Listen To Older Voices: Mary Davenport – Part 3

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Welcome to Listen To Older Voices, a program produced Rob Greaves for Wesley Mission Victoria and podcast through the Toorak Times.

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 the 3rd and final part of the story of 96-year-old Mary Davenport. A well-educated, thoughtful and assertive woman with a great sense of humor, Mary’s stories continue to come thick and fast. In this final part of her story we learn that while many of us talk about writing our story, Mary has done so and, she has had it published. She is also a poet and shares a fantastic piece of her work at the end of this program.

We learn more about her family and her life and she includes a story about how she took on the Australian Tax Office, and won! Yet by the time we get to this story you won’t be surprised at that outcome, because she will have convinced you through her story and achievements that she is organized, knowledgeable, she certainly speaks her mind and she is one very determined woman.

In fact she is a wonderful woman with wonderful stories and a solid life philosophy and her story will inspire and entertain.
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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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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