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Percival Edgar Petherick (1854–1926)

Deep regret was expressed on the death of the late Mr. Percival B. Petherick, who was for very many years connected with the Customs in Fremantle under both State and Commonwealth. The late officer came to Fremantle from Melbourne and joined when the late Mr. Clayton Mason was the Collector of Customs and the late Mr. Michael Sampson and Mr. Goodsir were in the service. When the Commonwealth took over, he was one of the officers transferred. He was recognised as a leading authority on tariff matters in the State and perhaps in Australia, and for many years, was Examining Officer. He was of a most kindly, disposition, ever ready to help in every way, and nothing was too much trouble to him. He was highly popular and was known by his fellow officers, habitues of the wharf, agents and importers as "Dad" Petherick. On his attaining the age limit he was retired and entered into business as an adviser on customs and tariff, mattars and had a big practice. It is said of him that "never was a decision of his questioned." The deceased resided at Cottesloe, and leaves a widow and one daughter. The funeral took place at Karrakatta on Monday afternoon last and was very largely attended. Amongst those who paid a last tribute to the old officer and friends were Messrs. F. Manford, James Back (the oldest Customs Agent in the State), F. Cadd, J.P., R. G. Saddlier, R.P. North, and a large number of past and present Customs officers.

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Collingwood, Melbourne, Victoria, Australia


21 August, 1926 (aged ~ 72)
Cottesloe Beach, Perth, Western Australia, Australia

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