Simon Townsend

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Simon Townsend
Born (1945-11-27) 27 November 1945 (age 71)
Nationality Australian
Occupation Australian journalist
Children Nadia Townsend

Simon Townsend (born 27 November 1945) is an Australian journalist who became a popular television host during the 1980s. He is now retired.

Vietnam War Conscientious Objector[edit]

In the mid-1960s whilst living in Woy Woy and working as a columnist for a community paper he became a conscientious objector against the Vietnam War.

He gained national prominence on his anti-conscription stance, he said, "I suddenly decided to be a . . . objector to the Vietnam War. I then went to Sydney, I met people, I joined the groups and I read. And suddenly I had an intellectual basis for my objection to the Vietnam War. And that was when I got very busy, objecting, going to court and I ended up in Long Bay Gaol for a month. And in 1968 I ended up in the army prison for a month. I was court-martialled while I was there."[1]

Television Host[edit]

Townsend is best remembered in Australia as the host and producer of the popular children's show, Simon Townsend's Wonder World.

In 1993, he hosted a show on the Australian Broadcasting Corporation called TVTV. It contained a mixture of interviews with television personalities promoting their shows and reviews of television shows new to the screen. Presenters of this show were Edith Bliss (who worked previously on Wonder World), James Valentine formerly of Models and Townsend.

He has also appeared on a celebrity version of Sale of the Century.

Personal life[edit]

In recent years Townsend has suffered three strokes. In August 2005, he told ABC TV he feared the next stroke might kill him.

Townsend is the father of actress Nadia Townsend, who appeared on Channel 7's City Homicide.


  1. ^ Talking Heads - Simon Townsend ABC TV Screened: 8 August 2005. Transcript Accessed 5 May 2007

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