Peter Cornelius WIESENEKKER
Northern Territory Police Force
Regd. # ?
Rank: Senior Constable
Stations: Qld ?,
N.T. Palmerston, Casuarina, Daly River, Nhulunbuy, Port Keats, Maningrida & Jabiru
Served: From 1995 to August 2010 – N.T. Police
From ? to 1995 – Qld Police
Death date: 2 August 2010
Cause: Motor vehicle collision
Funeral date: 13 August 2010
Funeral location: Brisbane
Grave location: ?
Bolivian rescue team carries the body of Australian climber Peter Cornelius Wiesenekker
Members of a Bolivian rescue team carry the body of Australian climber Peter Cornelius Wiesenekker, who died while climbing the Tuni Condoriri mountain near El Alto, La Paz, on August 2, 2010.
Climbing death rocks Brisbane family
Australian’s body set for return after climb fall
The body of an Australian man killed while mountaineering in Bolivia will be returned home early next week.
Northern Territory police officer Peter Wiesenekker was killed while climbing in the Bolivian Andes last week.
Senior Constable Wiesenekker was fatally injured when he and his guide fell about 200 metres from a crag. The guide survived.
Senior Constable Wiesenekker was on long service leave from the Territory police force.
He had served in the Queensland police force before moving to the Territory in 1995.
He took up mountaineering several years ago after giving up smoking.
He had set himself the goal of climbing the world’s biggest summits, and had trekked Kilimanjaro in recent years.
His brother Paul says the family is coping as well as can be expected.
They have been told that Senior Constable Wiesenekker’s body will be returned to Australia on Monday or Tuesday.
A police funeral is expected to be held in Brisbane late next week.
The talk in the local Jabiru Supermarket this week was of the tragic death of local Senior Constable Peter Cornelius Wiesenekker.
Peter died doing what he loved, climbing mountains. He took up the sport after giving up smoking. He was on long service leave prior to taking a transfer from Jabiru. He was stationed at Jabiru for four years.
Peter an experienced climber fell 200 metres from a crag to his death while climbing near a 5,700-metre peak in the Condoriri mountain range, in the Condoriri National Park in the Bolivian Andes. Near the small village of Tuni set in Llama pastures.
Condoriri is a group of mountains that soar above 5,000 meters. Their 13 peaks form a circle. The name Condoriri comes from the formation’s resemblance to a condor with outstretched wings.
Condoriri National Park’s stunning glacial mountains accessible by pack animals could not be more different than Peter’s home in Kakadu National Park. Peter a quiet man lived his life to the full.
Peter’s has two daughters in Victoria and family in Queensland. Local information is a limited, it appears that Queensland funeral directors have been engaged and are in the difficult process of retrieving Peters remains from Bolivia.
Peter was well respected here in Jabiru and his death has come as a shock. His name is now mentioned in subdued tones.
In Jabiru Peter could be seen formally in his clean cut pressed uniform seeking me out in my capacity as a the local Justice of the Peace. In order to get court papers signed.
I new him as a reserved professional officer with a rye smile and a dry wit. On his days off Peter could be seen in his not so pressed shorts, singlet and thongs with a bigger off duty smile.
Jabiru and Kakadu will miss him deeply and our thoughts go out to his family.
We were safe under his watch.
Post Script; Peter’s funeral was held on Friday the 13th. August in Queensland.