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 the second part of the Life and Times of 79 year old Hungarian ex-patriate Charles Pallaghy, Charles talks about life under the Russians after the end of WWII and how by luck or divine intervention, the family not only avoided being shot by the Russians but were “rescued’ by the Americans.
Wanting to emigrate we learn why Australia was chosen over the USA, Canada and South America, where his father had been offered a full professorship. Charles’ story of the trip to Australia are only bettered by the stories of the families arrival in Australia and their life in the Bonegilla Migrant Camp.
We learn of the trouble his father had getting work as his qualifications were not recognized. The story of how Charles came to be earning more money than his father while still at school and how he might have become a rich man except his father insisted on him going to university, round up this part of his story.
Click to hear Charles Pallaghy – Part 2
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[Listen To Older Voices receives funding from the Commonwealth Government through the Commonwealth Home Support Program Program]