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Biographical entry Waite, Peter (1834 - 1922)

9 May 1834
Kirkcaldy, Fife, Scotland
4 April 1922
Victor Harbor, South Australia, Australia
Pastoralist and Benefactor


Peter Waite donated Urrbrae Estate in 1913, which he had bought in 1874, to the University of Adelaide, subject to life tenancy for himself and his wife; half was to be for agricultural studies and the rest for a park. He later gave more land to the University and in 1918 donated 5880 shares in Elder Smith & Co. Ltd so that the land could be used as intended. The Waite Agricultural Research Institute was established in 1923.

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Published resources


  • Hogg, Gladys, Peter Waite 1834-1922: the story of his life and times (Adelaide: Waite Agrigultural Research Institute, 1991), 56 pp. Details

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Conference Papers

  • Gardner, Jennifer A., 'History of the Waite Arboretum and Waite Herbarium', in History of Systematic Botany in Australasia: Proceedings of a Symposium Held at the University of Melbourne, 25-27 May 1988 edited by Short, P.S. (Melbourne: Australian Systematic Botany Society, 1990), pp. 29-36.. Details


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Rosanne Walker