About Me

Matthew I’m a Rotarian and a Rotary Youth Exchange alumni, living in Canberra, Australia.

I am an enthusiast of technology, digital communications, world history, cartography, geography, music, my family tree, and digital photography.

As a child of the 1970s and 80s, I remain astounded with our hyper-connected world.

I enjoy learning more about societies and their cultures located in far-off lands around the world, and I am an observer of domestic and international politics.

I begin my journey with photography as a teenager when I took photography classes at high school; I purchased my own SLR film camera (which I still have) and created a darkroom in my home where I processed the (black and white) film and developed photos. Nowadays, I primarily capture photos with my iPhone, which is occasionally supplanted by my digital SLR.

Rotary Youth Exchange portrait
Matthew, prior to commencing my Rotary Youth Exchange in 1988

Almost 30 years since my Rotary Youth Exchange, I remain an enthusiastic supporter of the program and my family and I give back by hosting inbound Youth Exchange students, offering an opportunity to experience a life in a year in Australia.

In addition, my children are now members of the Rotary Youth Exchange family; my daughter having experienced a once-in-a-lifetime experience abroad in Germany in 2014 and my son began his Rotary Youth Exchange in the Netherlands in January 2018.