He formed an arachnology society in Rockhampton and was the long-term editor of its newsletter. Wallace's collection of over 300 spider specimens was lodged with the Rockhampton Botanic Gardens. Several spider species were named in his honour.

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Events

1979
Career position - Founding Member, Australasian Arachnological Society
2004
Award - Medal of the Order of Australia (OAM) for service to natural science through the study of arachnids, particularly in the Central Queensland region
2005
Award - Honorary Master of Applied Science, Central Queensland University

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