Tom (Snr) was born in 1914 and died in 2002. His earlier career path was as a Sydney newspaper journalist, encompassing ballet & theatre criticism, political reporting and commentary for the Sydney Morning Herald, The Sun, and Art in Australia, among other journals. His second career, commencing in the early 1950’s, was industrial, when he founded a construction sand company at Kurnell. This supplied building and specialised industrial sand throughout Sydney for over 50 years, including the sand for the concrete in the Sydney Opera House.
The company has subsequently diversified into site rehabilitation, construction materials recycling, land subdivision and development.