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Listen To Older Voices : John Steen – Part 1


Rob Greaves
Rob Greaves
I have been with the Toorak Times since April 2012. I worked as Senior Editor of the Toorak Times for 10 years before retiring in 2012. I continue now as an occasional feature writer. 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. I retired from paid radio work in 2022 and took up a position in the Education Centre at Puffing Billy
Welcome to Listen To Older Voices, a program produced by Rob Greaves for
Wesley Mission Victoria 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 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 part 1 of a 3-part program originally aired in June of 2007. It features the inspirational story of John Steen who was born just after the end of WWII. John is able to recall life from the early age of 18 months of age, an age when he contracted the little understood and highly infectious disease of polio. 
listen to older voices : john steen – part 1
John talks about the very poor often-crude treatment and recalls in vivid details the affect all this had on his parents. Isolated in Hamilton hospital for a further 18 months, even his parents were banned from seeing him. John’s story also includes great stories of his grandparents including one story involving how his grandfather played a key role in building the original and iconic Rye hotel, located on Melbourne’s south-east peninsular.

Click to hear John Steen – Part 1

Previous LTOV Programs can be accessed clicking on this icon – listen to older voices : john steen – part 1


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

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