Matthew was born at the Gladstone Hospital on the 18th of March 1992 to two very proud parents, Donna and Ashley White and two very excited sisters Rochelle and Rebecca.
He attended Glenmore Primary and State High Schools and finished his education at Ingham State High School. Matt was an extremely intelligent young man. Throughout his schooling years he competed in the National Mathematics and the Computer Skills competitions and was awarded Distinctions in both of these fields. Matthew completed the entrance exam in an endeavour to join the Navy. His results were exceptional and qualified him to apply for every single navy position available.
Matthew enjoyed playing Squash and Outrigging and was an avid motor enthusiast. He also had a beautiful singing voice and it was with great pride that he became one of the music school captains. Matt regularly sang the National Anthem at school assemblies and sang at both personal and school functions, regularly astounding his audience with just how lovely his voice was.
As a young adult, Matt joined the Ingham flotilla of the Volunteer Coast Guard. The Commander of this unit considered Matt to be a highly valued and extraordinarily dedicated member of their team. To directly quote Commander Mel Hewett: “I would like to have a few more young people with the calibre of Matthew”.
Matthew was funny, gentle, kind-hearted, open-minded and always wanted to help the people around him. He left a lasting impression on anyone he came into contact with. He loved unreservedly, was generous to a fault and had a wicked sense of humour and will be sadly missed by everyone.