Born 1890 at Snake Plains, Tasmania, he was the eldest of eleven children of Walter PATTERSON and Louisa DENHOLM.
He went to work at the Stanmore sawmill with his father when he was 12 and later travelled to New Zealand and New South Wales with friends before returning to marry their sister Helen CLARK in 1915. He joined the police force then worked his way up in the State Public Service, becoming Director of the State Social Services Department before retiring in 1955.
They had 3 sons and a daughter.
Nellie died in 1036 and he remarried in 1946 to Flo Contencin.
George died in 1973 and is buried with Nellie at Cornelian Bay.