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Listen To Older Voices : John Steen – Part 3

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.

​Welcome to the 3rd and final program featuring the Life & Times of John Steen. In this final program we learn more about Bev, John’s wife, and the incredible life they carved out together when they moved to the isolated but beautiful King Island. Among his many stories is one involving how John almost came to sink the Straightsman, which was the ship that connected King island to mainland Australia.

 

listen to older voices : john steen – part 3

The stories just come and come and it is easy to forget the incredibly difficult life John had as a boy with polio. He and Bev returned eventually to the mainland where he ended his working career. At the time when this interview was conducted, in 2007, John was facing the very real possibility of loosing his leg in a necessary operation but, we know that John has faced and succeeded in the face of much adversity in his life and indeed shines through with that typical Aussie spirit.

 


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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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