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Frank Tot was born in Zrinski-Topolovac, Croatia.  He immigrated to Sydney, Australia in his late teens.

In Sydney, he ran his own business as a carpenter and joiner, with a specialty in shopfitting.  He was offered a scholarship to study at university for his Diploma of Teaching (Technical) by TAFE NSW who he was then employed by for 12 years at their  Sydney and Wollongong campuses.

He retired on medical grounds due to injury to his hands and is now living with his two dogs in sunny Queensland.

Frank started writing poems during the time of the Croatian war of independence in the early 1990s.  He was drawn closer to the óld country’ through his charity work. He used poetry to express his intense feelings during those arduous times. This collection of poems is a small selection of his work produced since that time.  They are mainly in Croatian with a few in English.  The range of topics relates to life and death, emotion and national pride.  One poem inspired a song produced by a popular Croatian artist, Miso Zedja.