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Monday, May 23, 2022

Listen To Older Voices : David Flint – 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 part 1 of a 4-part program featuring the Life and Times of 76-year-old David Flint. While technically not a Baby Boomer David, as we will come to learn, not only spent a good part of his life working with Baby Boomers he also played a significant part on the Melbourne music scene which was heavily frequented by Boomers from the mid 1960’s onwards.

He opening up Melbourne’s first and possible most successful discothèque – The Thumping Tum, which was “the” place for the Baby Boomers to be seen and to get their music fix.

As we follow David’s story from his early life onward we begin to understand the beginnings of the man he was to become – talented, driven and successful.

A young David


He developed a strong desire to work in the fledgling Australian television industry and as unlikely as this seemed, it came to fruition as he worked at Channel 9 on some of their top programs, such as Graham Kennedy’s In Melbourne Tonight.

Yet, even as he worked building sets for many Channel 9 programs, he recognised that by the mid 1960’s that the live music in town halls was no longer meeting the needs of the emerging generation. The punters wanted something better and so it is we learn how he became involved in the establishment of the Thumping Tum disco.

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 

[Listen To Older Voices receives funding from theCommonwealth 
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