Mr (George) Wilfred George PETERSEN (1921 - 2000)**
- Date of Birth: 13/05/1921
- Place of Birth: Childers, Queensland, Australia
- Date of Death: 28/03/2000
- Place of Death: Shellharbour, New South Wales, Australia
|Member of the NSW Legislative Assembly||24 Feb 1968||22 Feb 1988||19yr(s) 11mth(s) 30day(s)|
|Member for Kembla||24 Feb 1968||13 Jan 1971||2yr(s) 10mth(s) 21day(s)|
42nd (1968 - 1971)
|Member for Illawarra||13 Feb 1971||19 Oct 1973||2yr(s) 8mth(s) 7day(s)|
43rd (1971 - 1973)
|Member for Illawarra||17 Nov 1973||2 Apr 1976||2yr(s) 4mth(s) 17day(s)|
44th (1973 - 1976)
|Member for Illawarra||1 May 1976||12 Sep 1978||2yr(s) 4mth(s) 12day(s)|
45th (1976 - 1978)
|Member for Illawarra||7 Oct 1978||28 Aug 1981||2yr(s) 10mth(s) 22day(s)|
46th (1978 - 1981)
|Member for Illawarra||19 Sep 1981||5 Mar 1984||2yr(s) 5mth(s) 16day(s)|
47th (1981 - 1984)
|Member for Illawarra||24 Mar 1984||22 Feb 1988||3yr(s) 10mth(s) 30day(s)|
48th (1984 - 1988)
Political Party Activity
Australian Labor Party (ALP). Joined the Party in 1957. President Illawarra Workers' Party. Member Communist Party of Australia 1943-1956. Member Australian Labor Party 1958 to May 1987. Member Illawarra Workers' Party since August 1987. Secretary Unanderra Branch 1958 - 1969.
Member Miscellaneous Workers' Union; Council for Civil Liberties; Preserve South Shellharbour Beach Committee; Australian Conservation Foundation.
Qualifications, occupations and interests
Public servant. Educated at Bundaberg High School, Queensland. Telephonist at the Postmaster General's, pensions officer, Department of Social Services 1939 - 1967. Member of New South Wales State Council Commonwealth Administrative and Clerical Officers' Association 1959 - 1968; committee member of Council for Civil Liberties 1970; member of delegation to Egypt, Libya and Lebanon in 1974; atheist. Particular interests include socialism, workers' rights, civil liberties and preservation of the environment. Recreational interests include study of Labor history and fishing.
2nd Australian Imperial Forces 1942-1946 (2/5 Commando Squadron).
Son of Peter and Eva Petersen. Married (1) Elaine Verna Tout in 1947 and had issue 1 daughter and 1 son. Divorced. Married (2) Mairi Isobel Wilson Gould in 1975 and had issue, 1 daughter.
Electorate description: Urban, residential and industrial. Located within Illawarra Statistical Agricultural Sub-Division. Principal suburbs: Berkeley, Cringila, Dapto, Kembla Heights, Koonawarra, Mount Kembla, Unanderra.
Area: 144.9 sq km Population: 59,573 Enrolment: 37,635