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 Melbourne musician – Laurie Arthur.

Laurie formed the iconic Australian group the Strangers in the early 1960’s and then went on to form the Mixtures in the mid 1960’s. He continued on as a musician of note for many decades.

A young Laurie – early Strangers


As a child Laurie suffered from a medical affliction that affected his ability to hold his neck up straight. This resulted in terrible tormenting at primary school. However, it was during this time his father encouraged the young Laurie to build things. Laurie’s response was to begin building electronic pieces. These included crystal sets before moving onto valve radios. All this at the age of 9!

Then at 10, he contracted polio.  The story of his polio testing and then the treatment is of processes that would be considered as brutal today. Yet again he overcame this issue and as part of his recovery became heavily involved in physical activities.  Laurie in fact went on to become a sports champion at secondary school.

Despite all that he faced, Laurie still found time to become interested in music – which led to a life-long career.

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]