of her historical research included The Drummonds of Hawthornden
(1969), The Victoria Plains (1971), Old Toodyay
and Newcastle (1974), The Dempsters (1978), The
Brand on His Coat (1983), The Bride Ships (1992)
and The Misfortunes of Phoebe (1997). All her research
and book drafts were hand written and Battye Library holds
not only her published works but also the originals of some
of her manuscripts.
researched and wrote the history of the Western Australian
Naturalists' Club, the Toodyay Gaol through their Museum Committee,
and the National Trust property 'Mangowine'. She contributed
to two books for the Country Women's Association: Her Name
is Woman was launched in 1974 to celebrate the Golden
Jubilee of the CWA in Western Australia and She's No Milkmaid
in 1991. The second book is a biography of Dame Raigh Roe
a local woman who rose in the ranks of the Country Women's
Association to become World President of the ACWW (Associated
Country Women of the World) from 1977 to 1980.
Rica received the Honour Badge from the CWA of WA in recognition
of her work in compiling the history of the organisation,
Her Name is Woman.
project Rica was involved in was the transcribing and editing
of the journals of sea captain George Bayly from his voyages
on the Hooghly 1824-1844 to his time at the Swan River
Colony. This culminated in 1998 when she and Pamela Statham
published A Life on the Ocean Waves.
joined the Royal Western Australian Historical Society in
the 1950s and since 1964 was a regular contributor to their
journal Early Days, having ten articles published.
In 1974 she was made a Fellow of the Society. The RWAHS sponsored
the publication of Rica's Stories: Old and New, edited
by Dr Lenore Layman, a collection of the Early Days
articles and previously unpublished material.
Rica's research led her to specialise in local history, biographies
and genealogy and to the publishing of her research. She is
particularly well known for her work on Western Australia's
convict past. While pursuing historical research it was through
her work in genealogy that she would ultimately make her greatest
contribution with the compilation of biographical dictionaries.