Brenton Tarrant is from Grafton, a town in the Northern Rivers area in the south-eastern state of New South Wales. In his manifesto, ‘The Grand Substitution’ describes Tarrant himself as a “normal white man”, grew up in a family and the fact that it is not wide. He had but little interest in his education and obtained no significant diplomas.
His father Rodney was, according to his former employer, who is quoted by the Australian ABC network News, also a passionate athlete. Rodney died of cancer linked to asbestosis in 2010 at only 49 years of age. Tarrant had just out of high school finished. It is not clear whether his mother and sister still in Grafton to live.