Obituary - Pip Wilson (Peter Wherrett)

This article was written by Christine Parker (#704)

We are saddened to announce the death of Pip Wilson on 23rd March 2009. Pip was a member of NSW Seahorse in the 1970's and had been a member of the Victorian Seahorse Society. In the last two years, she had occasionally attended Seahorse functions in Sydney. Pip lived full-time as a woman in the Lake Macquarie area for the last two years of her life, which she described as "my last great achievement".

Pip's male persona, Peter Wherrett was a well-known television motoring journalist, famous for the immensely popular motoring show, "Torque", on the ABC in the 1970's. She was also the writer of many books, including "Desirelines", co-authored with her late brother and well-known theatrical director, Richard Wherrett, in which Peter/Pip revealed that she was a cross-dresser. Her last book was entitled "The Gender Trap", a copy of which was donated to the Seahorse Library by Pip.

Pip had stoically battled prostate cancer in recent years. After moving to the Lake Macquarie area in 2007, she attended the last two Seahorse Balls, and had to be rushed to hospital after collapsing at the 2008 Ball.

Often outspoken and proudly outrageous, Pip will be remembered with respect as an icon in the Australian CD/TG community, and an inspiration to so many cross-dressers and transgender people.

Pip and webmistress, Christine, May 2007.
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