listen to older voices : elizabeth (betty) macclafferty – part 2
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Welcome to Listen To Older Voices, a program produced by Rob Greaves for Wesley Mission Victoria and podcast through the Toorak Times.

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 principal 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 of a 3-part program on the Life and Times of 88 year old Betty MacClafferty. From very early in her story we begin to understand that Betty is indeed a strong willed woman.  So when she makes up her mind to achieve something, it is definitely a case of things better not get in her way. In this part of her story we learn how despite all incredible the obstacles put in her way by men, she obtains her Black belt in judo.

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We earn of the circumstances that led her to come to Australia where she actually became the first woman to gain a 3rd Dan rating in judo and a life member of the Judo federation of Australia. But don’t start believing judo is the beginning and ending of this remarkable woman’s story, because it isn’t. There are many great stories involving her and her story of actually getting to Australia is fascinating in its own right.

Click to hear Elizabeth (Betty) MacClafferty – Part 2


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[Listen To Older Voices receives funding from the Commonwealth Government through the Commonwealth Home Support  Program]