The Northern Daily Leader  ( founded in 1876 ) , was previously published as The Tamworth Daily Observer, The Daily Observer and The Tamworth Observer and Northern Advertiser, is a daily newspaper produced in the city of Tamworth, New South Wales, Australia. Tamworth itself was gazetted as a public town in 1850.


  1. The Northern Daily Leader has run articles about or including Warren Rodwell in 2010, 2011, 2012, 2013 and 2014. ( See sample links below ) In 2010, it was in regard to promotion of the historical wall plaques being installed at Tamworth West Public School. The subsequent years ( 2011 – 2014 ) concerned Mr Rodwell’s  kidnapping by Islamic terrorists in the southern Philippines.
  2. NDL 14 Oct 2012 http://www.northerndailyleader.com.au/story/396343/kidnap-victim-warren-rodwell-gone-but-not-forgotten/
  3. NDL 18 Oct 2014 http://www.northerndailyleader.com.au/story/2633136/what-coming-from-a-country-town-is-about/
  4. NDL 31 Jan 2013 http://www.northerndailyleader.com.au/story/1272060/kidnappers-post-demand-warren-rodwell-barely-alive/

Tamworth NSW


Although born in Sydney, Warren grew up and attended Tamworth West Public ( school vice-captain in 1970 ) and Tamworth High Schools. In fact, his late father was a bricklayer, who helped build THS in the late 1950s. Warren’s late mother’s name was Ellen Rodwell ( nee Scott ). Tamworth was her hometown. Their family connection dates back to at least 1915 when  great grandfather John Ditton Scott ( 1871 – 1955)  transferred down from Glen Innes as a railway employee. One locally-based cousin jokes that before she got married herself, she was related to 25% of the people in Tamworth. After marriage, that increased to 50%.






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    “472 Days Captive of the Abu Sayyaf -The Survival of Australian Warren Rodwell” by Dr Bob East (2015) Published by Cambridge Scholars Publishing, United Kingdom ISBN 13 978-1-4438-7058-0 http://www.cambridgescholars.com/472-days-captive-of-the-abu-sayyaf


    In December 2011, the Australian world traveller, ex-member of the Australian Regular Army and university teacher Warren Richard Rodwell was kidnapped for ransom in the Mindanao region of the southern Philippines by a group of criminals claiming to be members of the notorious terrorist/insurgent organisation the Abu Sayyaf Group. This particular group had loose ties with other insurgent groups that were indulging in similar criminal activity in the greater Sulu Archipelago area including the Zamboanga peninsular – where Rodwell was abducted.

    Rodwell was kept prisoner for a total of 472 days making him the longest held Australian captive outside of official Prisoners-of-War (POWs). During his 472 days of captivity he was moved between various jungle hideouts in the Islands of Basilan and Tawi-Tawi, eventually being freed by his captors only a few kilometres from where he was originally kidnapped.

    His tale of survival is made all the more remarkable considering he endured an untreated gunshot wound and an almost starvation diet – losing over one third of his body weight – and was forced to walk and climb in oppressive heat and under constant threat of being beheaded. When he was finally released in March 2013 he was emaciated, physically and emotionally at the lowest point in his life, and totally bewildered.

    During his period of obligatory debriefing by both Philippine and Australian authorities, an amazing tale of survival unfolded. Rodwell’s determination to overcome all obstacles in his path to eventual freedom is the quintessence of all that is dear in life – life itself.

    Book available in hardcover and Amazon Kindle editions … http://www.amazon.com.au/472-days-Captive-Abu-Sayyaf-ebook/dp/B00R1ZXD7O


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