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Obituary: George Petersen (1921-2000)


Rick Petersen


George Petersen died recently in Shellharbour Hospital. His wife Mairi and stepdaughter Natalie were with him. George had been hospitalised for eight days, with complications arising from his cardiovascular system. During these days he had the constant care of family, friends, and the excellent hospital staff. With their company and comfort, he faded away without pain on 28 March 2000. This obituary is not a work of history, nor even biography. It merely recounts a few passages in a long and busy political life, adding some political commentary taken from George’s own words.