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SV Petersen
Biographical info

Sidney Vernon (SV) Petersen was born on 22 June 1914 in Riversdale. 

From 1941 his poems and short stories were published in magazines such as Naweek, Suid-Afrika and Die Huisgenoot.
 
In 1944 Petersen first poetry collection, Die enkeling, was published by Unie-Volkspers. His final poetry collection, Laat kom dan die wind, appeared in 1985.

SV Petersen passed on 30 October 1987 at age 73.

Awards
 
Medal of Honour from the Suid-Afrikaanse Akademie vir Wetenskap en Kuns (1959) – For his contribution to Afrikaans culture
Decoration for Distinguised Service (1982) 
Honorary Citizen of Riversdal (posthumously) (1987)

Published works
 
Poetry
 
1944 Die enkeling, Unie-Volkspers
1948 Die stil kind en ander verse, Maskew Miller
1959 Die ouderling, Maskew Miller
1960 Die kinders van Kain, Nasionale Boekhandel
1965 Suiderkruis, Nasionale Boekhandel
1967 Keurverse: ’n bloemlesing uit die gedigte van SV Petersen en PJ Philander (saamgestel deur WH Vos), Tafelberg
1979 Alleenstryd, Tafelberg
1980 Nag is verby, Tafelberg
1985 Laat kom dan die wind, Perskor

Novels
 
1945 As die son ondergaan, Unie-Volkspers