DiY Power Wheelchair Repair

Your first bath.


Family Portrait


Your Grandma and you on your first Birthday


Your 1st Birthday Cake


Aunt Cheryl and Mervyn and you 1st Birthday


You and I chilling out with lisa


Seaworld trip


Seaworld Trip 2


Shower time for the both of us


Your Uncle Peter, Your Grandma and Myself

My sisters and my mum

Me when i was 18

A picture i took fishing the Seaway jetty one morning

Hello Nick,

My Name is Tony Matthews, i lost contact with you over 15 years ago. I have been looking for you since that time.

Now that i have found you, I very very much would like to get to know you.

You were the most awesome, unexpected gift that came into my life, i miss being part of your life.

If its with in my ability i will do anything it takes to repair the relationship i broke between us.

Professional advice has been that i contact you and hope for the best

// 6/9/2017 ….but then again professional advice was also to attend rehab and to trust the court process … no one penciled in a head on crash at 200km an hour with a drunk driver …


I will answer any questions you might have.

So that you have some idea of the person that is trying to rekindle contact with you, i have written some things about myself.

I was injured on my way home the last day of the Gold Coast Indy car carnival October 2004, the resulting injuries putting an end to my ability to pursue access (no matter how limited) via the courts, the funding i had dried up and i did not know what was happening with myself (from a medical understanding, neither did the doctors).

It did not help that the following year i was hit by a car again and again ended up in hospital.

It’s taken over 10 years to understand the triggers for my extreme epilepsy and other brain related difficulties.

Its only been this year that i have found a definitive cause and limited treatment options, most of which still turn out to be a very restricted life style and ability to interact.

The weekend i met your mum I was kicked in the head at City Rowers night club by a person standing on a stage, i was knocked out and required medical attention.

The following night !  Outside the Victory night club, i was king hit, knocked out and smashed my head on a concrete ledge, the injuries this night were really bad and i should have been in emergency but without ambulance cover the night club staff looked after me for an hour or so and i then i drove myself home to change and called Lisa, went to her home and she took care of me.

Both incidents were completely unprovoked, i was just in the wrong place at the wrong time.

….If only i knew then what i know about head injuries.

The latter incident has gone on to be a called a ‘one punch’ attack and i did not even remember it till a story a few years ago of a guy dying outside the same club in the city from the same type of attack.

Both incidents occurred the weekend i met your mum.

Not till this latest brain injury (in 2004) that laid me out completely did i begin to know about the effects of head injuries.

I don’t know what you think of me, its probably not good…

I know and people that know me know i am a good, well meaning and hard working person.

I am hoping that at the very least you read this open letter and consider asking any question or questions you might have.



General info about me:
I am 43, live with my wife of 8 years Naomi and Shiba Inu dog on the Gold Coast.
Naomi has a brain injury from a stroke when she was a kid.
We imported Hana from Japan early 2016
My phone number is 0412 518 470.
My email is

This is a picture of Hana

This is a picture of Naomi and I at her graduation for English.

The chair you see me on in the picture above is on
I designed and patented, it was on the ABC New Inventors
Show a few years back and the video is on YouTube .

My YouTube Channel is

This web page is one i did up for you on the Monday after fathers day 2017, with links and pictures it.

I have been volunteering at Sailability Gold Coast since the car accident in 2004 and this is my site for the club

As you will see from my Facebook page and the YouTube Ch info, i love my dance music, i cant listen to it much for long any more but i still love it.

I love my electronics currently into Arduino stuff.
Coding and now designing and manufacturing my own circuit boards.

My Arduino controlled wheelchair RC project has been taken up by others around the world one guy using it to interface with the eye movements to control his friends power wheelchair, her eyes the only thing she is able to control.

I found fishing a few years ago to be one of the few things i could do and quite enjoy it, having gone so far as to get my own boat and developed from scratch a way to re-purpose my power wheelchairs when they wear out, to get the boat to the car.

I got into salt water aquariums after being paralyzed for so long (on and off as a side effect of the epilepsy), it gave me something to look at, i am on MASA and other forums as ‘gcebiker’ but only have a nano reef tank at the moment.

I like gardening and have a little Aquaponics setup in the back yard, its all paved for the wheelchair. Garden beds are inconvenient so i lifted it all up to my chair height, the fish are mostly for decoration and to keep the mosquitoes larvae under control.

I like building stuff, engineering it, shopping for the bits and tweaking it.

I would very much like to get to know you, very very much.



My Brother Peters YouTube Ch is

Peters facebook page

On my side of the family you have

  • A Grandfather and mother (Garry and Carol Matthews)
  • Uncle (Peter Matthews)his kids, Sherkeria, Adainy, Drey, Keaan
  • Aunt (Cheryl Bunny)her kids, Tameka & Mervyn
  • Aunt (Lauren Lonegran)her baby that i don’t know , she lives a long way from me since she remarried.
  • Fostered sister Kelly and her kids