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Listen To Older Voices: Rob Greaves – 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 and podcast through the Toorak Times and Tagg” 

listen to older voices: rob greaves – part 1
1949 – Sitting on the fence in Yarraville [ CLICK to enlarge]



For 18 years I have presented the Listen To Older Voices program as both the producer and interviewer.

This is part 1 of a 4-part program, where I present the story of my journey over the 76 years of my life.



I was born in the London East-end borough of Stepney in May of 1946 – the early period of post WWII Britain. My mother was Ivy Greaves and my father Jim Greaves.

In this part of my story I reflect on the roles my parents played in WWII and how my father came with a squadron of Spitfires to be stationed in Darwin during the war, and as a result at wars end, bought his wife and young son to Australia as ten-pound poms in 1949.

listen to older voices: rob greaves – part 1
My father leaning on the engine of a Spitfire: Darwin WWII – [CLICK to enlarge]

From my earliest memories of living in the then heavy industrial area of Yarraville I reflect on what life was like growing up and moving around the mid 1950’s until we moved into a new Housing Commission estate in the then Melbourne suburb of Jordanville – where life as for a boy was brilliant.

I share many stories that all revolve around how healthy a lifestyle we led, a lifestyle that was almost entirely revolving around being outdoors, forming local gangs, playing, exploring and using our imaginations.

listen to older voices: rob greaves – part 1
My mother, Aunty, Dad, Me, Jan (my sister) & nan blowing out the candles. circa 1955 – [CLICK to enlarge]
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The backyard in Jordanville circa 1957 – [CLICK to enlarge]

I recall the importance of the Saturday afternoon picture matinees and of the introduction of TV. School was an important part of my life and I share how I excelled in my studies until contracting Scarlett fever and how as a result of missing school, things went awry – for a while.

Previous Listen To Older Voices Programs can be found in our archive, by clicking on one link or the other

2012 to 2016   

 –  2016 onward 

supermarkets put junk food on special twice as often as healthy food, and that’s a problem

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


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