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Listen To Older Voices : John Steen – Part 2


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.
In this, the second of a 3-part program featuring John Steen, we learn that despite his earlier setbacks when he contracted polio as a young child, John goes on to gain an apprenticeship in boat building and ends up working on Australia’s famous Ord river project.


listen to older voices : john steen – part 2
At the conclusion of that job John purchases a 10meter Cray boat that he works, and then, joins the crew of an old schooner that sailed from Melbourne to Sydney. But the story doesn’t end there as we learn of his marriage and the ceremony at Melbourne’s beautiful and historic Ripponlea Gardens.

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

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