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Peter Cundall, 2000

Courtesy ABC Tasmania

Peter Cundall, 2000

Peter Cundall has been gardening since he was a child. He served in the British armed forces and in 1946 he accidentally wandered over the border into Yugoslavia and was captured by Marshal Tito’s partisans. Charged with espionage by Yugoslavian authorities he was sentenced to four years imprisonment without a trial. After spending almost six months in solitary confinement in a tiny, unlit cell, swarming with lice and bedbugs at Ljubljana , he was released due to British Government pressure. In 1950 he enlisted in the Australian army as a means of getting here quickly. He started radio broadcasting in 1967 with one of the world's first gardening talkback programs from a Launceston commercial station. From 1990 he has been main presenter with the ABC's national 'Gardening Australia ' television program. He also conducts a state-wide, radio gardening talkback program each Saturday morning promoting the joys of gardening and the benefits of organic home-grown vegetables.