Weathersbee, Rodney Douglass James (AA 362)

Rodney Douglass James Weathersbee

Born: 1916
Died: 1 January 1982, Adelaide, South Australia

Rodney (Rod) Douglas James Weathersbee came to Adelaide in 1959, following his appointment as the General Manager of Arnott, Motteram, Menz Ltd, biscuit manufacturers. He had long-standing interests in anthropology and archaeology and had a large private collection of Japanese art and antiquities. In South Australia he soon developed an interest in Aboriginal studies. He joined the Anthropological Society of South Australia in 1961 and subsequently participated in many archaeological surveys and excavations organized by the South Australian Museum and the Anthropological Society. He also made his own artefact collecting trips, during family vacations, to sites on the Fleurieu Peninsula, South-East, Flinders Ranges and Birdsville Track, as well as sites in the Northern Territory and New South Wales.

Rod Weathersbee was a founding member and inaugual President of the Friends of the South Australian Museum, established in 1965. He was a member of the Board of the South Australian Museum from 1974 to the time of his death, and was the Chairman of the Education and Display Subcommittee in 1977.

The South Australian Museum Archives contains field notebooks, photographs and other data relating to the sites he investigated in South Australia and interstate.