John has produced four radio documentaries for ABC Radio National/RN: Bush Fires, Ups and Downs of Scaffolding, The Last Ship Built in the Dockyard [HMAS Success in Sydney's Cockatoo Island Dockyard] and Underground about Lithgow Mine Rescue in the Western Coal fields and Triple J's World Environment Day Special in 1991. He's also made three films The Occupation of Cockatoo Island Dockyard 1989, No Blood For Oil on the 1990 Gulf War, The Deregistration of the Builders Labourers Federation-the Victorian Story 1986-1992. He's also been involved in community radio since 1987 and the magazine Green Left Weekly since 1990.
Before becoming a history teacher in 2000, he worked in a variety of blue collar jobs as a labourer, scaffolder, rigger, dogman, railway fettler, painter and docker.
In 2006 he set up the website Tog's Place.Com. The name Togs comes from the Cobb and Co way station, Togs's Place, his Italian grandfather Antonio Tognolini and grandmother Annie, native born of English and Irish convicts, used to work and live with their 13 children, from the Victorian Gold Rush to it becoming the family farm in Yandoit in Central Victoria.
He has a First Class Honours Degree in Communications from the University of Technology, Sydney and a Diploma of Secondary Education from the University of Western Sydney.
He lived in Katoomba for sixteen years before moving to Wellington in Central West New South Wales in 2008. The Mountain City Murders, his first novel was published by Adelaide's Ginninderra Press in 2010. His autobiographical account of heart disease Singing Johnny Cash in Cardiac Ward, A Personal Story of Heart Disease and Music was published in 2013, both are available through WritersandEbooks. He is currently completing his historical novel series Brothers with the following three parts concentrating on the Western Front in France and Belgium from 1916 to 1918.
He is also a musician and poet.
Links to his books in store:
- A History Man's Past & Other People's Stories: A Shared Memo.
- Singing Johnny Cash In The Cardiac Ward.
- The Mountain City Murders.
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