Dad and Mother

Personal history.

                                                                        Steven A. Douglas

My mother is the great Grand daughter of Steven A Douglas who debated Lincoln. She lived in Greensboro, NC, until she joined the US Army as a WAC during WWII. She met my dad on a hop growing farm in Tasmania, Australia after the war. I was born there and lived in Tasmania until I was 22. After graduating from the University of Tasmania, I came to the US in 1976, just in time for the Bicentennial celebration. 


After working a season on a tobacco farm in Caswell County, NC, I worked for many years as a commercial insurance underwriter, specializing in property insurance.


Over the years I have had the experience of locating land where I have designed and built several homes for myself, including the one where I now live on Elmwood Road in Statesville. We have lived here since 1989.


I am married to Maggie Shoobridge who is an Investment Advisor with Edward Jones. We have two teenagers, Sarah and James.

Tasmanian Devil

The sad story of the Tasmanian Devil


When I was growing up in Tasmania we rarely saw Tasmanian devils because they were rather rare. Then in later years they became more common. Then over about the last 10 years a new disease developed among Tasmanian devils which has greatly  reduced the devil population and now even threatens extinction.  Some scientists see wider ramifications and concerns for the potential for new diseases in other animal populations.


Tasmanian devils make the strangest sounds and early European settlers thought they sounded like "devils".


Click here for more information about the  Tasmanian Devil, (not to be confused with the  Tasmanian tiger which has been extinct for years). Help save the Tasmanian devil.

James with a Wallaby

 Yes, there ARE kangaroos in most areas of Tasmania and Australia. We often used to see them on the farm at home and in fact they are even more plentiful new than ever, given additional protections and prevalence of sheep and cattle pasture that suit the 'roos very well.  There are many varieties from some that are not much larger than a rabbit to some that are over 6'. The very large ones are rare and highly protected. Pictured is James with a wallaby, a smaller variety of kangaroo.