Peter Murphy has incredible stories to tell about his parents and his life as a journalist.
Peter Murphy has incredible stories to tell about his parents and his life as a journalist. Mairi Manley

Amazing tales and adventures today at Tweed Library

LOCAL journalist Peter Murphy has a fascinating background.

Now retired, he has stories to tell of his famous father, boxer Tommy Burns, his artist mother, Elizabeth Bousfield, and his own extraordinary adventures as a journalist of 40 years.

"I was destined for adventure with those genes," he told My Daily News.

"I think I have emulated both my mum and my dad in some ways."

Mr Murphy will talk at Tweed Heads Library today at 11am.

He will tell of how his handsome father had a fling with Hollywood actress Joan Crawford and later left his beautiful, artistic mother with two small children.

A terrifying stint as a tour guide in Papua New Guinea found him acting as protector to 20 people when anti-white anger reached its peak in the 1970s.

But possibly the most poignant story is his triumph over death at just 21 years old.

"I was told I was about to die of cardiomyopathy," he relates.

This disease had his heartbeat down to 23 beats a minute.

"I stared at that ECG machine," he said.

"I was not going to die.

"For 48 hours I concentrated on raising my heartbeat and I won the fight."

Once over that huge hump, his survival was guaranteed.

"The doctors were astounded," he said.

Listen to more of Mr Murphy's riveting adventures at Tweed Heads Library at 11am, today.



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