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Saturday, June 25, 2022

Listen To Older Voices: Rob Greaves – Part 3

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

listen to older voices: rob greaves – part 3
Circa 1990 working at the ACTU – [CLICK to enlarge]

 

  I’m Rob Greaves and it has been my pleasure to host LTOV for an 18-year period, and now as the program comes to an end, I thought I’d share some of my story.

 

 

There is some of my “dark years” in this program as I talk about how my friend David introduced me to a friend of his, Charles, who on learning I had been an industrial chemist took an interest in me for the possibility of some quite illegal activities.

I share the story of being a taxi driver and then on buying a van, how I became a taxi-truck driver. This leads me into a story of how this led to heading up north to the small Qld town of Cooroy, where I lived in a house in the middle of a state forest with no power or running water.

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Circa 1983: Cooroy Qld – [CLICK to enlarge

 

My story then moves to how my friends and myself were set up by a notorious local Queensland detective, who some would claim was corrupt, and how we fronted a kangaroo court and ended up being run out of the state. But the story doesn’t end there when I was visited in Melbourne by some detectives – you see someone set a bomb in a cupboard for that detective to find, but sadly it ended up killing a child.

listen to older voices: rob greaves – part 3
Newspaper clip referring to the bombing. – [CLICK to enlarge]

 

Music plays a large part of my life and in this part of my story and I share many stories of the ‘Lectric Loo recording studio my music partner, David,  set up in Sydney. I talk about our first vinyl Lp release and how one of the tracks on it won a prize in an International Electronic music competition. 

listen to older voices: rob greaves – part 3
Part of my musical equipment in the ‘Lectric Loo studio: 1978 – [CLICK to enlarge]

 

Then I speak of meeting and joining forces with the late and great Aussie magician – Geoff Crozier and of the show we formed together in the early 1980’s.

listen to older voices: rob greaves – part 3
On stage at the Billboard venue in Melbourne: 1980 – [CLICK to enlarge]

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 

supermarkets put junk food on special twice as often as healthy food, and that’s a problem

 

[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