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Author to visit markets

Friday, 11th October, 2019

Terry Tweedie with his book ‘Don Tweedie Fighting Bandsman’s Last Stand’. PICTURE: Emily Ferguson Terry Tweedie with his book ‘Don Tweedie Fighting Bandsman’s Last Stand’. PICTURE: Emily Ferguson

“Don Tweedie Fighting Bandsman’s Last Stand”, is a story of courage, determination, heroism, faith, love and mateship throughout World War II.

This is a very personal account of Terry Tweedie’s father’s experiences of battle, capture, imprisonment by the Japanese, survival and how he managed to live with those experiences after he came home.

Terry, from Coffs Harbour, is in Broken Hill celebrating his brother Geoff’s 70th birthday.

Geoff, a train driver, has lived in Broken Hill for 50 years.

Terry was born in Grafton on the north coast of NSW, educated in Forbes then became a dairy hand, wool buyer, spare parts salesman and then a nurseryman with the Forestry Commission of NSW where he worked for 37 years, mainly as an Environmental Research Officer specialising in threatened flora and fauna.

He started as a field worker but was offered three scholarships to gain qualifications later in life. 

He eventually graduated with an Associate Diploma in Land Management, Diploma of Forestry (Hons.), and then a Bachelor of Applied Science (Natural Resource Management).

He authored and co-authored six Scientific Research Papers in ecology and environmental research.

Terry retired in 2011 but continued to work privately, part time, in ecological work on the Pacific Highway.

About three years ago he told a friend (who was a Vietnam veteran) his father’s WWII story and was talked into writing a book about his father’s experiences as a prisoner of the Japanese in Changi.

He said he didn’t know how to write a book, but eventually gave in and had it published in late 2016.

He says he had no idea about marketing and was not comfortable with selling through websites, so has been marketing it himself through book signings and local weekend markets, selling about 700 books this way.

People like to stop and talk about the story because they know he is the author and not just a salesman.

Terry loves to talk to people who stop for a chat, as they have their own stories to tell about what their family members went through in similar circumstances in WWII, or as a POW.

Come and see Terry at the Broken Hill Community Markets this Saturday morning, October 12, between 8am and 12.30pm. You will find him on your right as you enter the driveway of the Centre for Community in Beryl St.  Just look for the beach umbrella.

Terry will also be at the Under The Silver Tree Bookshop today from 10am to 2pm for a book signing.

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