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Saturday, May 28, 2022

Listen To Older Voices : Pat Grotaers – Part 1



Welcome to Listen To Older Voices, a program produced by Rob Greaves and podcast through the Toorak Times and Tagg

All Listen To Older Voices stories tell tales of times, people and places that are worthy of listening to and appreciating. However every now and again there is an exceptional story. The story of Pat Grotaers is the story of an amazing woman who had to overcome serious adversity.

Her story is both inspirational and fascinating.

Originally broadcast in March 2011, it is indeed a Golden Moment story that deserves to be retold so that those who missed it the first time can enjoy it now.

This is Part 1 of a 3-part program. Patricia (Pat) Grotaers was born in 1947 in Eversham, Worcestershire in the UK. With undiagnosed dyslexia she was labeled stupid and was even locked in a school cupboard as punishment for being “stupid”. What made it even worse was, she was forgotten.

As we will learn over the 3-parts of this program, even though dyslexia is a serious form of a learning disability, it was neither considered as a barrier or an excuse for Pat.   We listen in amazement as she tells her story of growing up. While telling this story we begin to understand her philosophy of how to bring children up.

Even though she demonstrated considerable artistic talent and a strong desire to use that talent her patents forced her into a “proper job”. The part of her story where a gypsy accurately foretold her future will leave you in utter amazement as will her journey to Australia.

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 

an asteroid just buzzed past earth, and we barely noticed in time


[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