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Doug Peters (1944–)

Doug Peters (1944–), musician, was born on 21 June 1944 at Lightning Ridge, New South Wales, one of fourteen children of Doreen and Henry Peters. He attended school at Walgett. In the 1960s he moved to Sydney and became a postman in the Balmain area. He learnt to play the drums and became a drummer in the Jimmy Little Trio. Jimmy Little was his brother-in-law. In 2005 he was awarded the Red Ochre award from the Australia Council for his service to the Aboriginal community as a musician and for being a member of the first Aboriginal band to hold a commercial recording contract. He continued to play drums with Little until 2012 when Little died.

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'Peters, Doug (1944–)', Indigenous Australia, National Centre of Biography, Australian National University,, accessed 19 April 2024.

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21 June, 1944
Lightning Ridge, New South Wales, Australia

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