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 the first of three-part show we have pulled from our Vault of Treasured Programs. Originally aired in 2008 the story is that of the then 83 year old Bill Day. We have a chance to learn about life on the land in the early 1930’s through Bills recollections. He tells of the great mice plague, his days in a very small rural school and of his father, who he recalls as the model for hard work.
He recalls the effort his father put into everything he did, such as when he built a fence and did it so well, and when some 70 years later when the Council had need to remove it, they could only do so with a mammoth effort. Through his stories he teaches us much, such as the value of having a basic wage. His tories pour forth and he shares with us how he learned construction techniques that would prove invaluable in later life, as we will learn in a later episode.
Bill Day is a true “old timer” sharing a very real Aussie story of a lifestyle now gone.
[Listen To Older Voices receives funding from the Commonwealth Government through the Commonwealth Home Support Program Program]