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Australia Northern Territory cattle and tourism pioneer Peter Severin dies aged 93

05:17  27 february  2021
05:17  27 february  2021 Source:   abc.net.au

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a man wearing a suit and tie: Peter Severin's family said the 93-year-old died peacefully at home on the Curtin Springs Station. (Supplied: Lyndee Severin) © Provided by ABC NEWS Peter Severin's family said the 93-year-old died peacefully at home on the Curtin Springs Station. (Supplied: Lyndee Severin)


Cattle and tourism pioneer Peter Severin has died aged 93, at the remote station and famous roadhouse near Uluru he established more than six decades ago.

Mr Severin's family announced his death on Saturday morning in a statement they said was made "with profound sadness".

"He was a true gentleman, devoted son, loving husband and proud father," the statement said.

"He was a leader and pioneer in both the pastoral and tourism industries.

"Pete passed away peacefully in his 94th year, surrounded by those he loved, and those that loved him, at Curtin Springs Station, his home for over 65 years."

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In a social media post, Hospitality NT described the long-serving publican as a "true Territory pioneer and pioneer of Central Australia".

The Severin's roadhouse, built on the working cattle station first leased by the family in 1956, was among the isolated area's first tourism spots opened outside Alice Springs.

From early beginnings selling petrol and scones to a growing stream of visitors, Mr Severin and his wife Dawn are credited with opening the region up to domestic and international tourism.

In 1963, Mr Severin installed the controversial chain rope on Uluru, which tourists used to climb the rock until it was closed in 2019 in accordance with the wishes of traditional owners and custodians.

He was awarded the Northern Territory Tourism Minister's Perpetual Trophy in 2017, in recognition of his contributions to the industry.

The family said they would be sharing highlights of Mr Severin's life and holding a service in Alice Springs after taking time to mourn his death privately.

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