George Hatfield was a local businessman and strong promoter of youth movements in Preston. Born in Richmond in 1895, Hatfield served in the A.I.F. during the First World War before establishing a small knitting factory in Croxton. This later relocated to Plenty Road, Preston as the business expanded. Hatfield was a Councillor from 1947 to 1953. He was also a Justice of the Peace. He partnered with Cr. Gayther to establish the Youth centre in Broadway, Reservoir. Hatfield died in 1953, aged only 60.
Preston Historical Society (1968). Brief biographies of prominent Preston People. Preston(Vic.):Author