“Welcome to Listen To Older Voices, a program produced by Rob Greaves and podcast through the Toorak Times and Tagg”
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.
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.
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
[Listen To Older Voices receives funding from the Commonwealth Government through the Commonwealth Home Support Program Program]