John Alexander was born in Warrigal Victoria, 1942. After his parents divorced when he was three, John lived with his mother, older sister and grandparents in the Melbourne suburb of Kew. John left school at fourteen years old as a messenger boy, but after moving to Queensland at eighteen, he worked his way up from jackeroo to head stockman to manager and then pastoral manager. He then started at Yarramalong Outdoor Recreation Centre at Lake Moogerah in Queensland. John brought horse safety and education to Australia and promoted tourism to South East Queensland. John is happily married to his loving wife, Helen, and has two children, Damon and Deborah.