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 2 of the story of Baby Boomer Shirley Howard. Much of part 2 is taken up learning about the relationship Shirley developed with Tex, a young career soldier, and how they got married and how she gained not only a husband but, a new way of life as the wife of a career soldier. She is constantly on the move both inside and outside Australia, which included a posting to Port Moresby which bemame her home.
She and Tex had two sons but the pressure and stress of constantly moving eventually has its effect on their marriage and they separate. It is about this time that one of her sons, Travis, is badly injured in a car accident and Shirley finds herself living, with Travis in Melbourne while he receives treatment. With Tex and the other son living in Darwin, they eventually divorce and she is forced back to work to take care of both herself and Travis.
[Listen To Older Voices receives funding from the Commonwealth Government through the Commonwealth Home Support Program Program]