Pretty, Graeme Lloyd (AA 255)

Graeme Lloyd Pretty

Born: 25 June 1940, Melbourne, Victoria
Died: 6 November 2000

Graeme Lloyd Pretty graduated from the University of Sydney in 1960 with a Bachelor of Arts (Hons) and a Diploma in Education in 1961. It was during these academic years, that Pretty became influenced by the work of Sandor Gallus and Norman Barnett Tindale (AA 338).

After the completion of his tertiary education, Pretty became exposed to and worked on exacavations throughout South Australia and the Northern Territory that included Koonalda Cave, Fromm's Landing and the Durras North Rock Shelter. Of great significance was Pretty's excavation at Roonka on the Lower Murray River from 1968 and 1977. Pretty also worked in the Pacific, Africa, the Americas and the United Kingdom. Hs interest in Melanesia, in particular Papua New Guinea (PNG), led to Pretty's appointment as Commissioner to review the PNG Museum and National Art Gallery in 1968. During this appointment he submitted a report and inventory of the cave paintings and archaeological sites known at that time.

In 1962, Graeme commenced work at the South Australian Museum as Assistant Curator of Anthropology and then in 1965 was appointed Curator of Anthropology after Tindale's retirement. In 1973 Pretty was promoted to Senior Curator of Human Science Collections and then held the position of Senior Curator of Archaeology from 1985 until his retirement in 1994. Pretty continued as a Research Associate at the South Australian Museum until his death in the year 2000. He also became a Visiting Fellow at the University of Adelaide, Department of Anatomical Sciences.

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