According to the bio on IMDB: "Terry was born Terence Anthony Stapleton on 10 July 1933 in seaside town of Victor Harbor in South Australia. His parents were William Stapleton and Millicent Elizabeth Manderson, who had moved to South Australia from the town of Bendigo in Victoria. He worked for a time as a Draftsman with the Defence Department until Hector Crawford held auditions for the lead roles in a the soon to be produced Homicide. He was ultimately unsuccessful for a role as a policeman, being told that he was too good looking to pass as one, but was asked by Hector Crawford whether he could write. After submitting some of his plays and a trial writing episodes of Homicide, he was hired and made the move from Adeliade to Melbourne which would become his home."