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Captain Jack Louis Koskie

Australian, 1914 - 1997

Jack Koskie was born near the docks of Hull, Yorkshire, in 1914. He commenced his scholarship at the Hull colledge of the Arts but at the age of 16 signed on as a 'decky' learner on a trawler bound for North-Atlantic waters. Working as a rivet heater in the Hull shipyards for a time, he gained an inside knowledge of ship construction. The hard years of the 1930s forced him to drop his studies and take up work in the printing to Australia.

In 1939 Jack Koskie emigrated to Australia and during World War II, served in the merchant navy and the army. He spent the next 10 years working as a publisher's designer and illustrator, a career he left behind to take up teaching. Jack started traching at Hobart technical College in 1954 and retired in 1979 from a position as lecturer in print making at Deakin University.