George Bullock-Douglas

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George Arthur Hardy Bullock-Douglas (4 June 1911 – 25 June 1958) was a New Zealand rugby union player. A wing three-quarter, Bullock-Douglas represented Wanganui at a provincial level, and was a member of the New Zealand national side, the All Blacks, from 1932 to 1934. He played 15 matches for the All Blacks including five internationals.

His father George Bullock was a foundation member and the first secretary of the Kaierau club in Wanganui and an uncle played for both Taranaki and Wanganui.

Bullock-Douglas was educated first at Gonville School. He then had a stint at Auckland Grammar School and lastly, Wanganui Collegiate School where he was a member of the 1st XV in his two years at the school between 1927 and 1928. He was also a member of the school's 1st XI cricket team. He later played representative cricket for Wanganui, and appeared in a match for Wanganui against the MCC on their 1935–36 tour of New Zealand. In that match, Bullock-Douglas batted at number 7 or 8, and scored 14 and 0 respectively in his two innings.

A bank officer, Bullock-Douglas was awarded a Diploma in Banking by Victoria University College in 1934. During World War II he served as an officer with the 21st Battalion of the New Zealand Military Forces, reaching the rank of captain. He saw active service in Greece and North Africa, and was twice wounded: in Greece in 1941, and Libya in 1943.

Mrs. A. Bullock-Douglas, Box 398, Wellington (wife) Was listed as next of kin on his embarkation

Also buried at Heads Road Cemetery, Whanganui, New Zealand:
Margaret, Widow of the late George Bullock, of Auckland, Died 17th June 1903;(1)
Also, William James, their Son, Died 7th April 1892, Aged 17 Years

1. Possible grandmother?   Margaret Carson, Journalist, writer, feminist, social reformer and suffragetist, was born in Auckland, New Zealand, on 4 January 1845, the only daughter of four children born to Jane Kennedy and her husband, James Carson, a road maker. The Carsons had emigrated from Scotland; James Carson later worked as a carpenter and possibly a debt collector in Auckland.

Nothing is known of Margaret's early life. On 10 February 1869 at Auckland she married George Bullock, a warehouseman. The couple were to have five sons, including William (died 1892). On or about 17 March 1877, George Bullock died when the ship he was travelling on, the May Queen, was lost in a hurricane near Tonga. Margaret Bullock was left a widow with five children who were still 'mere babies'. Sometime in the late 1870s she took her family to Whanganui, where her eldest brother, Gilbert Carson, owned and edited the Wanganui Chronicle. Margaret Bullock joined him as a reporter, assistant editor and business associate for the next 10 years. 

Margaret Bullock was plagued with continual ill-health after she settled in Whanganui. She was diagnosed with cancer and died on 17 June 1903 soon after an operation.

2.  Why George has the surname Bullock-Douglas has yet to be discovered.



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