Tony was born in Cumbria , in the U.K. Lake District, and was raised in a predominantly Irish family. He finished his secondary schooling at St Anselm's College, Grammar School, Birkenhead, Merseyside U.K. ,( After first completing a year in the Preparatory -Primary School, 'Redcourt-St Anselm's'). He worked at Cadbury's Factory, then in the Civil Service (Foreign and Commonwealth), in London, before moving to Australia.
His father was from Dublin and his grandmother was of Jewish, origin but didn't practise. She was very eclectic and into spiritualism and other philosophies. She also used to give psychic readings.
His grandmother, took him around visiting Jewish people and places, when Ihe was very young. So giving him a broader liberal outlook on religions.
(On his mother's side, his direct family also pioneered Montana U.S.A., (McNallys from Armagh). His mother lives in County Louth, Republic of Ireland.
After working in the cane-fields, civil service, building sites, factories, and spending many years in sales. He traveled and worked in the U.S., U.K. Ireland, The Far East, India, Mexico, and Canada, British Columbia, where he now resides. He also attended 'Queensland University', Australia, as a mature student. He became interested in mysticism and philosophy and for a time followed a teacher in India. He even spent some time on an ashram there, on a couple of occasions. Since, though he has said, ' I realised that there is only ever the teacher, 'within'.