Doug Jennings (politician)

Douglas Bernard Jennings (30 October 1929 – 9 April 1987) was an Australian politician and businessman.

Douglas Jennings
Member of the Victorian Legislative Assembly
for Westernport
In office
20 March 1976 – 5 May 1979
Preceded byNew seat
Succeeded byAlan Brown
Member of the Queensland Legislative Assembly
for Southport
In office
29 November 1980 – 9 April 1987
Preceded byPeter White
Succeeded byMick Veivers
Personal details
Douglas Bernard Jennings

(1929-10-30)30 October 1929
Melbourne, Victoria, Australia
Died9 April 1987(1987-04-09) (aged 57)
Brisbane, Queensland, Australia
Resting placeFlinders Cemetery
Political partyNational Party
Other political
Liberal Party, Independent
Spouse(s)Patricia Downey (m.1953 Divorced 1980), Susan Frances Leister (m.1981 divorced 1984)
RelationsJohn Jennings (uncle)
OccupationCattle breeder

Born in Melbourne to Albert Victor Jennings, founder of the property development company A.V. Jennings, he left Melbourne Grammar School to join his father's firm in 1947, and worked in several areas of the organisation. In the late 1950s he became mostly involved in the Housing Division in Melbourne, but also encouraged the company to branch out into real estate and furnishings. When Jennings ran into hard times in the early 1960s, Doug Jennings came in for criticism and left the company.

After time spent in Queensland as the owner operator of the Mount Surprise Cattle station, he returned to Victoria and established a Brahman stud at Mooroduc. While there, he was elected as the Liberal Party member for the state seat of Westernport. He was expelled from the party in 1979 for his criticism of the government's handling of a land purchase scandal, and was defeated at the next election.

Jennings returned to Queensland where in 1980 he was elected National Party member for the state seat of Southport.[1] An active sportsman in his youth, and always keen on maintaining his physical fitness, he ignored the signs of over-exertion and died of coronary heart disease on 9 April 1987, in the sauna of the gymnasium at Parliament House, Brisbane.[2]

Doug Jennings was the nephew of John Jennings, United Australia Party member for the New South Wales federal seat of Watson.


  1. ^ "Former Members". Parliament of Queensland. 2015. Retrieved 14 February 2015. CS1 maint: discouraged parameter (link)
  2. ^ Garden, Donald S. Jennings, Douglas Bernard (Doug) (1929–1987). Australian Dictionary of Biography. National Centre of Biography ANU. Retrieved 12 March 2013. CS1 maint: discouraged parameter (link)
Parliament of Victoria
Preceded by
New seat
Member for Westernport
1976 – 1979
Succeeded by
Alan Brown
Parliament of Queensland
Preceded by
Peter White
Member for Southport
1980 – 1987
Succeeded by
Mick Veivers