Farewell to a great champion of international rural poultry development.
With support from the Australian Centre for International Agricultural Research (ACIAR) and the Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade, Peter’s work went beyond the vaccines, resulting in a sustainable Newcastle disease control model that has helped to improve village poultry production in countries throughout Asia and Africa. This model continues to alleviate poverty for the most vulnerable people in resource-poor regions and serves as a platform for improving food security.
Peter had a vision for the local production of thermotolerant ND vaccines specifically for the village chicken/family poultry sector. With his guidance, this is now a reality in many countries across Asia and Africa. The I-2 Master seed he developed is still held at the University of Queensland and is made available to governments worldwide at no cost in order for developing countries to produce vaccines locally and disseminated through community driven programs.
Peter’s work and many contributions have been recognised by numerous awards, including, in 1995, the Clunies Ross Medal for Science and Technology, Member of the Order of Australia, the AIDAB Award for Excellence in Overseas Aid, the Kesteven Medal of the Australian Veterinary Association and the Australian Poultry Award in 2005.
Peter was an inspiration to many. Students and young veterinary professionals, including those now affiliated with Kyeema, will be forever grateful for the knowledge and wisdom he was so eager to impart to them. Many who experienced his tutelage and storytelling admire his gentle spirit, great wit and integrity.
As an organisation, we will strive to continue supporting local partnerships and use of local resources to improve the living standards of vulnerable communities with the same compassion and practicality he did.
We mourn his loss and recognise the great contribution he has made to empowering communities. Indeed, because of elders like him, we see the future as bright.