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A former patrol officer and senior officer in Gippsland
local government, Peter has died in
Peter was a man who enjoyed travel and adventure, a drink
and a laugh, and who loved to socialise and engage with people. He was born in
Traralgon in 1944. At
But by 1962 his sights were on bigger things and he left the valley to become a kiap in PNG. There were 35 cadet patrol officers on the 1962 course. There was to be a very high attrition rate; by the end of four years, only about 10 of the original group were still serving.
Tatterson's first postings were to Angoram on the banks of
Daily life centred on foot patrols lasting from two weeks to three months, dealing with issues such as health, law and order, and political education. In this period, he helped establish local government at Imonda.
He returned home briefly most years, most importantly in
late 1966 to marry his high school girlfriend Merrilyn Bond. Then it was back
to PNG, when the couple were stationed on
His next posting was to Rabaul, where he ended up at
By 1974-75, PNG was approaching self-government and the Tattersons decided to return to Australia, where Peter took up a role in charge of administration at Morwell Shire before moving on to the then Rosedale Shire as chief executive.
He later became chief executive of the new South Gippsland
Shire after councils throughout
A final relocation to
Peter is survived by Merrilyn, three daughters - Shannon, Abbey and Holly - and five grandchildren.
* Gary Tatterson is Peter Tatterson's brother and Peter Colton is a friend and former patrol officer in PNG.
Source: The Age, 10 February 2010