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.