Born: Established: 21 Feb 1921 Adelaide ; Died: 2 Nov 1996 Sydney
'Ralph Peterson was educated at the Glen Osmond and Unley Central schools [Adelaide]. At fourteen he became a child actor working in professional theatre and was writing for radio and revue by the time he was sixteen. Between 1937 and 1942 he played the schoolboy Bottomley in the long running radio comedy serial Yes What?, as well as writing some of the episodes. In 1942 he enlisted in the Australian Army and served with an artillary unit in the Pacific area. He was later transferred to the 1st Australian Broadcast Control unit. After discharge he wrote film commentaries for Cinesound, radio scripts for Roy 'Mo' Rene, Jack Davey and Dick Bentley and a series of features and verse plays for the Australian Broadcasting Commission.'
During a stint in London with the British Broadcasting Corporation Peterson wrote comedy scripts for comedians Tony Hancock and Benny Hill. Peterson is perhaps most renowned for writing three award-winning television series, My Name's McGooley, What's Yours (1966-1969), Rita and Wally (1968) and Dad and Dave (1972).
Source of quotation: The Third Secretary (1972), p.8.