Peter Whellum

Peter Whellum

Higher Degree by Research Candidate

Adelaide Law School

Faculty of the Professions


Peter is a law graduate and retired police officer with a long held interest in Indigenous legal issues, particularly those relevant to the Anangu Pitjantjatjara Yankunytjatjara (APY) Lands in north west South Australia. A remote PH.D candidate, his thesis working title is 'The administration of justice in the Anangu Pitjantjatjara Yankunytjatjara (APY) Lands: a front line in tensions between traditional Aboriginal culture and the criminal law'.

PhD Supervisors: Prof. Alex Reilly, Prof. Amanda Nettelbeck.

PhD thesis submitted for examination on 29 August 2018.

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  • Appointments

    Date Position Institution name
    1990 - 2005 Commercial pilot and senior flight instructor (CASA approved) Self-employed - then South Coast Air Centre P/L
    1964 - 1989 Police officer (retiring at rank of senior sergeant) South Australian Police (SAPOL)
  • Awards and Achievements

    Date Type Title Institution Name Country Amount
    2016 Scholarship Zelling Gray Supplemental Scholarship Adelaide Law School
    2015 Recognition Australian Postgraduate Award (APA)
  • Education

    Date Institution name Country Title
    2015 - 2018 The University of Adelaide Australia PhD Candidate
    2010 - 2014 Charles Darwin University Australia LLB (Honours1)
    1985 - 1986 UniSA Australia Assoc. Dip. Arts (Aboriginal Studies)
  • Postgraduate Training

    Date Title Institution Country
    2014 - 2015 Grad Dip Legal Practice (GDLP) Australian National University Australia
  • Research Interests

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  • Journals

    Year Citation
    2017 Whellum, P. G. (2017). Peter Whellum, 'Missed Opportunities for Culturally Appropriate Imprisonment of APY Offenders: the Cross Border Justice Act 2009 (SA)' (2017) 8 (28) Indigenous Law Bulletin 20. Indigenous Law Bulletin, 8(28), 20-23.

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