Listen To Older Voices : Gary Fletcher – Part 2

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Listen To Older Voices : Gary Fletcher – 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 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 and final part of the program featuring the life and Times of Gary Fletcher. Born at the beginning of WWII in a very rural outer town of Warburton, Gary learned not only the necessity work hard, but to be driven to succeed. We learn how it was that through receiving some assistance from the son of the then prime Minister of Australia, Robert Menzies, that Gary gained a lucrative contract to build roads in PNG.

The stories come thick and fast and could have formed the script for an adventure movie. They include being held up and having a homemade shotgun held to his head. The gun was fired, but fortunately it jammed!

Gary and his business partner also helped fund local kids’ education, and one of these kids later went on to become a medical doctor, which was something Gary was very proud of.


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[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 worked as Senior Editor of the Toorak Times until 2023, when I retired. I now work as a special features contributor for both the Toorak Times and Tagg. 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 actually printed on paper) as well as working in the film industry, as the Film Unit manager on Homicide for several years. I also have extensive experience in audio production and editing.

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