Langdon, Douglas Leonard

Personal Details

First nameDouglas
Middle nameLeonard
Date of birth05/12/1932
Place of birthLongreach Qld
Date of death20/11/2014
Age at death82 years


Doug is the son of William Henry Langdon and Flora Mary Robinson, husband of Pearl Nelson.

Their children are: Susan, Neville, William and Roslyn.

Grazier who discovered a dinosaur dead at 81
[Source: SALLY CRIPPS 29 Nov, 2014 03:00 AM: Qld Country Life]

He was very proud of “his” dinosaur. Described by his family as “a bit of a bowerbird”, Doug Langdon passed away at his Muttaburra home last week.
BEST remembered as the man who discovered one of Australia’s first dinosaur fossils, Muttaburra grazier Doug Langdon passed away at his Sword Street home late last week.
Just three weeks short of his 82nd birthday, Mr Langdon spent his life in service for his small community and was happy to see his discovery bring further prominence to his western Queensland home.
According to his wife Pearl, Doug was very proud of “his” dinosaur, Muttaburrasaurus langdoni and liked to use it to promote the town and region.
“It was a chance discovery and the rest is history,” she said.
The family had a butchery business in town and Doug was getting a beast in for slaughter when he saw some unusual rocks, which turned out to be part of the most complete fossilised dinosaur skeleton to be uncovered in Australia.
That was 51 years ago.
Mrs Langdon described her husband as an icon of the town.
“He was an absolute gentleman, a quiet achiever who did a lot in his own way,” she said.
After schooling at the Muttaburra State School and St Brendan’s at Yeppoon, he started an apprenticeship at the local garage, before enlisting to fight in the Korean War with 3RAR.
After being wounded and convalescing in Japan and Australia, Mr Langdon wasn’t able to return to Korea but served in the Malayan conflict instead with 2RAR.
His daughter Suzan said he was very proud of his army service and was happy to talk about it.
Back at home on Angora Park, he took on many community service roles, including 10 years as an Aramac Shire councillor, and became a life member of the Muttaburra race club and a devoted member of Legacy.
He is survived by his wife Pearl, four children Suzan, Neville, William and Roslyn, 10 grandchildren and two great-grandchildren.
His funeral service was held on Thursday at the Muttaburra Memorial Hall.

School Records

Muttaburra State School
Start Date1939

War Records


ServiceAustralian Army
Service number11952
Date of enlistment16/12/1951
Date of discharge29/08/1952
Posting at discharge3rd Battalion, The Royal Australian Regiment
Prisoner of war




Days in Service: 258


ServiceAustralian Army

Cemetery Record

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Grave number355
Date of funeral27/11/2014

Funeral Service at the Muttaburra Memorial Hall, on Thursday 27th November, 2014 commencing at 10.00 am for interment at the Muttaburra Cemetery.