Jeff Matheson was born in Maryborough, Queensland in June 1945. It was a momentous time in Australian history. Germany had surrendered but Japan had not. Jeff grew up in Maryborough taking in the atmosphere of a moderate sized city in post-war Australia. After attending Maryborough Boys’ High School (the only state run, boys-only secondary school in Queensland), he was granted a Teacher’s Scholarship to train as a teacher and so learned the vocation that he followed all his working life.
While a student at Kelvin Grove Teachers’ Training College he joined the Citizens’ Military Forces (CMF) which was later to become the Army Reserve. Those two things were to become the big things in Jeff’s life and the experiences in both fields of endeavour coloured his thoughts and attitude.
As a classroom teacher (Primary) Jeff taught in a number of schools including postings in Western Queensland where he learned the problems of the people in the outback. Finally he ended up in Gladstone which was in boom town mode. After several years Jeff applied for a transfer to Brisbane. “Why Brisbane?” asked one of his colleagues.
“Because it’s full of single women,” was the reply. It was, and within a couple of years he had married Gail. Together, they have raised two sons, who have both presented the proud couple with a grandchild each.
Jeff quit the Army Reserve as a sergeant and retired from education just as he had started, a classroom teacher. In his retirement he enjoys reading and researching historical subjects which he uses in his writing.
One of the great pleasures of his life is attending Carindale Writers’ Group. He hopes to do this for many years yet.
Sadly, Jeff passed away on 3 November 2017. He had been a member of Carindale Writers' Group for seventeen years. His Napoleonic era character, Charles d'Orsay, brought vividly to life the human side of the European battles for supremacy in the early 1800s, which Jeff portrayed with his usual gentle sense of humour. May he rest in peace.