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Listen To Older Voices : Ellice Hatfull – 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 Connect 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 featuring 98-year-old Ellice Hatfull. As we take a journey together through Ellice’s life, we come to understand something of this remarkably energetic and positive woman. If there is ever a prime example of positive ageing it is found in this story.

listen to older voices : ellice hatfull – part 1
A very young Ellice – circa 1921

Born in London in 1919 Ellice is still able to recall some of those very early years with her 3 sisters and her brother. She talks about the difficult working and living conditions working class people faced in those days and of the pressure put upon her when her mother dies of TB and she is required to look after her younger siblings. Then, 3years later, her father dies. However, this is not a story of doom and gloom it is quite the opposite and this becomes very clear as Ellice talks about her life, and how neighbourhoods in those pre-war days were real communities.

Click to hear Ellice Hatfull – Part 1

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


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

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