Pete grew up in the Western Australian Wheatbelt town of Tammin – in his words, “a place so small even if you don’t blink you’ll miss it.” He eventually left the huge wheat silos behind for big city life, going on to study at Aquinas College in Perth, and eventually the University of WA and University of Canberra.
A self-described journeyman, Pete’s working life has been nothing less than diverse, having found employment as (deep breath!) a bistro food server, fast-food caravan cook, florist delivery driver, football gate attendant, taxi driver, wheat-bin grain sampler and weighbridge operator and even a stint as a Santa Claus! He’s also worked for the Western Australian and Australian Public Services, the Australian Institute of Sport in Canberra and King Fahad National Guard Hospital in Riyadh, Saudi Arabia. Currently, Pete combines two of his greatest passions, creative writing and mathematics, to keep the wolves from the door.
A fan of the Australian cricket team and the East Perth and Fitzroy (R.I.P.) Football Clubs, Pete lives in Perth suburbia with his wife Kathy and their four cats and six goldfish. A supporter of environmental and humanitarian causes, in his spare time (when he has any!) he writes quiz night questions for Cat Haven WA and buys meaningless and space-occupying “junk” from the Internet.
A few more things about Pete…
Pete has a Bachelor of Science from the University of WA, as well as a Bachelor of Arts from the University of Canberra. He has also taught mathematics and statistics at both of his alma mater.
Pete is very passionate about his sport. He was a sports reporter for The Canberra Times and The Community Times, and enjoyed a long stint as the sports subeditor/columnist at Perth’s The Sunday Times.
Before the station ceased broadcasting, Pete worked as a cricket and football commentator at Triple S FM in Canberra.
A fan of post-apocalyptic science fiction, Pete collects Sir Les Patterson memorabilia and relishes visiting obscure places like India and Saudi Arabia.
He has a passion for endangered black cockatoos, specifically the Carnaby, Baudin and Red-Tail.