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Quilliam graduated with an LLB from Victoria University of Wellington in 1943. He practiced law in New Plymouth, then served as a High Court judge from 1969 to 1988 before becoming the first head of New Zealand's Police Complaints Authority (now the Independent Police Conduct Authority). He became a Knight Bachelor in the 1988 New Year Honours.
- "Sir Peter Quilliam (LLB '43) 1920 - 2004" (PDF). V.Alum. July 2004. Retrieved 2010-05-14.
- London Gazette (supplement), No. 51173, 30 December 1987. Retrieved 16 January 2013.
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