Hon. Peter Dunn - The University of Adelaide

Hon. PETER DUNN. ROCA Award of Merit winner for 2014
Peter graduated from Roseworthy in 1956 with a Roseworthy Diploma of Agriculture.
He returned to the West Coast and managed a farm at Rudall before purchasing the
property in 1962. Peter was not a man to rest on his laurels –he took every
opportunity to innovate and improve on the accepted farming practices of the time,
while being involved in numerous rural community committees. He invited the
Department of Agriculture to do trials on his property, was heavily involved in the
Agricultural Bureau movement and eventually chaired the Advisory Board of
Agriculture under the Minister of Agriculture.
In 1982 he was elected to the Upper House (Legislative Council) of South Australia and
remained there until his retirement in 1997. Once again Peter was very active in
leading the rural community he represented.
He also served on numerous
Parliamentary Standing Committees related to Primary Production. Using his Cessna
airplane, Peter was able to cover vast areas of his electorate.
His success in leading the rural community could perhaps be summed up in a quote
from one of his referees:
“His reluctance to rush to judgment was characteristic of a man who had,
both as a Roseworthy student and as a farmer, discovered how
unproductive it was to presume on outcomes.”
At the time he was the only member of the Council who lived in the country during his
term of office.
He was elected as President of the Legislative Council in 1993 and held this position
until his retirement. “Bipartisan, balanced, consultative, displaying understanding and
integrity” were all words his referees used to describe his leadership style.
Peter Dunn’s name is clearly a very worthy addition to the ROCA Award of Merit Honor
Hon PETER DUNN. University of Adelaide Alumni Fellow
In addition, Peter was recognised by the University of Adelaide for his contribution to
ROCA and Alumni activities. He was inducted as a University of Adelaide Alumni Fellow.
Here’s a summary of the citation read by ROCA President, David Spencer in the lead up
to the presentation by Vice Chancellor, Professor Warren Bebbington…
“The Hon Peter Dunn graduated from the Roseworthy Agricultural College in 1956. He
was the representative for the Eyre Peninsula ROCA Branch for 23 years and the president
of ROCA for two consecutive terms - 1992/1993 and 1993/1994.
It was during the period of his ROCA presidency that Roseworthy was amalgamated with
the University of Adelaide. This was a very busy and challenging time for ROCA as it
forged new links and established its place within a large organisation. Peter's leadership
at this time was pivotal in achieving a reasonable transition for the ROCA members into
the University Alumni.
Peter was a member of the Legislative Council for 15 years (1982-1997) and the President
from 1993-1997, which meant that ROCA and Roseworthy were represented at the highest
level of Government.”