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Monday, May 23, 2022

Listen To Older Voices : David Flint – 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 the second program in this 4-part program featuring the story of David Flint. We learn of the circumstances that led David to first manage Melbourne’s first and most loved disco, the Thumping Tum, and then to own and operate it.

Located in Little Latrobe street, the Tum was a favorite of Melbourne’s music fans and bands, and, of the police and council authorities. The fans and the bands went there because it was the place to be with a wonderful atmosphere, generally decorated in Victorian period décor and featuring a dance floor where the ceiling was entirely covered with opened umbrellas hanging upside down.

The installation of the iconic “Tum Umbrellas” in the performance/dance area.


The authorities constantly visited it because as David learned he was operating without the many licenses required and the huge crowds meant drugs and alcohol.

David in the days of the “Tum”


Through his stories we learn of how the Tum not only remained opened but went from strength to strength and became known for featuring the most iconic bands and artists of the day such as Max Merritt and the Meteors, Billy Thorpe, the Purple Hearts, Spectrum, Wendy Saddington, Jeff St. John – just to name so very few.

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 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