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28 January 1892 Sir Archibald Grenfell Price

 28 January 1892   Sir Archibald Grenfell Price

Archibald Grenfell Price was born in Adelaide on 28 January 1892. He was educated at St Peter's College and later at Oxford, returning to St Peter's later to teach geography. He was the first South Australian to be made a Doctor of Letters in 1932. 

As a leading historian and geographer he wrote prolifically on the history of the Australian and Pacific region. In the mid-1930s he began a series of broadcast talks. In 1938 he led an expedition to Central Australia to look for the remains of Leichhardt. Turning to politics he was elected as the member for Boothby in the federal government in 1941, representing the United Australia Party, but lost his seat three years later.

He lectured in geography at the University of Adelaide from 1949-1957, and was a member of the University Council for 37 years; he was also one of the founders of St Mark's College. From 1960 to 1971 he was Chairman of the Council of the National Library of Australia in Canberra. For many years he was a member of the Synod of the Diocese of Adelaide.

 He was knighted in 1963. He died on 20 July 1971 aged 85 years.

The Advertiser, 21 July 1971, p. 3.
Colin Kerr, Archie The Biography of Sir Archibald Grenfell Price, Macmillan, 1983.