Tony Morphett

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Tony Morphett
Tony Morphett 2011.jpg
Tony Morphett in October 2011
Born Anthony David Morphett
(1938-03-10)10 March 1938
Granville, New South Wales
Nationality Australian
Occupation writer
Years active 1964–present
  • Betty Savage (1961–1968)
  • Inga Hunter (1969–present)
  • Eric Roche 1960–
  • Daniel Morphett 1962–
  • Ben Morphett 1963–
  • Alexander Roche 1963–
  • Anna Morphett 1965–
  • Emma Morphett Hunter 1970 (deceased)
  • Sarah Morphett 1972–
  • Melville Morphett (1898–1978)
  • Olive Morphett (nee Champness) (1897–1980)
Website Tony Morphett – The Bottom Drawer

Tony Morphett (born 10 March 1938 in Granville, New South Wales, Australia) is a writer.

Tony Morphett has written or co-written seven feature films, ten telemovies, twelve miniseries, and some hundreds of episodes of TV series drama as well as devising or co-devising seven TV series. He has won 14 industry awards for TV screenwriting.

He created or co-created many Australian television series, including: Dynasty, Certain Women. Sky Trackers, Blue Heelers, Water Rats, Above the Law and Rain Shadow.


Morphett started as a copy-boy and cadet reporter for the Daily Telegraph in 1956.

He moved to the ABC in 1957 where he worked in the ABC Talks Department for 10 years, presenting The Lively Arts and Spectrum. While at the ABC he published his early novels.

In 1968 Morphett left the ABC to become a freelance writer, writing primarily for TV and film.

Morphett was on the board of the Children's Television Foundation for 8 years from 1985-1994.

Morphett was on the board of the Literature board of the Australia Council for 4 years from 1977-1981.

Morphett served on the committee of the Australian Writers' Guild at various times.

Morphett has been a board member of the Australian Writers' Foundation from 2003 to the present.

Career highlights include writing the scripts for the feature films The Shiralee, The Last Wave and Robbery Under Arms, and the devising of the TV series Blue Heelers, Water Rats and Certain Women.

Personal life[edit]

Two marriages:

  • 1962: Morphett married Betty Savage, daughter of Major Percival Savage, DSO, MBE and Marjorie Savage (née Hall). They had three children: Daniel, Benjamin and Anna. They divorced in 1968.
  • 1969: Morphett lived with and later married Inga Hunter, daughter of Professor T.G. Hunter and Helena Hunter (née Wright). They had two children: Emma (deceased) and Sarah.

Morphett and Inga Hunter live together in the Blue Mountains, west of Sydney, with a number of cats.


Stage Plays[edit]

  • I've Come about the Assassination (1966)[1]
  • The Rise and Fall of Boronia Avenue (1969)[2]
  • The Magic Apron (1969)[3]


  • Tony Morphett (1964). Mayor's Nest. Jacaranda Press.  (novel)
  • Tony Morphett (1967). Dynasty. Jacaranda Press.  (novel)
  • Tony Morphett (1969). Thorskald. Lloyd O'Neil.  (novel)
  • Tony Morphett (1985). Quest Beyond Time. Penguin Books with Australian Children's Television Foundation. ISBN 0140084096.  (science fiction)
  • Tony Morphett (1993). The Distant Home. Mammoth. ISBN 1863302182.  (science fiction)
  • Tony Morphett (1985). A Hole in my Ceiling. Hodder & Stoughton. ISBN 0340271825.  (non-fiction)
  • Tony Morphett (2013). Starship Home. Amazon.  (science fiction)

Awards and nominations[edit]

  • 1970 Awgie: Tony Morphett for Delta ep. 19 "A Touch Of DFP".[4]
  • 1970 Penguin: Tony Morphett – Scriptwriting for Dynasty play.[5]
  • 1971 Logie: Tony Morphett – Best Scriptwriter.[5]
  • 1971 Penguin: Tony Morphett – Scriptwriting for episode 12 "The Killing Ground".[5]
  • 1971 Awgie: Tony Morphett – Best Script For A TV Drama Series for episode 5 "Cry Me A River".[5]
  • 1972 Logie: Tony Morphett – Best Scriptwriter, for Dynasty.[6]
  • 1978 Sammy Award – best writer TV series.[7]
  • 1989 Awgie: Tony Morphett – for "The Damage Done".[8]
  • 2002 Awgie: Tony Morphett – for "Letting Go" (Blue Heelers).[9]


  • "The Dictionary of Performing Arts in Australia — Theatre . Film . Radio . Television — Volume 1" — Ann Atkinson, Linsay Knight, Margaret McPhee — Allen & Unwin Pty. Ltd., 1996
  • "The Australian Film and Television Companion" — compiled by Tony Harrison — Simon & Schuster Australia, 1994
  1. ^ "Tony Morphett – Complete Guide to the Playwright". The Playwright's Database. Retrieved 24 April 2011. 
  2. ^ Adrian Guthrie (2009). "The experimental Jane Street seasons: seeking the Australian play and finding Australian performances". Double Dialogues. Retrieved 24 April 2011. 
  3. ^ ""The Magic apron" by Tony Morphett, 1969". State Library of NSW. 2007. Retrieved 24 April 2011. 
  4. ^ Don Storey (2008). "Classic Australian Television – Delta Episode Details". Classic Australian Television. Retrieved 23 April 2011. 
  5. ^ a b c d Don Storey (2008). "Classic Australian Television – Dynasty Episode Details". Classic Australian Television. Retrieved 23 April 2011. 
  6. ^ "The TV Week Logie Awards". MilesAgo. 1972. Retrieved 23 April 2011. 
  7. ^ "Crawford Production Awards". Crawford Production. Retrieved 24 April 2011. 
  8. ^ Kitty MacAlpine. "A Country Practice – Awards Won". JNP Productions. Retrieved 23 April 2011. 
  9. ^ T. Zuk (1998–2011). "Australian Television Information Archive". Australian Television Information Archive. Retrieved 23 April 2011. 

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