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Wright, Peter Arundell (1920 - 1990)

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Born: 1920  'Thalgarrah', near Armidale, New South Wales, Australia.  Died: 16 October 1990  New South Wales.
Peter's early life was spent at 'Wallamumbi' and during World War II he joined the 12th Light Horse Hunter River Lancers. Upon transfer to the Armoured Division, he spent time in Western Australia where he met Jane Riley, whom he married after the war. They had four children. In 1953 they bought 'Lana' near Uralla, where they lived for 27 years before moving closer to Armidale to 'Barry Hill', leaving Lana in the control of their son, Timothy.

Peter was an Old Boy of The Armidale School and retained links with the school, supporting it in many ways. He was a supporter of the CSIRO from its beginnings in Armidale and of the University of new England. He was awarded an honorary degree of Doctor of Rural Science in 1983. His involvement with the establishment of the Faculty of Resource Management helped consolidate links between graziers and scientists. He was a member of many university committees.

He was a committed conservationist and a member of the New England National Park Trust from 1950, being its chair from 1959 to 1975. In 1960 he had his own property declared a wild life refuge. He was a foundation member of the New England New State Movement and sat on many committees and belonged to many associations. He wrote many letters and articles for The Land newspaper. He was known as 'a respected philanthropist and a staunch Christian'.

[Brief Biography compiled by Robin Hammond, January/February 2004]

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Published by The Australian Science and Technology Heritage Centre, 5 April 2004
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Updated: 23 February 2010

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