Call to arms to assist a fellow blogger and photographer

I am sure that the name Tony Middelton (Tone) is very familiar to you all and I have learned today via Andrew Brown’s blog that Tony had all of his gear stolen yesterday along with all of his back up drives and 10 years worth of images!

To say that he is gutted is an understatement!

I would like to do something to assist Tony to get back out there doing what he does best and Ben from Team Digital has agreed to offer a good price on the gear he has lost.

So I am asking everyone out there in blog land to put a donation to this account which I have set up purely for this appeal. Any and every donation will be much appreciated by Tony and I hope we can go someway towards replacing his kit.

Of course we can never replace the 10 years worth of kick butt images, but at least we might be able to get him up and running again and ease the pain a bit!

Andrew Brown from Abscenes has a post up listing all the gear that has been stolen from Tony. Please keep an eye out and let myself or Tony Middelton know if you come across it on Ebay etc.

I have started an account where the donations can be put into, so if you are keen to support Tony, please email me at and I will send you the account details.


~ by True North Mark on November 16, 2010.

30 Responses to “Call to arms to assist a fellow blogger and photographer”

  1. Absolutely shocking news. I feel sick just thinking about it. Don’t know Tony but always happy to support a fellow photographer and Victorian. Sent you an email.

    Been busy here with a new addition to the family. Really enjoying your PNG images. You are making very good use of your new 17mm tilt shift.

    Pete Ng

    • Great to hear from you Peter…my favorite foot doctor! πŸ™‚

      I have sent you an email with the account details…thanks heaps mate!

  2. I am more than happy to help out. Gut wrenching.

    I’m not suggesting that there is a connection, however, I did notice that Tone posted on facebook that he was off to QLD last week. So just a suggestion for everyone, don’t post on facebook that you’re heading away on holidays, or away for the weekend.

    Read this.

  3. Ouch! 😦 Definitely keen to do my bit. Will drop you an email after I get home.

  4. Shit that is terrible news, Tone must be gutted and terribly depressed. Man that is so unfair! I will do what I can, Mark shoot me an email with details please. I hope the bastards are found and jailed and then reincarnated back in jail

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  6. So painful!
    I am praying i sell an image soon as i said on facebook all profits will go to Tony!

    • Way to go Dylan!

      We have a dozen supporters already which is wonderfull news for Tony!



  7. Mark

    It is great that you have set this up please send me through an email I am only too happy to help.

    Ill be off to get a couple hard drives tomorrow and keeping a couple backups in different locations after this.



  8. Top work Mark. This is the best of the Aussie spirit to smash the worst. I’ll shoot you a separate mail in the next day or so with my contribution, just got to get it past the man himself first…

    • Happy to help poor old Tone man!

      He is a great guy and doesn’t deserve this so it is the least I can do.

      Thanks for the heads up this morning.



  9. Welcome back Mark. Bad news indeed. Great to see the Aussie spirit alive and well. Well done mate for helping out Tony. You’re a big man! Count me in with those bank numbers too.
    Cheers mate

  10. Very bad news and hard to say much to ease the pain but also great to see everyone getting together. Thanks for the details Mark.

  11. Shit that’s bad , poor bloke , i really feel for him.

    The gear’s easy to replace, but the images, …… just got to hope those hard drives show up somewhere.

    Send me the details Mark , count me in.

  12. Hi everyone πŸ™‚
    FIrstly I would like to thank Mark, Christian and Ben from TD – unbelievable , unasked and overwhelming ! To all of you wonderful photographers and more importantly people – your thoughts and support is incredible !
    In regards to the robbery, I had got home from an awesome wk on qld with my good friend Ben Messina the Sunday night and gone to work early the next morning only to find on my return that every camera, lens, hard drive, computer, unpacked bags, money, tools of my trade, dive gear etc the list goes on – gone ! All these contents temporarily uninsured whilst waiting for payments to go through. A tiny risk window that may not have covered me regardless.

    • No wukkers Tone!

      Everyone has been fantastic as you say, but I guess the support is to be expected….seeing as we are a cool bunch of crew eh!:)

      Glad to be of assistance mate!



  13. Ooops – i accidently posted the above comment unfinished – the beauty of only having a phone ! πŸ™‚

    ThNks everyone and I can’t wait to get back up and running again sometime and ireally hope via another miracle that I get my priceless images back from remote and amazing places and experiences around aust !
    Talk soon and ever so thankful for all you wonderful ppl that i have got to lnow in recent years and those others that just share our passion here in blog land πŸ™‚

  14. Still don’t even know what to say- but just devastating news.
    Hope so much that the images are found/returned!

  15. Mark, please send me the details, horrible thing to happen…

  16. Thanks once again everyone – yes positive energy is great and please thieves hand in my hard drives !!!!!!

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