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Tony Matthews was born in Swansea, South Wales, where he was educated at the independent school, Clevedon College. He subsequently travelled extensively through the Middle East, Africa, Asia and the Caribbean while continuing his tertiary education externally.
In 1972, after almost a year in the West Indies, particularly at the beautiful and historic colonial city of Port of Spain, Trinidad, he arrived in Australia where he soon immersed himself totally in his writing career. He worked in the television industry for many years, writing, producing and directing, and during that time wrote a number of highly acclaimed historical documentaries which were broadcast on the Seven Network and ABC Television. His first book, 'This Dawning Land', followed in 1986. Since then Dr Matthews has become a full-time author and has written twenty-nine published books, thirteen television documentaries and approximately five hundred programs for ABC Radio and community radio stations around Australia. His second book, 'Crosses, Australian Soldiers in the Great War', remained on Queensland’s best-selling list for thirteen consecutive weeks following its release in 1987.
Dr Matthews’ books and articles have been published in Australia, England, the United States and New Zealand and his television documentaries are widely distributed to schools, universities, colleges and libraries across Australia. One of his books, 'Shadows Dancing', which was originally published in England and America, was translated and released in Czechoslovakia in 2005. It was re-released in London under the title: 'Spies for Nippon' in November 2010.
Connect with Tony online: http://drtonymatthews.weebly.com.au