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Saturday, June 25, 2022

Listen To Older Voices: Christine Easdown – Part 1



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

listen to older voices: christine easdown – part 1
Christine, aged nearly 5 at Kindergarten – [CLICK to enlarge]


Welcome to part one of a 3-part Listen To Older Voices program, featuring the Life and Times of Christine Easdown.



In Part 1 we learn that Christine was born in 1955, in East Melbourne, and she introduces us to her mother and father and in doing so, we gain a better understanding of her.

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A young Christine – [CLICK to enlarge]


Chris, as she likes to be called, shares stories of her school experiences and how while she was attending school, her parents bought a milk bar, which helped her with her confidence in dealing with people. The hours required to operate such a business also meant the family were rarely together, especially at meal times.

Like many teens she enjoyed going to dances, of which the Melbourne dance called Opus was one she frequented often. Her story continues with her attending Monash Uni where she had dreams of becoming a linguist, but those dreams were somewhat shattered when she discovered her language skills were simply not up to it.

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Christine participating in a fashion parade at Moe High School where she was teaching – [CLICK to enlarge]

 In fact Christine decides that a career in teaching is where her future is, and she starts her stories of teaching, stories that go through parts 1 and 2 of her story.

While attending university in the 1970’s she and a friend take time off and travel through S.E Asia and her stories include stories of incidents with the Pathet Lao.

We recall that during the 1970’s much of that whole geographic area was undergoing serious political upheavals. It certainly all makes for a fascinating start to her story.

Previous Listen To Older Voices Programs can be found in our archive, by clicking on one link or the other

2012 to 2016   

 –  2016 onward 

supermarkets put junk food on special twice as often as healthy food, and that’s a problem


[Listen To Older Voices receives funding from the Commonwealth Government 
through the Commonwealth Home Support Program Program]
Rob Greaves
I have been with the Toorak Times since April 2012. I work as Senior Editor of the Toorak Times, but I also think of myself as senior contributor. I've been in the Australian music scene as a musician since 1964, and have worked in radio and TV and newspapers (when they were paper ), serious experience in audio editing, and a lot of video editing experience. Currently I'm working as a radio program producer for a national interview program as well as my work with the Toorak Times