Welcome to Listen To Older Voices, a program produced 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 a Golden Moment repeat program, where we take a program from our vault of treasured memories and re-present it, so that the listeners that missed it the first time can now hear this wonderful story.

Born in 1943, Laurie Hookey is a most engaging man whose stories come fast and they also come with a lot of humour. Laurie continues his stories about his life as a member of the Melbourne & Metropolitan Fire brigade and his meeting and marrying Mary.

He shares the reasons he eventually left the fire brigade to start his own business in the township of Healesville, outside Melbourne, and how one of Mary’s jobs leads to many adventures overseas. This is a wonderful story told by a wonderful man.

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

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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