Born: 14 June 1927, Brisbane, Queensland, Australia
Known as Jack Doolan, he served in the Royal Australian Navy as well as serving two terms as an Australian Labor Party Member of the Legislative Assembly for Victoria River, Northern Territory. Between his military and political careers, Doolan worked as a Patrol Officer. During this time Doolan came into contact with Norman B Tindale and subsequently recorded oral histories with Aboriginal Palm Islanders in Queensland. The South Australian Museum Archive collection comprises stories, songs and vocabularies recorded at Palm Island from 1963-1964.
The South Australian Museum would like to acknowledge the Northern Territory Library and Information Service for the use of the Jack Doolan image. See Online Guide for details.