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Tony Morphett was born in 1938 in Sydney’s industrial west at Granville in New South Wales, Australia, and educated at Rosehill Primary and Parramatta High Schools. The fourth of four children, his early reading and later storytelling were heavily influenced by his mother Olive, an English teacher, and his father Melville, a sales manager in the rag trade and a veteran of both World Wars. He owes them more than he can say.

In 1956 Tony Morphett became a copyboy and then a cadet reporter on the Sydney Daily Telegraph, but television was just beginning in Australia and he made a career move to the Talks Department of the Australian Broadcasting Commission (later renamed Corporation).

From 1957 to 1967 Tony Morphett worked for the A.B.C. doing interviews on both radio and television and producing documentary programs. During these years he had three novels published and several stage plays produced.

In 1968 after selling his novel Dynasty to a publisher in the USA Tony Morphett went freelance as a screenwriter for television and film and has since written or co-written seven feature films, ten telemovies, twelve miniseries, and some hundreds of episodes of television series drama as well as devising or co-devising seven television series. He has won 14 industry awards for television screenwriting.

At various periods, Tony Morphett served on the committee of the Australian Writers’ Guild, on the Literature Board of the Australia Council from 1977 to 1981, on the board of the Australian Children’s Television Foundation from 1985 to1994 and on the Australian Writers’ Foundation board from 2003 to the present.

Tony Morphett is married to artist Inga Hunter. They share six children and eleven grandchildren.