Born in Sydney NSW in 1932, the author’s education began in Lithgow and continued in Bathurst until he obtained his Intermediate Certificate in 1947.
He was accepted into the Royal Australian Air Force Apprenticeship Scheme in 1949 and graduated from the RAAF School of Technical Training, Wagga Wagga, as an aircraft electrical fitter in 1951. His service career spanned a period of twenty years during which he saw service in Malaysia and Vietnam. This service terminated with his discharge from the RAAF in 1969 after which he settled with his family in Brisbane.
The return to civilian life employment covered a diverse number of occupations, the first being a real estate representative before joining Ansett Airlines at Brisbane airport as a traffic officer. January 1982 saw Peter establish a customer service department for TNT Couriers in Brisbane. During his two years with TNT, he helped set up the schedule for the manual recovery of Lotto coupons throughout the State of Queensland. This earned him a job offer with the Golden Casket Lotteries Commission as an area manager. An office was established in Townsville where Peter was a founding member and stayed here as a corporate image co-coordinator until his retirement in October 1993.
A successful marriage of forty-two years was cut short by the death of his wife after she succumbed to cancer in 1996. A supportive family of five children and ten grandchildren helped his recovery after this tragedy.
He developed a love for travel and completed a course in travel writing and photography with the Australian College of Journalism in 1998. The love of writing sparked his enthusiasm to complete his memoirs and have them privately published for his family in September 2000.
He now enjoys his leisure with other interests in furniture restoration, the occasional game of golf and photography.