Rica was awarded one of four honorary degrees by the University
of Western Australia to distinguished Western Australians
for their outstanding contributions to the community. She
joined His Excellency Air Chief Marshall Sir Wallace Kyle,
Governor of Western Australia, the Hon. Sir Ronald Wilson
and Kim Beazley, Sr when she was awarded the honorary degree
of Doctor of Letters.
Australian Week of the same year she was named Western Australian
Citizen of the Year in the category of the Arts, Culture and
Entertainment. Awarded annually since 1972, the awards were
to honour individuals and service organisations that have
made an exceptional contribution and commitment to the advancement
of the community and State of Western Australia. Other Western
Australians to have been awarded this honour include John
Birman (1973), Emeritus Prof. Sir Frank Callaway (1975), Robert
Juniper (1979), Jack Davis (1985) and Elizabeth Jolley (1987).
at Tom Collins House, she was awarded honorary life membership
of the Fellowship of Australian Writers (WA).
of Member in the General Division of the Order of Australia
for service to the arts as an author and illustrator followed
in the 1987 Queens birthday honours list.