Rice, Peter Melville (AA 267)

Peter Melville Rice

Born: 30 December 1928, Colonel Light Gardens, South Australia

Peter Melville Rice attended the University of Adelaide from 1960 to 1963 after completing 13 years service in the Royal Australia Navy. Upon completion of a degree in social sciences, Rice accepted a position with the South Australian Department of Aboriginal Affairs (SADAA) as a Welfare Officer working with Australian Aboriginal people in and around Adelaide as well as the mid-North of South Australia. During that time Rice recorded events with the Pitjantjatjara people as well as assessing their health and socioeconomic conditions. Rice’s service with SADAA concluded in 1966 when he accepted a position with the then Commonwealth Department of Immigration firstly in Adelaide and then in Canberra developing migrant settlement services on a national basis.

The South Australian Museum Archive collection comprises narrative and singing recorded at Musgrave Park, South Australia, 1963 and photographs of Tommy Dodd.