is the name of an Australian
family of both Danish
descent. The common ancestors of the Australian family is Georg Peter Bjelke-Petersen, a Danish
farmer and master-builder, and his wife Caroline Vilhelmine (maiden name Hansen). They came to Australia with their children in 1891. Born plain Petersen, Georg hyphenated his name some time in the 1860s.
The Bjelke-Petersens have had an impact on politics in Queensland
, at both state and Commonwealth levels, for 60 years.
- Hans Bjelke-Petersen (1872-1964) founded the Bjelke-Petersen School of Physical Culture in 1892 - as of 2005, there were 180 associated clubs throughout Australia. He was Georg Peter Bjelke-Petersen's son.
- Marie Bjelke Petersen (1874-1969) was an Australian novelist. Note the lack of hyphen in her version of this name. She was Georg Peter Bjelke-Petersen's daughter.