listen to older voices: phyllis smith – part 2

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

Welcome to the 2nd of a 3-part program that was originally aired in 2012, and features the Life & Times of an amazing woman, who was only one month shy of her 100th birthday when I interviewed her.

We gained a lot of information of Phyllis’ early years in part 1 of her story, and in part 2, Phyllis covers an amazing amount of ground. Humour constantly punctuates her stories and there are few funnier than her story of her attempt to smoke.

Phyllis also provides some very chilling stories, one in particular about her uncle, who was an ANZAC, and it reminds us that these are stories that need to be told and remembered.

Yet Phyllis had a knack of switching from the chilling to the fascinating in the blink of an eye and before we know it, her stories involve rabbits, dogs and how cleaning a muddy floor, led her to meeting her husband to be, Ted.

One story that is really engaging is how Phyllis came to be, at the time of the interview, the oldest elder of the Yarra Tribe.

This part of her story finishes off with how she and Ted came to be ridding in a covered wagon with a ferret and a dingo!

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 

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