Listen To Older Voices : Elaine McGavin – Part 1

 
Welcome to Listen To Older Voices, a program produced by Rob Greaves
for Uniting Melba and podcast through the Toorak Times and Tagg.

Listen To Older Voices presents the stories, views and opinions of our older citizens. It is predominantly in a life & times format, with interviewees reflecting upon their lives from earliest memories. An underlying principle of the program is to promote the concept of positive ageing, reinforcing the principle that older people have & continue to make a valuable contribution to both their local & wider community.

This is another wonderful Golden Moment Repeat program, where we have dipped into our vault of treasured memories and retrieved a story from the archives that we believe deserves being repeated for those who may have missed it the first time. The story of Elaine McGavin was first aired in November of 2007. 
Welcome to part 1 of a 2-part program featuring Elaine McGavin. Elaine was 72 years of age when interviewed in September of 2007. She takes us on a journey starting from what are amazing recollections of her life at only 18 months old. As a teen she played in the Victorian Junior netball squad, a game she continued to play even after having children.
She is a wonderfully warm person with a great sense of humor. Elaine speaks at length of the closeness of her family and the things they did together. Her life is full of great events and some surprises, including having a famous musical brother, Athol Guy, who was a member of what was probably Australia’s greatest trio the Seekers.

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[Listen To Older Voices is a Uniting Melba program and receives funding from the Commonwealth Government through the Commonwealth Home Support Program]

Listen To Older Voices : Chris Stockley – Part 4

 Welcome to Listen To Older Voices, a program produced 
by Rob Greaves for Uniting Melba and podcast through the Toorak Times
and Tagg.
Listen To Older Voices presents the stories, views and opinions of our older citizens. It is predominantly in a life & times format, with interviewees reflecting upon their lives from earliest memories. An underlying principle of the program is to promote the concept of positive ageing, reinforcing the principle that older people have & continue to make a valuable contribution to both their local & wider community.

This is a Baby Boomers Special program.
This is the final program in the 4-part series of the incredibly talented, English born Chris Stockely. It is the story of a man who migrated to Australia in the early 1960’s as a young teen and carved out a remarkable career in some of our most noteworthy music groups. In this program Chris tells the story of how the time came when he had to focus his career on writing his own material and how this led to his recent, and first solo album – Pale New Sun.

However during this program, we divert from music and learn about Chris and his wife Jenny’s move into the world of location catering for films. But, there’s more! Chris shares his thoughts on a range of social issues, which in turn helps us, the listener, understand even more about this man who is certainly at seventy years of age not ready to go quietly into retirement.

Chris on the cover of his CD – Pale New Sun
 
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[Listen To Older Voices is a Uniting Melba program and receives funding from the Commonwealth Government through the Commonwealth Home Support Program]

Listen To Older Voices : Chris Stockley – Part 3

  Welcome to Listen To Older Voices, a program produced 
by Rob Greaves for Uniting Melba and podcast through the 
Toorak Times and Tagg.

Listen To Older Voices presents the stories, views and opinions of our older citizens. It is predominantly in a life & times format, with interviewees reflecting upon their lives from earliest memories. An underlying principle of the program is to promote the concept of positive ageing, reinforcing the principle that older people have & continue to make a valuable contribution to both their local & wider community.

This is a Baby Boomers special program.

In part 3 of the Life and Times of Chris Stockley, we spend much of the program peeling back the layers of the development and history of one of Australia’s most iconic groups of the 1970’s – The Dingoes, of which Chris was an important part. The group amassed an amazing live following and released some amazing music on albums, further helping Chris develop not only his guitar licks but also his song writing.

Chris holds little back as we follow the story of the Dingoes success and their tour of the USA where fame beckoned. Then, just as their music was about to explode and their tour to take them onto major stages, it all imploded!

This was a dark time for Chris and he hides little as he talks about what happened and how he was “invited” to leave the band. However, out of this “disaster” further opportunities arose, as we will hear from Chris.



Chris on guitar with Broderick Smith, fronting the Dingoes

 

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[Listen To Older Voices is a Uniting Melba program and receives funding from the Commonwealth Government through the Commonwealth Home Support Program]

Listen To Older Voices : Wyn Wilson – Part 2

 Welcome to Listen To Older Voices, 
a program produced by Rob Greaves for Uniting Melba 
and podcast through the Toorak Times and Tagg.
Listen To Older Voices presents the stories, views and opinions of our older citizens. It is predominantly in a life & times format, with interviewees reflecting upon their lives from earliest memories. An underlying principle of the program is to promote the concept of positive ageing, reinforcing the principle that older people have & continue to make a valuable contribution to both their local & wider community.

This is another wonderful Golden Moment Repeat program, where we have dipped into our vault of treasured memories and retrieved a story from the archives that we believe deserves being repeated for those who may have missed it the first time. The story of Wyn Wilson was first aired in October 2004 when I sat down with the then 77-year old Wyn.
This is the second and final part of the story of Wyn Wilson. Having been born and bought up in South Africa during its height of apartheid, Wyn is in a prime position to talk about why this terrible social and racial separation occurred and why it was so wrong. Although now consigned to history, it is an engrossing experience to hear from the mouth of an educated white woman who witnessed so much of this terrible tragedy – and it reminds us why we should guard against similar separateness today.

We are also totally entranced by the story of the horrific story of the trials and traumas she and her husband had in getting out of South Africa before happily making Australia their new home.

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[Listen To Older Voices receives funding from the Commonwealth Government through 
the Commonwealth Home Support Program Program]

Listen To Older Voices : Wyn Wilson – Part 1

 Welcome to Listen To Older Voices,  
a program produced by Rob Greaves for Uniting Melba and podcast through 
the Toorak Times and Tagg.

Listen To Older Voices presents the stories, views and opinions of our older citizens. It is predominantly in a life & times format, with interviewees reflecting upon their lives from earliest memories. An underlying principle of the program is to promote the concept of positive ageing, reinforcing the principle that older people have & continue to make a valuable contribution to both their local & wider community.

This is another wonderful Golden Moment Repeat program, where we have dipped into our vault of treasured memories and retrieved a story from the archives that we believe deserves being repeated for those who may have missed it the first time. The story of Wyn Wilson was first aired in October 2004 when I sat down with the then 77-year old Wyn.

Wyn was born in South Africa and lived there for many years before migrating to Australia. She talks about her early years as a young white girl in a white run country that was the home of black Africans. Scholastically inclined she won a scholarship to university but Wyn also had other attributes. You see she was also very musically inclined and passed her music teaching exams which seemingly opened her world up even more.

However it is her story of working with young black children in a welfare capacity that is particularly interesting, for this was a period when apartheid was at its height. Her story about her grandfather, who was the President of the New Republic of Natal is also of considerable interest.

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[Listen To Older Voices receives funding from the Commonwealth Government 
through the Commonwealth Home Support Program Program]

Listen To Older Voices : Ruth Rooney – Part 2

 Welcome to Listen To Older Voices, 
a program produced by Rob Greaves for Uniting Melba and podcast 
through the Toorak Times and Tagg.

Listen To Older Voices presents the stories, views and opinions of our older citizens. It is predominantly in a life & times format, with interviewees reflecting upon their lives from earliest memories. An underlying principle of the program is to promote the concept of positive ageing, reinforcing the principle that older people have & continue to make a valuable contribution to both their local & wider community.

In this, the final part of the story of Ruth Rooney, Ruth talks at some length about her husband, John. She discusses openly how he passed away after being taken off dialysis. His “assisted dying” was the correct course of action in Ruth’s mind, but nonetheless, it was a most difficult period for her.

 John

However with the support of her religious beliefs and her friends she found had all the support she needed.

Ruth also talks openly about incident where he knees gave away and she found herself stuck on the toilet from 9am to 6pm. It was then that her son found her and called an ambulance, one of the paramedics having been, in Ruth’s words, “a plumber in a previous life.”

Her story is a mixture of humor, tragedy, compassion and beliefs. For it all, Ruth says her life has been rich and rewarding

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[Listen To Older Voices receives funding from the Commonwealth Government through the Commonwealth Home Support Program Program]

Listen To Older Voices – Ruth Rooney : Part 1

Image of Ruth Rooney Welcome to Listen To Older Voices, a program 
produced by Rob Greaves for Uniting Melba and podcast through 
the Toorak Times and Tagg.

Listen To Older Voices presents the stories, views and opinions of our older citizens. It is predominantly in a life & times format, with interviewees reflecting upon their lives from earliest memories. An underlying principle of the program is to promote the concept of positive ageing, reinforcing the principle that older people have & continue to make a valuable contribution to both their local & wider community.

This is the first part of a 2-part program on the Life and Times of 69 Year old Ruth Rooney. Ruth is a Baby Boomer but did not follow the path that many of the Baby Boomers followed growing up and as the program progresses you will understand why.

Adopted at a very young age she lived with her adoptive parents in the Western Districts of Victoria. She lived a fairly isolated life and was schooled in a one-room class. She was often driven to school in a car driven by a 12-year-old boy amazingly with her parent’s knowledge. This alone makes for a fascinating story but, there is more to come! She becomes very heavily involved with her church and through her beliefs becomes a volunteer worker in Papua New Guinea, a job she loved but one that came, as we will learn, to a most unfortunate end.

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[Listen To Older Voices receives funding from the Commonwealth Government through the Commonwealth Home Support Program Program]

Listen To Older Voices – Rosalyn Thornton: Part 2

 Welcome to Listen To Older Voices,
a program produced by Rob Greaves for Uniting Melba and podcast through 
the Toorak Times and Tagg.

Listen To Older Voices presents the stories, views and opinions of our older citizens. It is predominantly in a life & times format, with interviewees reflecting upon their lives from earliest memories. An underlying principle of the program is to promote the concept of positive ageing, reinforcing the principle that older people have & continue to make a valuable contribution to both their local & wider community.

The life and Times of Rosalyn Thornton is another Golden Moment repeat program, and as you listen you will understand why we thought it was worthy of being presented to those who may have missed it the first time.
In this, the second and final part of the Life and Times of Rosalyn Thornton, Rosalyn continues the story of life after losing her husband to mesothelioma leaving her widowed with 3 young children and no welfare payments.  Her story continues on sharing how she met her second husband Graham Thornton and, we learn of Graham’s involvement with the Flying Doctor Service.
 
Life moves on and Rosalyn shares a most fascinating tale of her life in live theatre where she undertook costume design and theatre design with both the Australian Ballet Company and then Channel 7.
 
In Rosalyn’s own words – she is an Aussie battler! You listen and make up your own mind.




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[Listen To Older Voices receives funding from the Commonwealth Government through the Commonwealth Home Support Program Program]

Listen To Older Voices: Hannah Sky – Part 2

 Welcome to Listen To Older Voices, a program produced by 
Rob Greaves for Uniting Melba and podcast through the Toorak Times 
and Tagg.
Listen To Older Voices presents the stories, views and opinions of our older citizens. It is predominantly in a life & times format, with interviewees reflecting upon their lives from earliest memories. An underlying principal of the program is to promote the concept of positive ageing, reinforcing the principle that older people have & continue to make a valuable contribution to both their local & wider community.

This is part 2 of a 3-part program featuring the Life & Times of Hannah Sky who was the first producer of the Listen To Older Voices program. We learn that Hannah was a teacher at the last “strap school” in the state of Victoria where she took a stand against the practice. It would not be the last stand she would take on behalf of people who were underrepresented or could not speak for themselves

In this program Hannah continues to talk about her early life with stories of what it was like in a boarding school but, we also learn about Hannah’s work when she grew up, work largely in community development and how she was a key player in the development of the Melba Community program, where the Listen To Older Voices would be born some 19 years ago.


Click to hear Hannah Sky – Part 2


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[Listen To Older Voices receives funding from the Commonwealth Government through the Commonwealth Home Support Program Program]

Listen To Older Voices – The Life & Times of Hannah Sky

 Welcome to Listen To Older Voices,  
a program produced by Rob Greaves for Uniting Melba and podcast 
through the Toorak Times and Tagg.
Listen To Older Voices presents the stories, views and opinions of our older citizens. It is predominantly in a life & times format, with interviewees reflecting upon their lives from earliest memories. An underlying principal of the program is to promote the concept of positive ageing, reinforcing the principle that older people have & continue to make a valuable contribution to both their local & wider community.

 

This is the first part of a 3-part program on Hannah Sky. It was originally aired in August 2008 to celebrate the 500th LTOV Program. Hannah was the original producer of Listen To Older Voices and over these three programs we will learn something about Hannah, and her work in helping to establish this amazing series that just celebrated its 1000th program.

 

Part 1 focuses upon Hannah’s early years from her birth in 1965 and as we track through those early years we learn about her and her family in a most informative and entertaining way

Click to hear Hannah Sky – Part 1


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[Listen To Older Voices receives funding from the Commonwealth Government through the Commonwealth Home Support Program Program]